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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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Ben Harper – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jonny Black Ben Harper is a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist who effortlessly fuses folk, rock, gospel, rock and reggae. He is a multi Grammy award winner with twelve studio albums to date spanning a twenty year career. He hails from Pomona in California. This has the feel of a comeback gig. Harper has not played live on these shores ...

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20th Century Boy – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Peter Rowe Music and Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: James Garrington Nearly two years before Andrew Lloyd Webber became a regular Saturday night BBC 1 fixture with his search for a musical theatre star, a similar yet almost-forgotten programme aired on Channel 4. It was called Musicality, and the prize was to appear for just one ...

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The Real Life of Brian Conley – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Maley Brian Conley, a Saturday night variety TV star since the late 1980s, kicks off his new tour, The Real Life of Brian Conley’ in Salford at The Lowry, with an audience brimming with enthusiasm for his blend of nostalgic comedy and music. Early on stuntman alter ego Dangerous Brian makes an appearance and catchphrase ‘It’s a puppet!’ ...

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Taking Charlie – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Neil Warhurst Director: Andy Williams Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 1978, just two months after his funeral, Charlie Chaplin’s body was stolen and Chaplin’s widow Oona began receiving ransom messages, by telephone, demanding 600,000 Francs. The kidnappers have chosen the wrong man. “Charlie would have thought it ridiculous” she told the press, and held out long enough for the police ...

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The Frog and the Princess – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Rene Baker Reviewer: Clare Boswell The Frog and the Princess is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm traditional tale by veteran puppeteer Rene Baker and Norwich Puppet Theatre. The story itself packs quite a moralistic punch dealing with themes ranging from rejection, friendship, prejudice and discrimination. Ultimately it conveys an extremely important message to young children about acceptance of ...

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