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Joanna Lumley: It’s All About Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs From Ken Barlow’s girlfriend to Purdey, Bond Girl to Patsy Stone, Joanna Lumley has been carving out her role as National Treasure for nearly fifty years. Most recently she’s been getting all emotional under the Northern Lights and following the Silk Road, remaking herself as a go-to celebrity to front travel documentaries. It’s no wonder she’s in ...

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Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sam Lowe Canzoni d'Amore, a beautiful title for a ravishing concert on the Lyric Theatre stage. It translates to "songs of love", the overall theme for this evening's musical repertoire. Russell Watson has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, establishing himself as the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. "The People's Tenor", has performed for many ...

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Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Kemp Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Bruce Campbell, who starred in the Evil Dead movie franchise, also played Elvis Presley in a film where The King faked his own death and lived in a retirement home fighting the undead. Now, in The Elvis Dead,  Rob Kemp re-tells the second instalment of the movie franchise using songs made famous by Elvis Presley; ...

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Clod Ensemble: Placebo – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Since their inception in 1995 Clod Ensemble have earned a reputation for creating challenging, interrogative, multi-disciplinary work that blends music, movement, dance, theatre and live art and metamorphoses between conventional theatrical spaces, sited work, galleries and public spaces. Placebo is their third appearance at The Lowry following on from their memorable appearance ...

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Blood Runs Deep – Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Writer: David Paul and Emma Culshaw Director: Margaret Connell Reviewer: James Eves The premise of Blood Runs Deep at first glance appears quite interesting and inviting. However, when the piece is performed in front of you, it quickly becomes apparent that the deepest this piece gets barely reaches surface level. Plagued with a loophole-filled script, questionable character arcs and performances that ...

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Ventoux – The Lowry, Salford

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Director: Andy Routledge Reviewer: Andrea Allen Ventoux documents the brutal contest between Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong to win stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France, a fight which to this day remains one of the most famous battles in the history of the Grand Tours. And it’s easy to see why it’s still selling out audiences as the show ...

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Disney On Ice: Dream Big – Manchester Arena

Director: Patty Vincent Choreographer: Cindy Stuart Reviewer: John Roberts Feld Entertainment have been working alongside Disney to produce family-friendly entertainment for over a decade and this latest spectacle on their Disney On Ice franchise certainly packs lots of charm and enchantment for the young at heart especially during Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday year. Disney on Ice: Dream Big see’s characters from ...

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Rambert: Life is a Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup Music: Witold Lutoslawksi Review: Peter Jacobs Rambert are going through a period of change. Long-standing Artistic Director Mark Baldwin has stood down. A Guest Artistic Director American-choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer was appointed in 2018 while a permanent occupant for the post is recruited. They have a new junior company: Rambert 2. Then Rambert announce that for the ...

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