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Les Misérables – Liverpool Empire

Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel  Additional Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Lawrence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Jane Fleming Almost a decade has gone by since Les Misérables last embarked on a sell-out UK tour. Whilst remaining a favourite in the heart of London’s West End and following a successful Hollywood movie adaptation, the critically acclaimed musical ...

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Measure for Measure – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Sam Lowe Measure for Measure is an interesting case study for a Shakespeare play. It’s known for not really fitting agreeably into either genre box of comedy (meaning it possesses a happy ending) or tragedy. Shakespeare’s plays can be divided into the following: Tragedy, History, or Comedy. Some academics have even referred to ...

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& Juliet – Opera House, Manchester

Book: David West Read Music: Max Martin and Friends Lyrics: Max Martin and Friends Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Jo Beggs What if Juliet had woken up, discovered her beloved Romeo dead, and thought ‘Meh…what the hell…I’m only young and it would be a shame to waste all this”. When Anne Hathaway gets a night away from the kids and turns ...

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The Taming of The Shrew -The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director:  Justin Audibert Reviewer: Richard Hall The Taming Of The Shrew is one of three plays that the Royal Shakespeare Company has brought to The Lowry for a much anticipated two week season. Having previously played at Stratford-Upon-Avon, this production has generated a lot of interest due to its fresh portrayal of gender politics. What makes this ...

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The Thunder Girls – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Melanie Blake Adaptation: Melanie Blake & Fiona Looney Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Matt Forrest There is a trend in popular music these days for bands of yesteryear to come out of the woodwork for a couple of big paydays and then disappear like thieves in the night. Of course, they make a huge wedge of cash at the end ...

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Under Three Moons – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Daniel Kanaber Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Sam Lowe Box of Tricks are undertaking inspiring and wonderful work. Sharing playwrights and their new writing with audiences around the country. They move forward with the times; asking what's been talked about right now and how can that creatively manifest itself on the stage? Manchester is just the start when it comes ...

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As You Like It – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Director Kimberley Sykes uses the current production of As You Like It to examine whether, as is opined in the play, the world really is a stage.  The show opens in what might be considered the traditional manner- a bleak monochrome court from which the increasingly paranoid Duke has banished many ...

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Beryl – Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: May Mellstrom An all-time cycling legend, Yorkshire-born Beryl Burton's list of achievements is extraordinary; winning more than ninety national championships, seven world titles and even surpassing every male rider in a 12-hour time trial, setting a women's record that stood for an incredible fifty years. Despite such a remarkable career, Burton remains largely ...

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