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Hard Times – Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest When you think of the stories of Charles Dickens, Hard Times probably doesn’t register on most people’s top five or even top ten, of his best-loved works. So bearing this in mind, full credit must be given to Northern Broadsides, in particular, writer Deborah McAndrew, for transferring this ...

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Hard Times – Lowry Theatre,Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conraad Nelson Reviewer: Helen Jones Charles Dicken's tenth novel, Hard Times, was first published between April and August 1854 in twenty installments in Dicken's own weekly publication Household Words. Set in a fictionalised Northern mill town, possibly based on Preston, which Dickens had recently visited, it is a view on ...

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The Snow Queen – New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor &Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Snow Queen is a fitting offering from the New Vic as the festive season begins to bite.  It is a play that encapsulates the iciness of the temperatures outside but within is the warmth of a story based on hope. The Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian ...

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Ten Tiny Plays about Football – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Adam Boyle, Victoria Brazier, Dominic Burgess, Stephen Davies, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Daryn Simon, Micah Smith, Louise Turner, and Catherine Whitmore Director: Andrew Barry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Roundabout is a pop-up, plug-in-and-play theatre in the round that has popped up outside The Lowry. Bearing in mind the subject matter of this production erecting the facility across the river outside the ...

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Oliver Twist – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist – famously associated with the slums and streets of Victorian London – may seem a bold and unusual choice for The Dukes walkabout theatre production in the leafy Williamson Park. However the choice proves to be inspired, with the architecture and environment being used to ...

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The Borrowers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mary Norton Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Borrowing beyond all dreams of borrowing. Borrowing beyond your wildest dreams!” The festive season is always a magical time at the New Vic Theatre, and they haven’t disappointed with their stage adaptation of a family classic; The Borrowers. Set with the task of telling the story of a group ...

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We’re Not Going Back – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The Miners’ strike of the mid-eighties is something that many of us in the north have heard about or experienced, with stories passed to us from our uncles, cousins, grandfathers and fathers. Red Ladder Theatre Company provides a new perspective in their musical comedy We’re Not Going Back, as told through ...

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The Legend Of The Ghost Shark, 24:7 Festival – New Century House, Manchester

Writer: Anthony Morgan Director: Charlie Mortimer Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4]   The Legend of the Ghost Shark, written by Anthony Morgan, is described as a ‘surreal comedy’. This doesn’t really convey the quirky charm of the play but it does give an idea of the unique nature of the show. Finding his day job reviewing restaurants unchallenging Jason (Christopher Brett ...

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