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Jimmy Carr: Funny Business – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Jones Jimmy Carr has been described as "the hardest working man in comedy", no stranger to comedy panel shows whether he's fronting his own 8 out of 10 cats, or appearing on A League of Their Own. Carr's act is primarily "posh man says crude things" and as simple as this sounds, his stand up tours over the ...

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Chris and Pui’s Roadshow – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Nick Khan &Clare Bradley Reviewer: Clare Boswell Children’s TV favourites Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee are currently jumping out of the television and onto the stage for their nationwide tour of Chris and Pui’s Roadshow. The duo are stars of the hugely successful CBeebies show Show Me Show Me and it was clear from the packed auditorium of ...

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Heart – The Lowry, Salford

Writer : Steven Gaythorpe Director : Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh Reviewer : Sarah Dee Heart, which is inspired by the epic love poem Leili and Majnounis a triangular love story between an Iranian woman (Leili) played by Serena Manteghi, and the two men in her life, the English Academic Arthur (Matt Jamie) and a Poet from Syria (Tarrick Benham).The play is set ...

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The Gondoliers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Gilbert &Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Reviewer: Helen Jones Opera della Luna are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and so have put together their most ambitious production to date with this version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. They have set up something called The Venetian Initiative, where they are performing the production with a different chorus at each ...

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The Lion King – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music/Lyrics: Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina Book: Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Director: Julie Taymor Reviewer : Iris Beaumont Roaring into its 15th year in the West End and currently on it’s first ever UK tour The Lion King takes pride and place for a eight week run at the Liverpool Empire. Having lost none of its ...

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Removed and Destroyed – The King’s Arms, Salford

Writer: Matthew Gabrielli Director: Karl Barnsley Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The moral of this play is to be very careful where you leave your briefcase. Apart from that, morals are pretty thin on the ground in this tale of institutionalised terror and evil interrogation.Sadly the chief interrogator Fleming (David Garrett) never really loses enough of his good cop mood, even when ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – Opera House, Manchester

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Original Book: Herbert Fields &Dorothy Fields New Book &Additional Material: Peter Stone Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace A true golden oldie, Annie Get Your Gun featuring a brilliant score by Irving Berlin first burst onto the stage in 1946, nearly seventy years ago. It proved to be a great hit both on Broadway and in ...

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Under Milk Wood – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: David Noble Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas’ wonderful ‘play for voices’, has always been the ultimate opportunity for a lilting Welsh orator to lithely glide through some of the most mellifluous script penned in the 20th Century – as indeed the initial BBC radio play featured Richard Burton. Step up Owen Teale, yes ...

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