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Ballet Central: The 2014 Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Andrew McNicol, Sara Matthews, Arthur Saint Léon, Christopher Gable, Leanne King, Daniel de Andrade, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Ballet Central is the performing company of the Central School of Ballet, founded in 1982 by Royal Ballet dancer and actor, the late Christopher Gable CBE and Ann Stannard. Ballet Central was established in 1984. Their ...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Creative Director/Writer: Jerry Bilik Choreography: Sarah Kawahara &Cindy Stuart Director: Patty Vincent Reviewer: John Roberts Feld Entertainment once again bring their Disney on Ice family show to the Echo Arena as part of their new Worlds of Fantasy Tour. The concept is simple take four well known and loved Disney/Pixar films condense them into small bite size segments tied together ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Exchange has always had a great reputation for their yearly Shakespeare productions. There is an element of respecting the words carefully crafted by The Bard and injecting them with an accessible sense of modernity and delivered by a strong ensemble cast and on the whole this is exactly what ...

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A View from the Bridge – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Arthur Miller Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: David Noble Unlike Shakespeare, Arthur Miller is one of those playwrights who you really feel it would be hard to butcher. The plot is simplistic, clear and precise; the themes are strident and bold, and the action builds to a usually wonderful crescendo of painful truths. Absolutely, you can make interesting set decisions ...

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JB Shorts 11 – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writers: Dave Simpson, Mark Illis, Sarah Bagshaw, Lindsay Williams, Justin Moorhouse, Peter Kerry, James Quinn Directors: Lucia Cox, Sushil Chudasama, Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder, Miranda Parker, Rupert Hill, Chris Honer. Reviewer: Jo Beggs JB Shorts, now an established fixture in the Manchester theatre calendar, is back, as six more plays from established TV writers get an airing in the cramped basement at ...

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More Light – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Abbie Rippon Reviewer: Ainsley Brolly Priestley College’s Respiration Theatre Company come together to perform this ambitious play which deals with themes of sisterhood, survival instinct and learning how to truly live. “More Light” tells of a Chinese Emperor who is buried in an underground tomb, along with his concubines, waiting for death to take them too. ...

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Julie Madly Deeply – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sarah-Louise Young has graced the stage at the Lowry in more wigs than most. In her acclaimed show Cabaret Whore, Young creates a host of brilliant, grotesque, yet strangely lovable characters, from French chantreuse La Poule to country and Western porn star Sammy Mavis Junior. The filthy jokes doled out her fictional characters might cause a few ...

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Dance ‘Till Dawn – Liverpool Empire

Book: Ed Curtis Director/Choregraphy: Karen Bruce Choreography: Vincent Simone &Flavia Cacace Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from the critical success of their first theatrical production Midnight Tango, Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace reunite with West End director Karen Bruce to bring their latest show to the stage and it’s a glamorous affair. Dance ‘Till Dawn celebrates ...

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