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Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Bryony Shanahan Reviewer: Andrea Allen Queens of the Coal Age tells the remarkable tale of four women who responded to the threat of their local pit closure and therefore their local community, by going down the pit and occupying it. It’s 1993, and this is a true story. Anne, Lesley, Dot and Elaine aren’t to be messed ...

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Daryl Holden Son Of A Preacher Man finds its story in three strangers who come together to find the “preacher man” after each of them have suffered different kinds of love and loss in their lives. Who was the preacher man? Well, he was a man who ran a record shop ...

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The Manchester Project – Home, Manchester

Writers: Martha Kershaw, Rueben Johnson, Gareth George, Becky Prestwich, Andy Sheridan, Victoria Brazier, Rebekah Harrison, Furquan Akhtar, Francesca Waite, Chris Hoyle, Anna McDonald-Hughes, Samantha Siddall, Becky Garrod, James Quinn, Ian Kershaw, Lindsay Williams, Cathy Crabb, Curtis Cole, Sarah McDonald-Hughes, and Eve Steele Director: Martin Gibbons Reviewer: Sam Lowe The Manchester Project, a series of plays written by Northern and Mancunian ...

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This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be) – Home, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison Director: Esther Dix Reviewer: Sam Lowe This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be)was written in the timeframe, before the Manchester Arena Attack and the immediate aftermath. It is a hypothetical play, more like a presentation of facts by two actors: Nadia Emam and Darren Jeffries. The story takes place in Piccadilly Gardens. ...

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Thriller Live! – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Creator: Adrian Grant Director:  Gary Lloyd Reviewer: John Roberts Almost nine years to the day “The King of Pop” untimely passed, Thriller Live!Lands in Liverpool, A perfect choice considering the city’s rich musical heritage.  The original production landed in London’s West End just short of six months before Jackson’s death and has since then toured the UK many times going ...

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kayleigh Hawkins Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It is 24 years since my first introduction to the works of William Shakespeare; ironically enough it was this very play that first brought me to ‘The Bard’. It was an especially malevolent English teacher that forced me to read the part of Romeo during the balcony scene:  a quite unremarkable ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Heather Hach Music: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the chick flick classic that tells the tale of Malibu homecoming queen and Delta Nu sweetheart turned Harvard graduate - a story that proves brains can come with beauty and one that has been capturing the hearts of teens and adults alike since it ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Nick Bell Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   Mischief Theatre Company’s success has been something of a phenomenon over the last few years. The Play That Goes Wrong was the original creation that has become something of a franchise. Its huge success has spawned Peter Pan Goes Wrong as well as A Comedy About ...

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