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Shrek the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, which itself was based on a book by William Steig of the same name, Shrek the Musical has had a rather fairytale journey with a big bright beautiful Broadway opening, several US Tours, a two-year run at the Theatre Royal Drury and ...

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[Insert Slogan Here] – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Sam Ward Reviewer: Jo Beggs Following a scratch performance at the Royal Exchange last Summer, YESYESNONO bring [Insert Slogan Here] to the PUSH festival at HOME, which showcases local companies and performers. Comparing the show descriptions, though, suggests that writer and performer Sam Ward has made some significant changes to the piece for what he describes as “the first ...

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The Siege of Christmas – Contact, Manchester

Director: Alan Lane Reviewer: Andrea Allen Bad news everyone. The spirit of Christmas has been cancelled and the audience has been barricaded outside of Contact by a team of militant mince pies. This is The Siege of Christmas, and you’d better be wearing comfy shoes, because you’re the crack team who’s been tasked with finding the spirit of Christmas trapped ...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Douglas McGrath Music & Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: May Mellstrom Fresh from a two year run in the West End and with the original production still going strong on Broadway, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical arrives in  Manchester over Christmas in an affectionately told biography of Brooklyn teenager ...

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Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – Home, Manchester

Writer: Jon Barton Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems all the rage these days to take a popular and cherished story or fable and turn it on its head. It proved so popular with The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. It was inevitable that other stories would get this daring and ambitious makeover. However, it’s a brave person ...

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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Forced Entertainment: Real Magic – HOME, Manchester

Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Lizz Clark Art meets theatre in Real Magic, a show in which one scene is repeated over and over, with seemingly infinite variation. Claire Marshall, Jerry Killick and Richard Lowdon are trying to perform a mind-reading act, but it doesn't work. They switch roles, perform the same act with minor variations, and it doesn't work again ...

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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ - is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe - that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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