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Titanic – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Conductor: Mark Aspinall Reviewer: Donna Kelly When composer Maury Yeston first announced he was going to write a musical about the Titanic, it was understandably met with scepticism. A musical about the biggest disaster in maritime history in which 1,503 people lost their lives hardly seems fitting. But instead ...

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Bridget Christie – What Now? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Bridget Christie’s recent Radio 4 series saw her at the top of her game. After years on the stand-up circuit with decidedly hit and miss shows that ranged from surreal nonsense to political rant, she seemed to have really discovered her own voice, delivering brilliantly cynical comedy that poked fun at her own liberal elitism in a ...

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DollyWould – HOME, Manchester

Creators: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Sam Lowe Sh!t Theatre is an intriguing name for a company, considering Mothersole and Biscuit have devised a baaarilliant performance. Yes, this is a contemporary performance where Dolly Parton and Dolly the Sheep share the same stage. It unpacks what cloning is in a literal and metaphorical sense, and utilises it to reflect ...

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Bestbeat – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book/Music/Director: Francis Duffy Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is not so much a walk down Penny Lane as a saunter down the Memory Lane of Liverpool in the early 60s. Days when local pop show posters proudly trumpeted the names “John, Paul, George and … Pete”. The show is much more of a musical than a play and offers some good ...

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Shrek the Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Matthew Jackson  Back on a UK Tour is a musical adaption of Dreamworks animation Shrek. A firm family favourite that is almost certain to draw a packed theatre and that is certainly true for press night at the Regent Theatre. With clever puppetry and funny characters, there is ...

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Othello – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of the Everyman Rep’s second season wages war on the stage in a subtle and contemporary revival of the bard’s Othello. With the leading players clad in present-day desert storm militia and their female counterparts sporting high street trends, the design aesthetic from the Everyman Team is chic ...

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The Jungle Book- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rudyard Kipling adapted by Jessica Swale Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Mowgli (Keziah Joseph) dreams of, or perhaps he remembers, an earlier part of his life when he lived in an actual rather than an urban jungle. When Mowgli’s father is killed by the tiger Shere Kahn (Lloyd Gorman) the wolves of the jungle and other animals rally ...

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Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Law’s routine is anchored by his time as a semi-professional trampolinist. He, along with Vladimir Putin, put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s. From this, we get a whole host of stories about convoys across the Atlantic during World War 2, which contained nothing but hot tubs, masturbating gorillas, and how he met a creature with ...

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