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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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The Wipers Times – Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: May Mellstrom Whilst enduring the horror and brutality of the trenches during the First World War a group of soldiers of the 24th Division, the Sherwood Foresters, salvaged an old printing press from a bombed out building in the Belgium town of Ypres, mispronounced as Wipers by British soldiers.  Led ...

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Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Michael Kiwanuka has come a long way since being championed by Adele in 2011, winning BBC Sound of 2012, from the release of his debut album Home Again’ to the stratospheric reception of his second album Love & Hate’ in 2016 which received nominations for Best Album from the Mercury Prize, the MOBOs, and BBC Music. Kiwanuka ...

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Stay Happy, Keep Smiling – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Simon Naylor Reviewer: Andrea Allen On an evening where a good number of the smartphone-wielding audience have just received a news alert informing them that MI5 have declared the UK to be on its most critical terror alert to date, Stay Happy, Keep Smiling couldn’t seem closer to home. Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan’s play takes  the ...

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Days of Wine and Roses – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: JP Miller Adaptation: Owen McCafferty Director: Jake Murray Reviewer: Matt Forrest When you think of London in the 1960’s, you’re immediately transported to the ‘Swinging Sixties’, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Carnaby Street and free love: however, Days of Wine and Roses, paints a very different picture, one of love, heartache, and tragedy with alcohol at the root of ...

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People, Places and Things – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Duncan McMillan Director: Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “People who aren’t addicted to anything are really missing out”. It may sound trite but it is a line in Duncan McMillan’s superbly crafted play that echoes long after the play ends. For anyone addicted to theatre this is one play you really don’t want to miss. ...

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