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Nina: A Story About me and Nina Simone –  The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer Matthew Forrest I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor following some blistering tunes from the Nina Simone song-book, courtesy of the uber-talented singing powerhouse Josette Bushell-Mingo. She absolutely nails versions of Sinnerman, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free and Revolution. However, it’s a long road before ...

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Hamlet – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs When we first encounter Paapa Essiedu’s youthful Hamlet, he’s a black-clad teenager who won’t make eye contact with his mother and step-father. Just married, hot on the heels of Old Hamlet’s unexpected death, they’re seeing off the wedding guests, all smiles and back-slapping. Director Simon Godwin and Designer Paul Wills have ...

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Her Benny – Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Book, Music and Lyrics/Director : Anne Dalton Reviewer: Tate James Her Benny returns to Liverpool, this time at the Royal Court Theatre in its 25th Anniversary Production, which begs the question “Did we need reminding?”. The answer, in honesty, is probably no; but there is still potential for the mix of loveable children and brassy Scouse accents to entertain the masses ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong -Storyhouse, Chester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Charlie Senate “Has anyone seen Winston?” yells the stage manager, frantically zigging through the pre-show crowd at Chester’s Storyhouse. The production’s canine performer, it seems, has gone missing—mere minutes before the opening curtain. Even in the foyer, the audience is already laughing. Little will change throughout this truly ridiculous ...

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A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley Music: Tom Parkinson Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Daryl Holden Throughout the course of human history, there have been many wars. Although the reasons behind each usually tend to differ, in every case, each side has known who the enemy was and how to combat them. However, what do you do when ...

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Ken – The Bunker, London

Writer: Terry Johnson Director: Lisa Spirling Reviewer: Stephen Bates The Bunker has become a warm place of refuge during these cold Winter evenings. Warmth radiates from Terry Johnson’s affectionate remembrance of the rogue East London theatre-maker and performer Ken Campbell, who died aged 66 in 2006; warmth also comes from the transformed theatre itself, freshly carpeted throughout, decorated by a ...

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The ToyBoy Diaries – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book: Simon Warne and Wendy Salisbury Music and Lyrics: Andy Collyer  Director: Tania Azevedo Reviewer: Donna Kelly Sex sells, as Wendy Salisbury’s bestselling memoirs The Toyboy Diaries clearly demonstrates. When the glamorous grandmother released her tales of love, lust and very young men back in 2009, the book became an international bestseller, spurning a sequel, and now, a brand new British ...

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The Band – Liverpool Empire

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: John Roberts It wasn’t going to be long considering the trend in Jukebox musicals, that one should be written using Take That’s back catalogue, and what better way to do it than to co-produce it yourself. Alongside David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers the unstoppable boyband have once ...

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