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Cirkopolis – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Directors: Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St Pierre Choreographer: Dave St Pierre Composer: Stefan Boucher Reviewer: Lu Greer Cirkopolis, from the Montreal based troupe Cirque Éloize sold-out audiences across 50 countries before making its way to Norwich. Proclaiming the ability to challenge the limits of gravity and perform jaw-dropping feats against a backdrop of video projections, the theatre saw a packed ...

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London Film Festival: Sometimes, Always, Never

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce Director: Carl Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce really likes to write about fathers and sons; last year his movie Goodbye Christopher Robin examined the relationship between the shell-shocked A.A. Milne and his son, woven into the magical landscape that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. More modestly this year Cottrell Boyce’s new film Sometimes, Always, Never, premiered at ...

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London Film Festival: The Front Runner

Writers: Matt Bai, Jason Carson and Jason Reitman Director: Jason Reitman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Personal indiscretions have the power to end political careers but that hasn’t always been the case. In the UK it was the Profumo affair of 1961 that permanently altered the relationship between the press and Parliament, while in America after Watergate in the 1970s corruption and ...

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Joanna Lumley: It’s All About Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs From Ken Barlow’s girlfriend to Purdey, Bond Girl to Patsy Stone, Joanna Lumley has been carving out her role as National Treasure for nearly fifty years. Most recently she’s been getting all emotional under the Northern Lights and following the Silk Road, remaking herself as a go-to celebrity to front travel documentaries. It’s no wonder she’s in ...

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ENO: Porgy and Bess – London Coliseum

Composer: George Gershwin Libretto: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, based on the play by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Director: James Robinson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There has not been much in the way of good news coming from English National Opera of late. Perhaps – just perhaps – this new production of the Gershwins’ musical crowning glory, a co-production with New ...

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Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sam Lowe Canzoni d'Amore, a beautiful title for a ravishing concert on the Lyric Theatre stage. It translates to "songs of love", the overall theme for this evening's musical repertoire. Russell Watson has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, establishing himself as the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. "The People's Tenor", has performed for many ...

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Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Kemp Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Bruce Campbell, who starred in the Evil Dead movie franchise, also played Elvis Presley in a film where The King faked his own death and lived in a retirement home fighting the undead. Now, in The Elvis Dead,  Rob Kemp re-tells the second instalment of the movie franchise using songs made famous by Elvis Presley; ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Edwin Morgan from the book by Edmund Rostand Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Loosely (rather loosely at that) based upon Edmund Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac has previously been translated into Scots by Edwin Morgan. Returning to bring some panache into the Lyceum, delivering the concocted mythos and life of a man who embodied the true sense ...

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