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Abigail’s Party – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mike Leigh Designer: Janet Bird Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Gareth Davies Mike Leigh's classic piece of retro social satire made a star of its original lead actress and remains one of the writer-director's best known and most recognised works. So ingrained are its late-seventies social symbols and pop culture references that it's all but impossible to remember that these ...

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Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The mark of a great comedian is, when leaving a gig, not remembering any of the jokes. It helps to write a couple down before they become ephemeral. Gary Delaney’s Gagster’s Paradise is so cram packed full that most comedians would hope to write as many funny lines in ten years that he puts into one hour. If ...

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Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS at 70 – Liverpool Playhouse

Director: Nicolas Kent Reviewer: Matt Forrest This must be the first time I’ve attended a comedy show where half way through there is a projected video of a stomach operation, whilst a laid-back jazz track plays out, with Thomas bellowing “staple, cut, staple”. But then again, this no normal show; this is a show about an institution that has impacted ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dave Smith It is entirely possible that somewhere deep within Rough Crossing there’s actually a work of genius still just waiting to be unearthed by the right director and the right cast. This can’t be entirely ruled out as a theory because Tom Stoppard has, of course, written some of the finest British plays ...

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Kinky Boots – Leeds Grand

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Composer: Cyndi Lauper Director and Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Ladies, gentlemen and those who have yet to make up their minds, Kinky Boots is finally touring and it’s time to strap on your stilettos and sashay to the theatre! Based on the 2005 film, Kinky Boots the musical is pretty much a direct retelling of ...

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Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home – The Lowry, Salford  

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The old saying goes: ‘’There is no such thing as bad publicity’’. Seann Walsh might beg to differ. Walsh fell from grace spectacularly when he was photographed kissing his dance partner from Strictly Come Dancing despite both of them being in relationships with other people. The torrent of abuse suffered by Walsh de-railed his career and drove him ...

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Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Tommy Tiernan is a jack of all trades. Predominantly a stand-up he has also branched out into chat-show host, columnist and actor with a recent credit in Channel 4’s hit comedy Derry Girls as well as the obligatory cameo in Father Ted. Tiernan is Irish through and through and, predominantly, his audience also. As a stand-up on the ...

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Pamela DeMenthe presents…eVULVAlution – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jenny May Morgan Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Jo Beggs Erotic novelist Pamela DeMenthe has been struggling to finish “that tricky 29thnovel” but now she’s hit on the perfect twist and she’s here to launch the book (only 39.99!) to her adoring fans. eVULVAlution is a time-travelling erotic romp set in prehistoric Hull, a great follow up to her previous novels ...

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