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Funny Money – The Lowry, Salford

Writer:  Ray Cooney Director: Marti Schep Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The undoubted king of the farce has been churning out classic British comedy theatre for well over 50 years. The actor and playwright has had 17 of his plays performed and must be considered ‘a national treasure’. Salford’s Barton Theatre Company have decided to undertake one of Cooney’s later offerings: Funny ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Kings Head Theatre, London

Book: Fiona English Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty “Do it, then ask for permission later.” It can come across aggressive, but really it just means having the confidence of your convictions. When you’re on a stage, it’s important to present to the audience an attitude of “this is our best work, we’re confident in ...

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The Habit of Art – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Designer: Adrian Linford Reviewer: Ron Simpson Aside from his wonderful monologues, Alan Bennett tends to write plays that are not what they seem, made up of seemingly irreconcilable elements: even the perennially popular History Boys goes off at what seems to be a bizarre tangent with a crippled presenter of television history shows. When ...

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Boeing Boeing – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Ben Roddy Designer: Andy Newell Reviewer: Ron Simpson For the next three weeks, Harrogate Theatre is reverting to the days of weekly rep, with Phil and Ben Productions (that’s Stewart and Roddy) creating what, in these days of pop-up theatres, could be called a pop-up rep company. For many years repertory companies acted as the backbone ...

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Early Doors – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Craig Cash & Phil Mealy Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It’s fifteen years since Craig Cash and Phil Mealys’ superb BBC sitcom Early Doors finished on television after only two series. It attracted fantastic acclaim at the time and has grown an increased fan base over the last decade and a half. It is now set to ...

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PRESS LAUNCH: The Goons Take to the Road

In the days before television gained its grip on popular culture, British families would gather around their wireless sets and listen to programmes such as The Goon Show; it is said that even Prince Charles was an avid fan. Now, well over half a century later, a new version of that show has just been launched and is about to embark ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast-moving, farcical piece of nonsense that has the audience laughing almost from the very start. Ostensibly a send-up of the heist movie, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery includes such stalwarts of Mischief Theatre’s style as slick visual gags, ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jo Payne First performed a mere 4 years ago, The Play That Goes Wrong has taken London, the UK and the world by storm. It is no surprise at all that this is the case as sometimes the most successful shows have the simplest concept. For this show, an ...

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