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The Leisure Society – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This is The Leisure Society in downsized mode. Often crowding tiny stages with a plethora of singers and instrumentalists drawn from their wide collection of collaborators, this tour sees them reduced to a trio and playing acoustically in a bare handful of intimate venues. Salford’s Lowry Theatre follows shows in Oxford and Shrewsbury; a scattering of dates ...

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Notes from a Small Island – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal This season the theme from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is The Spirit of England and over the season they will be celebrating music written in England, about England or inspired by England. Notes from a Small Island, programmed and presented by Catherine Arlidge (whose day job is as a violinist in the orchestra), is ...

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Axis Of Awesome – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Holly Sharp After ten years and two hundred million youtube hits, Axis of Awesome have amassed a fairly sizeable following, with several sell-out trips up to Edinburgh and tours across Europe, Australia and the US. However, this time round there’s one big change, and it’d be laughable to think the band’s loyal following wouldn’t notice. So it’s just as ...

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The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: John Kander Lyricist: Fred Ebb Director: Lotte Wakeham Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mark Fisher’s programme note does this show somewhat of a disservice. He writes, “They did it with Singin’ in the Rain….And they did it with And the World Goes Round…” To be fair to Fisher, his specific point of comparison is that both recycle ...

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That’s Entertainment – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thats Entertainment cast

Director and Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anybody watching an ITV talent show will, at some point, have heard Simon Cowell or any one of the other interchangeable judges decry some performance as “a bit cruise ship”. Quite apart from the suspicion that none of those judges have ever set foot on a cruise ship, let alone made the ...

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CBSO Summer Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor:Robert Ziegler Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What better way to round off a sweltering week could there be than an evening in the air-conditioned splendour of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in the company of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) as they play a selection of pieces inspired by summer? Under the baton of conductor Robert Ziegler we are treated to ...

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That’s Entertainment – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Thats Entertainment cast

Director and Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Clare White That’s Entertainment is billed as a song and dance extravaganza, showcasing some of Hollywood’s greatest stage and screen hits from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. From the producers of Puttin’ on the Ritz, it is a dazzling production full of energy, glitz and glamour, featuring timeless tunes by legendary composers including Rodgers ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna

Venue: The Lake Stage Reviewer: Andy Moseley   ‘First time we were here, we were on a tiny stage somewhere over there, and now here we are headlining on a Saturday evening’, Coldplay, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, the number of bands who have come out with this quote is almost as long as the list of festival headliners. Add in the ...

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