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Great Expectations – The Opera House, Buxton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Bryce Couzens Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Dickens semi-autobiographical 1861 novel focuses on the childhood and early manhood of Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, the central character is vastly overshadowed by the majestic ruin that is Miss Havisham. Abandoned on her wedding day, and living among the decaying wreckage of her wedding breakfast, the ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Gabriella Slade Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It has been a long, brutal winter and we are all desperate for something cheerful and bright. Recognising a cue The Original Theatre Company offers Oscar Wilde’s evergreen classic The Importance of Being Earnest. The works of Oscar Wilde defy innovations; updating the setting to the present day simply ...

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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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