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Spring and Port Wine – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Donna Kelly The story of a household living in fear of tyrannical father may seem a little dated in today’s liberated society but Bill Naughton’s subtle comedy Spring and Port Wine feels surprisingly resonant today as it did in 1959. Set in the Greater Manchester town of Bolton, Spring and Port Wine tells ...

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Pygmalion – Oldham Coliseum

Charlotte Brimble as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Oldham Coliseum

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Donna Kelly More than a hundred years after its stage premiere, George Bernard Shaw’s sparkling comedy Pygmalion has been revived in a new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Pygmalion tells the tale of Henry Higgins, an egocentric Professor of Phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can ...

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JB Shorts: 15 – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

A scene from JB Shorts 15

Writers: Diane Whitley, Lisa Holdsworth, Peter Kerry, Paul Coats, Trevor Suthers, Paul Mason &James Quinn Directors: Alice Bartlett, Rebecca Taylor, Chris Honer, Jack Lord, Sue Jenkins, James Quinn Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent JB Shorts are back with six new 15minute pieces from TV writers and local directors 15minutes proves to be the perfect amount of time to tell a short story ...

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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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The Seagull – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Anton Chekhov in a new version by Anya Reiss Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The Library Theatre concludes their stay at The Lowry with a rarity: a version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull updated to the present day. On a provincial estate depressive Konsantin (Ben Allen) tries to show his contempt for the sterile acting of his ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part III

And as we come to our final part of our 2014 preview of shows in and around the UK and Ireland we ask our regional editors in the North West, London, and along the South Coast what productions are getting them excited over the course of the year. Do you agree? What are you most looking forward to? Share your ...

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Educating Rita – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:5] Educating Rita, Willy Russell’s comedy about the transforming power of education enjoys a well deserved revival as the opening show of Library Theatre’s new season at The Lowry. Probably more familiar in its 1983 film version with Michael Caine and Julie Walters, this production strips the play back to its ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Tony Kushner Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:3.5] Manchester’s Library Theatre Company has opened its 2013 production season with Brecht’s powerful and timeless classic ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’. The new translation by Academy Award winning Tony Kushner makes Brecht’s play truly accessible, richly drawing upon the playwright’s acerbic humour. ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ ...

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