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Easter Entertainment – The Reviews Hub’s top theatre picks

Whether you’ve been off for a week already or the kids danced into school this morning with that enviable ‘last day of term’ excitement, coming up with ideas to fill a potentially wet Easter break is a tough challenge. To help ease some of the pressure (and leave you more time to eat leftover chocolate eggs while the kids aren’t ...

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Hard Times – Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest When you think of the stories of Charles Dickens, Hard Times probably doesn’t register on most people’s top five or even top ten, of his best-loved works. So bearing this in mind, full credit must be given to Northern Broadsides, in particular, writer Deborah McAndrew, for transferring this ...

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Hairspray – Opera House, Manchester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman Book: Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Lizz Clark There's little more uplifting than a musical about the transformative power of dancing and singing. Hairspray is the tale of Tracy Turnblad, the big little girl growing up in 1960s Baltimore whose youthful exuberance sparks a revolution. Together with ...

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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: In-Sook Chappell Director: Jennifer Tang Reviewer: Andrea Allen “I’m the English girl who grew up in a chippy…I’m a fake, I don’t belong here”. Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok opens with Helen (Siu-See Hang); an accomplished Cambridge graduate working as a financial lawyer in Hong Kong, on paper she has it all, in her heart something is missing. ...

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Art – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Yasmina Reza Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Salford’s Lowry theatre hosts Yasmina Reza’s playful examination of modern art, and the dynamics between old friends. With Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin now national treasures rather than artistic revolutionaries, some of the intensity may have been removed from the debate about modernist art, but the interaction between the three protagonists ...

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Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio- The Lowry, Salford

Writer : Tom Walker & Andrew Doyle Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Patrons arriving at The Lowry are warned that anyone leaving Jonathan Pie’s show while it is in progress will be denied re-admission. This seems over the top until it becomes apparent that the show is so carefully constructed that anyone seeing only part may miss the point.  Back to the Studio ...

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A Tiger’s Tale – The Lowry, Salford

Music: James Atherton Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gilly Baskeyfield Reviewer: Sam Lowe The "Punch and Judy" style opening sees the actors peer their heads above the curtains onstage. That signals that we're off to the circus. Well, not just yet. The story begins with Pa, he has a job as a window cleaner (but he's terrible at it) so it's ...

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Miss Saigon – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr. Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Iris Beaumont The heat is certainly on in Manchester as Claude-Michel Schönberg  and Alain Boublil’s Madame Butterfly inspired musical lands in the city as part of its Uk Tour. Schönberg and Boublil’s emotional musical is set during the Vietnam war and ...

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