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Calendar Girls The Musical –  Storyhous,  Chester

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Directo:  Matt Ryan Reviewer:  Emma Dutton This autumn, Chester’s Storyhouse brings the award-winning Calendar Girls The Musical to stage for a five day run.  The musical, put together by Tim Firth and Take That’s Gary Barlow, tells the true story of a group of ordinary Yorkshire ladies who join forces to produce the infamous ...

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Light Falls- The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Sarah Frankcom Composer: Jarvis Cocker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sarah Frankcom bows out as Artistic Director of The Royal Exchange not with a star-studded bang but an intimate, bittersweet family drama that has surprising bursts of humour and bags of charm. Christine (Rebecca Manley) is an alcoholic whose grown-up children have scattered to various northern towns. In ...

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On Your Feet!- The Palace, Manchester

Writer: Alexander Dinelaris Music: Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Popular music is fertile ground for drama. Staple features of the music scene include individuals with immense talents and bigger egos exposed to unscrupulous management and the temptations of drugs and depravity. However, Gloria and Emilio Estefan make a happily married couple ...

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The Entertainer – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Sean O’Connor Writer: John Osborne Reviewer: Andrea Allen Performed to rave reviews on its opening night in 1957, Sean O’Connor’s 21st Century revival of ‘angry young man’ John Osborne’s play, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to the same acclaim. In the correct hands, The Entertainer might be a timely choice for 2019, a year marred with political uncertainty, economic turbulence ...

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Posh – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Lucy Hughes Reviewer: Abbie Rippon First staged during the 2010 General Election, Laura Wade’s Posh is a parody or maybe even a reflection of Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club (whose known members have included David Cameron, George Osborne and current PM Boris Johnson). An elite dining club of ten members, bright young men from the higher echelons ...

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English National Ballet: Cinderella – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs This evening marks the first outing of the English National Ballet’s touring production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella: originally created for the Dutch National Ballet and performed by the San Francisco Ballet before making its way to the English National Ballet’s repertoire. One of the most performed classical ballets (and the most ...

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Les Misérables – Liverpool Empire

Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel  Additional Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Lawrence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Jane Fleming Almost a decade has gone by since Les Misérables last embarked on a sell-out UK tour. Whilst remaining a favourite in the heart of London’s West End and following a successful Hollywood movie adaptation, the critically acclaimed musical ...

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Mame- Hope Mill, Manchester

Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Hope Mill has earned a reputation for producing high-quality shows. However, the theatre has exceeded its own high standards with a blissfully intoxicating Mame. The title song is so famous it is easy to think you have already seen the ...

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