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Joel Dommett: Practical Joker – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Pretty new to the comedy circuit, Dommett is already forging an impressive CV with television and live performances that are securing him good audiences on this, his 2014 stand-up tour. With lots of dates ahead around the country it’s nice to see the Lowry’s studio theatre packed for tonight’s show – and Dommett gives the impression that ...

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Twelfth Night – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The Octagon's publicity describes this production as The Bard meets Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. This description hits the nail firmly on the head - or the coxcomb, as Sir Toby Belch might exclaim. Separated on the waves during a fierce tempest brother and sister Viola and Sebastian are washed up ...

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The Comedy of Errors – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace In the second production of Propellers’ current international tour this all male theatre troupe energetically bring to life Shakespeare’s farcical Comedy of Errors, one of his earliest and most frothy creations. A precursor to modern farce, the Comedy of Errors is a simple tale of mistaken identity involving two sets of ...

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A Little Night Music – Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Suzy Catliff Reviewer: John Roberts Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Life Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music follows the complicated relationships and love triangles of the Armfeldt and Egerman families. Which all clash together during a heady and comical weekend at the country residence of famous Actress Desiree ...

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Rachel Sheinkin Music &Lyrics: William Finn Director: Cath Williams Reviewer: May Mellstrom Have you any idea what crepuscule, Weltanshauung or elanguescence means? You could look them up in a good old dictionary, but a far more entertaining way to find out would be to head to the Unity Theatre this week and settle down for two hours of musical ...

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Punt & Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin If you enjoy taking a look at the quirky side of everyday life you'll find Ploughing on Regardless a real treat. Radio 4 favourites Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis (of The Now Show etc) bring their lopsided logic to the stage in an effortlessly unsophisticated but compelling manner. While some comics ...

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366 Days of Kindness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bernadette Russell &Gareth Brierley Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Seb Farrell Can Kindness Change the World? A question we’re asked more than once during the course of this unusual and reflective piece of fringe style theatre. Moved by the London riots in 2011, Deptford based Bernadette Russell took it upon herself to spend every day in 2012 undertaking at least ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace According to the programme "Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company that mixes a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic", a philosophy that is abundantly evident in this pitch perfect production of the Bard's playful and magical Midsummer Night's Dream. A web of competitive love stories and featuring ...

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