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Early Doors – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Craig Cash & Phil Mealy Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It’s fifteen years since Craig Cash and Phil Mealys’ superb BBC sitcom Early Doors finished on television after only two series. It attracted fantastic acclaim at the time and has grown an increased fan base over the last decade and a half. It is now set to ...

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The Commitments – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s always difficult bringing a well-loved film to the theatre, and BAFTA-winning Roddy Doyle’s 1991 cult classic The Commitments is no exception. That Doyle himself adapted his 1987 novel for the stage bodes well, and for those uninitiated in the glory of the movie it may do well, but so ...

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The Commitments – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Book: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Matt Forrest 1987 saw the release of Roddy Doyle’s first novel The Commitments as a group of young working class Dubliners attempt to make it to ‘the big time’ by forming a band and trying to break away from the shackles of a Dublin in the midst of social and economic decline. ...

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The Commitments – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Book: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger  Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on his 1987 novel, the first of the Barrytown trilogy and later made into a much-lauded film in 1991, Roddy Doyle has adapted his own work for the stage production of The Commitments, the tale of a group of unemployed friends from a council estate on the north side of Dublin ...

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The Commitments – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Roddy Doyle Music Arranger: Alan Williams Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier It is often tempting to compare the outcome of a stage show to a book or film of the same story. It would be somewhat unwise to try to compare this musical stage show to the well received 1991 film The Commitments, in ...

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Tonight’s The Night – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Musical Director: Griff Johnson Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Jukebox musicals…you know the deal. Option the first – a musical based around the life and times of the artist, AKA Jersey Boys. Option two, a night of songs by the artist with some vague biographical thread such as Thriller. Or finally, a wonton thin story ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Rod Stewart Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Naomi Stevens From the lively opening number set in a garage, Tonight’s the Night starts with a bang. The audience are immediately introduced to the main characters and there is a wall of sound as the curtain goes up. The plot involves Stuart, a rather introverted and somewhat geeky ...

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Tonight’s The Night – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It’s down in Gasoline Alley, Detroit. Here we meet Stuart, madly in love with garage receptionist Mary but unable to declare his love, the lovelorn lad makes a deal with the devil to trade his soul for that of his idol Rod Stewart. He then learns the ...

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