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Tonight’s the Night – Liverpool Empire

Music: Rod Stewart Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Robin Winters The cast of Tonight’s the Night certainly had their work cut out for them on press night at the Liverpool Empire, after a late start of almost 20minutes due to technical difficulties left the audience colder and more hostile than one has previously encountered before at this ...

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Brendan Cole: Licensed to Thrill – Liverpool Empire

Choreographer/Director: Brendan Cole Musical Director: Barry Robinson Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole Bought to us by one of the longest serving members of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Licensed to Thrill certainly lives up to its name. With Brendan Cole doing the choreography we expect no less than sexy provocative Salsa’s or a sophisticated English Waltz and he most certainly does not disappoint. ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014: Billy, The Monster and Me – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Catherine Manford and Sarah Molyneux Director: Alyx Tole Reviewer: Clare Boswell After a hugely successful run at last year’s 24 7 festival, Catherine Manford and Sarah Molyneux’s Billy, The Monster and Mehas been revived for the Library Theatre’s Re-Play Festival and is currently playing at the Lowry Theatre. Billy (Nathan Morris), despite his best efforts to demand the full ...

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Luke Kempner: The Only Way Is Downton – The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Luke Kempner Reviewer: Luke Walker Comic impressionist Luke Kempner has hit upon a winning formula - a show that taps into and mocks a television phenomenon that regularly attracts around ten million viewers on both sides of the Atlanctic. His solo show, The Only Way Is Downton, fills the theatre with fans of the programme, eager for their next ...

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Warren James and his Skiffle Session Band – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes Resident in the Midlands but originally hailing from the Delta Blues not so hotspot of Warrington, Warren James would appear to be an unlikely champion of that particular musical genre. But thanks to exposure to his grandparents’ tastes in music, here he is entertaining the Lowry audience with a selection of hot blues, country and folk, heading ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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Strictly Come Dancing Live! – Liverpool Echo Arena

Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Steph Rowe It's become as traditional as the TV series itself, once the Glitter Ball Champion has been crowned and the Christmas celebrations have come to an end, the stars of the screen take to the road and dance their way to victory in arenas up and down the UK. Strictly Come Dancing Live follows ...

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Once A Catholic – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Mary O’Malley Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: John Roberts Like the very religion it aims to look at and question Mary O’Malley’s Once A Catholic hasn’t really stood the test of time. O’Malley’s vignette heavy script of three Mary’s as they progress through their O-Level year at a Willesden convent school in the late 1950s just doesn’t have the desired ...

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