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Tom Allen: Absolutely –  The Lowry , Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon With tales from his life told in comic high definition, Tom Allen’s current tour, Absolutely, is a nonstop laugh! Two hours of hilarious life stories mingled in with a few well aimed jibes at a handful of audience members, Allen’s high energy and high paced performance has the audience gasping for breath from start to finish Dressed ...

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Elis James & John Robins: The Holy Vible Book – The Lowry,Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Elis James and John Robins have had great success individually. James is a musician, TV/radio presenter, actor and stand-up comic, whilst Robins is also an award-winning stand-up and presenter in his own right. The pair joined forces in 2014 to present an afternoon radio programme for XFM (now Radio X). The show was both a critical and ...

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Henning When: Get On With It! – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Taking the mic out of both German and English stereotypes and complaining about Britain’s constant need to refer to the war, Henning Wehn is back touring with a show that takes an ‘unbiased view on Brexit’. After a short warm-up where Henning tells a few war anecdotes, takes the mic out of Londoners with their bad grammar ...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Artistic Director: Tory Dobrin Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree For over 40 years, “The Trocks” have been entertaining audiences worldwide: since 1974 the group has performed in 35 countries and over 600 cities. For two days only, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre plays host to a dedicated, physical and extremely impressive troupe of dancers, who interpret and gently parody classical ballet as you’ve never ...

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Withering Looks – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding Director: Noreen Kershaw Reviewer: Lizz Clark The Brontë sisters are an unimpeachable part of the British literary canon, their works echoing down the centuries. But there is also a reverent sense of mythology surrounding their own lives - three imaginative young women sequestered in a vicarage on the blasted moors of West Yorkshire. As ...

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Shakespeare in Love – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Lea Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Dave Smith Up-and-coming Elizabethan playwright Will Shakespeare (Pierro Niel-Mee) is in the grip of a bad case of writer’s block and is struggling to come up with a plot for what he hopes will be his next big hit, Romeo and Ethel the ...

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Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Kemp Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Bruce Campbell, who starred in the Evil Dead movie franchise, also played Elvis Presley in a film where The King faked his own death and lived in a retirement home fighting the undead. Now, in The Elvis Dead,  Rob Kemp re-tells the second instalment of the movie franchise using songs made famous by Elvis Presley; ...

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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Dario Fo Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Based on a translation by: Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Farce, in more than one sense, is a funny business. The 19th and 20th Century English and French farce tradition depended most often on outwardly respectable, probably middle-class characters embroiled in a situation that became incrementally ...

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