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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest In 2018 Mark took his latest stand-up, The Infinite Show to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was a huge commercial and critical success, with four and five star reviews across the board. The subject of the show is empathy. Following a much-discussed messy divorce, Watson is on a quest to gain a greater understanding of the people in ...

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Art – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Yasmina Reza Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Steve Turner Over 20 years ago Yasmina Reza’s short play was a major hit on the West End stage, with many well-known actors willing to take on the role of one of the three protagonists. It comes as some surprise then, to learn that it was written as a tragedy and not as ...

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Bonnie’s Last Flight – Fourth Street Theatre, New York

(Bonnie's Last Flight) (NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre) (c)Toby Tenenbaum

Writer: Eliza Bent Director: Annie Tippe Reviewer: Solace J. As you enter the plane (the theater), your tickets are torn and you are directed to your seat by a flight attendant. The layout of the seats replicates an airplane, with one center row and two aisles on either side. There are monitors overhead the seats, similar to overhead monitors on ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Fifty – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Directors: Adam Meggido and Pippa Evans Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While the stand-up tour and the panel show are the aim of most aspiring comedians, improvisation has been relegated to the role of poor cousin. Even in the theatre, dramatic plays are tacitly seen as somehow more accomplished, whereas making comedy look easy is actually hard work. Showstopper Productions are on ...

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The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedy is littered with numerous comedy duos from Laurel and Hardy, to Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders to Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, all with unique acts, but all with one key element in common: chemistry. The chemistry between each pair is what made them so beloved.  With this in mind then The Delightful Sausage have this ...

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Octopus Soup! – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson, Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Nicole Craft Seymour Norse (Nick Hancock) is about to receive the most important phone call of his life. He’s persuaded his bigwig boss to give him 20 minutes of her time to pitch an idea that he thinks will save the company’s (and his own) bacon. He’s rinsed his mouth out, pressed ...

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Club Tropicana – The Musical – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Book by Michael Gyngell Music: Greg Arrowsmith Director: Samuel Holmes & Nick Winston Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier The narrative for Club Tropicana - The Musical is very simple. Serena jilts Olly on their wedding day, and they each go on holiday to Spain, accompanied by their friends. Lo and behold, they both stay at The Club Tropicana ...

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Benidorm Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An admission must be made, despite being familiar with the success of Benidorm over the course of its ten series run, this reviewer has never actually seen an episode of the sun, sea and sangria soaked hit ITV comedy. However, it's evident from the deafening applause that greets each beloved character as ...

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