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Tmesis Theatre: Beyond Belief – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Artistic Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Award-winning Tmesis Theatre are one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies, creating vibrant and questioning touring theatre productions, workshops as well as delivering an annual festival - Physical Fest- all from their base in Liverpool. Their style is playful and curious, combining text, music, strong physical movement and dance, ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

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Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Grand, Leeds

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Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Holly Spanner It’s the fourth of December 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a small recording studio on 706 Union Avenue, a seminal moment in rock n’ roll history is taking place; an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. And, as far as ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Hull Truck Theatre

Anna Wheatley and Isabel Ford in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Andrew Billington

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The standing ovation from a large part of the audience reflected the efforts of a talented, committed and wonderfully energetic cast in Mark Babych’s inventive production, but Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis remains a problematic, if entertaining, play. Originally staged in 1999 at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, ...

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Love Me Tender – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Joe DiPietro Director/Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Set in a small backwater in America, Love Me Tender tells the story of a town "all shook up" by the arrival of a guitar playing, motorcycle riding roustabout. When our roustabout, Chad, is told at the start that the mayor has outlawed loud music and basically anything fun, one could ...

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Bob Dylan & The History of Rock ’n’ Roll – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Michael Gray Reviewer: Ray Taylor Michael Gray is a renowned world authority on Bob Dylan, having studied him over a lifetime and produced two monumental books on Dylan's life and work. He attempts to distill all his knowledge and appreciation of Dylan in this one-man performance that is partly lecture, but also includes rare footage and soundtrack recordings. Gray ...

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Love Me Tender – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Mica Paris

Book: Joe Di Pietro Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What an exuberant and uplifting night out a visit to Love Me Tender is. From the outside, this seems to be the usual jukebox musical, in this case using music and songs associated with Elvis Presley, but somehow it manages to transcend the genre. Yes, the plot, almost Shakespearian in ...

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Love Me Tender – Grand Opera House, York

Directed by: Karen Bruce Musical Supervisor &Orchestrator: Matt Spencer-Smith Reviewer: Rich Jevons It is always a pleasure to review at the Grand Opera House in York; it boasts welcoming staff, a beautiful auditorium and an enthusiastic audience appreciating the sheer spectacle of this magical musical. The show kicks off with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ set in a ...

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