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A Judgement in Stone- The Opera House, Manchester 

Writer: Ruth Rendell adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an ...

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Sunny Afternoon – The Opera House, Manchester

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jo Beggs As the latest big-hitting West End juke-box musical prepares for its final weeks in London, the Sunny Afternoon tour team is on the road to play the length and breadth of the UK, starting in Manchester. Let's be honest, if you’re not a Kinks fan you probably won’t ...

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The Last Tango – The Opera House, Manchester

Co-Choreographers Karen Bruce, Flavia Cacace, Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard   No one could predict back in 2004 that Strictly Come Dancing would become such a stalwart of family TV entertainment. Nor would anyone imagine that the show would make household names of so many of the professional dancers and lead to any number of spin-off theatre ...

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Manchester Opera House

Producer/Director David King Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer:- Stephanie Rowe Taking you back in time to the golden age of Hollywood and the dances of Fred Astaire, the American production of Puttin' on the Ritz has hit the UK stage. This nostalgic journey has all the glamour and glitz one would expect and it is delivered with pizzazz. With music from ...

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Kinderstransport – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The relationship between the emotionally reserved Evelyn (Janet Dibley) and her daughter Faith (Rosie Holden) is strained. Faith is shocked to discover that Evelyn’s fear of authority figures and trains may originate in her experience as a child fleeing the Nazi regime as part of the ‘Kinderstransport’. This process allowed 10,000, ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The Opera House, Manchester

Book: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard [rating:5] After successful runs in both Chichester and the West End, Singin’ in the Rain is now out on tour and what a star to the tour it is. Losing nothing from its former home at London’s Palace Theatre, this production ...

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –The Opera House, Manchester

Book: Lawrence Kasha &David S. Landay Music: Gene de Paul Lyrics: Johnny Mercer Director &Choreographer: Patti Colombo Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard [Rating:3.5]   This 1950s musical has been loving revived for the touring circuit, with Sam Attwater at the helm as oldest brother, Adam Pontipee and Helena Blackman as Milly, the first woman to marry in to the family of seven ...

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Nabucco – Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Guiseppe Verdi Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3] Of his two daughters the warlord Nabucco ( Petru Racovita) surprisingly favours the pacifist Fenena (Zarui Vardanean) over the bellicose Abigaille ( Olga Busuioc). Abigaille is shocked to discover that Nabucco is not her father and that Fenena plans to free the captive Hebrew slaves. Her efforts ...

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