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Meek – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Penelope Skinner Director:  Amy Hodge Reviewer: Matt Forrest As it says in the New Testament "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth," well if that earth is the one featured in writer Penelope Skinner's play, Meek then they are welcome to it. Set in a dystopian Scandinavian land where religious zealots rule with an iron fist, The ...

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OthelloMacbeth – HOME, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jo Beggs This co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and HOME could so easily be all concept and little content, given that it is pretty much what you might imagine from the title. Heavily abridged, the two plays are performed back to back with the same cast, drawing some neat parallels while retaining their individual ...

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Queen Margaret – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapted by: Jeanie O’Hare Director: Elizabeth Freestone Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  The Royal Exchange Theatre acknowldege that this retelling of the royal backdrop to the Wars of the Roses makes use of original text by William Shakespeare, drawn from his history plays. The perspective is that of the wife of Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou, who made up ...

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Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmo –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It would be fair to say that playing the shambles has served Dylan Moran well throughout his career. His seemingly sporadic approach to stand-up is a refreshingly fun journey into the darker parts of his soul; with little indication of where he may be taking us, and his new show Dr Cosmois no different! From the outset ...

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The Return Of The Soldier, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book and lyrics:  Tim Sanders Music: Charles Miller Director: Charlotte Westerna Reviewer: Richard Hall As the Centenary of the end of The Great War approaches it is fitting that Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has chosen to mark this significant anniversary by programming this wonderful musical. It serves as a timely and deeply poignant reminder that when the Armistice was signed ...

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Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer:  Richard Hall Last month, comedian, writer and broadcaster, Juliette Burton sold out this enthralling docu-comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe for a fourth consecutive year. As with her previous shows, Butterfly Effect, draws heavily on her own experiences, especially those linked to mental health. At one point in this highly entertaining, funny and deeply poignant show, Burton lists her ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music and lyrics: The Bee Gees Adaptors: Robert Stigwood & Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Daryl Holden Based on the hit film of the same name, Saturday Night Fever is a show that knows who its audience is and does very well to meet the expectations of those who come to see it. However, in this ode to disco ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – The Lowry

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jay Nuttall This show does what it says on the poster. It is (loosely) about a bank robbery but it is (most definitely) a comedy. In fact, it should probably renamed A (Very Funny) Comedy about a Bank Robbery. Still home at The Criterion Theatre in the West End, ...

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