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A Different Way Home –  Oldham Coliseum

Writer:  Jimmie Chinn Director: Noreen Kershaw Reviewer: Richard Hall Actor and director, Kenneth Alan Taylor first performed at the Oldham Repertory Theatre in 1959 and has since appeared at the Coliseum in over three hundred productions. During two spells as the Coliseum’s Artistic Director, Alan Taylor directed some of the theatre’s most memorable productions including in 1998 the premiere of ...

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Drip – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Matthew Robins Book & Lyrics: Tom Wells Director: Jane Fallowfield Reviewer: Sam Lowe On the way in, the audience are given blue rain ponchos. Either, there is a leak in the studio or it’s most likely to do with the fact that this, one-man musical comedy, is titled, Drip. It is presented by Script Club and Boundless Theatre, who ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Storyhouse, Chester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: John Roberts Mischief Theatre need to be congratulated once again in creating a rip-roaring, laughter filled piece of physical comedy. While it may not be as tight or as slick as their breakthrough production The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery still gives its audience ...

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Jersey Boys – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Helen Jones Jersey Boys tells the story of how the group The Four Seasons came to be, their success and eventual break-up of the founding members with Frankie Valli going on to front a band of new members. Starting in New Jersey where Tommy Devito, ...

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour 2019 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Clare Howdon Strictly Come Dancing Live!, currently on tour across the UK, is the perfect tonic to ease the January blues. The tour, now into its 15thyear, is once again directed FAB-U-LOUS-LY by Craig Revel Horwood and the long-running judge is to be congratulated on producing yet another show-stopping production. It is impossible not to ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Octagon Theatre at Albert Halls, Bolton

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom During this period of redevelopment to the main Octagon Theatre building the shows must go on elsewhere; this time it is the turn of the beautiful Albert Halls to play host to a revival of Farnworth born playwright Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.  The popular play was ...

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The Classic Rock Show – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest. Remember back in the day when we used to buy CDs, that’s right a little silver disc we placed in our Hi-Fi, and music came out. This was long before downloading, streaming, and way before buying vinyl was back in vogue. When the CD was king, we were inundated with adverts for compilations albums such The Best ...

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Graham Fellows: Completely Out of Character – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Graham Fellows introduces his latest show that as he puts it is made up of a few songs and several “boring stories”. This rather self-deprecating introduction by Fellows could not be any further from the truth. For this is a man who has had a career most people could only dream of; stage actor, pop star, musician, ...

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