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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Director: Neil Foster Reviewer: Paul Downham Returning to the Lowry Theatre is the ever pleasing Horrible Histories, the best two hour history lesson you are ever likely to receive. This year the stories of Barmy Britain are the subject, and judging by the reaction from the child heavy audience the Birmingham Stage Company have yet another hit on their hands. ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage 1947 austerity arrived at Salisbury Playhouse in the form of the new touring production of Betty Blue Eyes, a musical composed by George Stiles and his lyricist partner Anthony Drewe. Based on the book by writers Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman this ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Putting on a play about how a student drama society might try to stage a play and having it go horribly wrong could be a recipe for self-indulgence and disaster. However, Mischief Theatre neatly avoid all such pitfalls and The Play That Goes Wrong is a rapid ...

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Buddy – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Pete Benson Buddy Holly is a member of a tragic elite along with the likes of Glenn Miller, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Otis Redding and others, all of them pop stars killed in air crashes at the height of their fame. Today a band with two guitars, bass and drums and the creators ...

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The Elephant Man – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Directors: Rich Rusk &Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch   There’s a breath of fresh air running through the New Wolsey Young Company – not that there was much wrong with the old one – and it brings a promise of even better things to come. The next generation has arrived and are determined to make their mark ...

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Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John Roberts Few ventriloquist's have met with the same international fame that has shrouded American Jeff Dunham - perhaps this is due in large to his embracing of social media, particularly You Tube, and that is perhaps also, why other ventriloquists such as Nina Conti and Paul Zerdin (who are brilliant at their craft) are a long way off ...

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Let It Be – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In avoiding the usual pitfalls of the jukebox musical i.e. shoe-horning the greatest hits of a band around an unnecessary narrative, Let It Be emerges triumphant as the perfect example of how to give your audience exactly what it wants. The producers have clearly acknowledged that it’s the music that is key. ...

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