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Oh What a Lovely War – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writers: Joan Littlewood, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Bill Avenell There can’t be many better ways to reinforce the horrors and futility of the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18 than to watch Joan Littlewood’s greatest triumph (itself 50 years old now). Littlewood had a profound effect on British Theatre from her Theatre Workshop base in Stratford East, arguably ...

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Ghost The Musical – Oldham Coliseum

Book and Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin Music and Lyrics: Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Director: Lee Brennan Choreographer – Jean Johnson Musical Director – Paul Firth Reviewer: Steve Davies   Based on the 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg the musical adaptation premiered in Manchester in 2011 and has since achieved success in London, New York ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W.S. Gilbert Artistic Director: Alan Borthwick Musical Director: David Lyle Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society presentsThe Pirates of Penzance this week at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Full of some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best work, this comedy opera is given a modern twist while keeping all the original prose, which results in ...

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Lippy – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre (Cameo-playwright Mark O’Halloran) Director: Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Lippy is presented as part of Manchester’s inaugural SICK! Festival, a ground-breaking new festival exploring the physical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don't). Lippy is a performance around (but doesn’t presume to be ...

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Anna Karenina – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Julia Taylor Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina,contains 848 pages- off-putting to any would-be reader. However, in presenting the stage version of this epic novel, translated and adaptedby Jo Clifford and featuring modern dress, the Royal Exchange Theatre have come up with a solution. In just two and a half hours ...

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Calamity Jane – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Adaptor: Charles K. Freeman Choreographer: Nick Winston Director: Nikola Foster Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard The popular film that starred Doris Day is back on the road with I’d Do Anything winner Jodie Prenger in the title rôle. Using the life of Martha Jane Cannary (the real life Calamity Jane) as a basis for this ...

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Hedda Gabler – Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Revised by: Richard Eyre Director: Amanda Gaughan Designer: Jean Chan Having first made its debut in London in 2005, Richard Eyre’s re-imagining of Ibsen’s iconic play Hedda Gabler is now treading the floorboards of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre. With Amanda Gaughan directing in her first production for the Lyceum, this latest outing for Hedda is daring and ambitious ...

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A View From The Bridge – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Arthur Miller’s A View From A Bridge takes an uncompromising look at the world of the casually employed longshoremen in Red Hook, a poor area of New York. Eddie Carbone is one such man, introduced to us by the lawyer Alfieri, who acts as occasional narrator as the story moves along. ...

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