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An Evening with Eric Cantona – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest A thunderous standing ovation greets Eric Cantona as he arrives on stage and he hadn’t uttered a word at this point. Such is Cantona’s presence that he can control a room with a mere hand gesture, a simple look, not that he’ll need to use these skills as for the next 45 minutes he is in the ...

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The Damned United – The Lowry, Salford

Poster image for The Damned United

Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adapted from David Peace’s 2006 novel, The Damned United tracks the tumultuous and ultimately failed 42-day reign of Brian Clough as manager of Leeds United. The show draws its inspiration from the book rather than the 2009 film, those hoping for a repeat Michael Sheen’s lovable, rogue family man portrayal will be disappointed. The ...

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Keepy Uppy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Evan Pacey Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Composer: Dom Sales Movement: Joel Daniels Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based, but with strong links to York Theatre Royal, tutti frutti and director Wendy Harris have a sure touch with plays aimed at children from the age of three upwards. Coming now towards the end of a longish tour taking in closed ...

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The Damed United – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Anders Lustgarten (adapted from David Peace book) Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you are a certain age and if ‘the beautiful game’ is, as Bill Shankly put it, ‘more important than life or death’ then this is a play for you. Based on David Peace’s eponymous novel, The Damned United is the story of Brian Clough’s doomed ...

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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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Jumpers for Goalposts – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Toms Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Tom Wells’ hugely engaging Jumpers for Goalposts blasts its way into the Oldham Coliseum with flair and grace and a story that cannot fail to resonate. The squad of Barely Athletic invite us in to the world of post-match team talks about football, love, loss, relationships, hopes and dreams and most ...

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By Far the Greatest Team – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Ian Kershaw, Lindsay Williams, Andrew Sheridan, Sarah McDonald Hughes Director: Martin Gibbons Reviewer: Matt Forrest The hallowed turf of Old Trafford is a mere five-minute walk from The Lowry, which is handy as it provides one of the locations for director Martin Gibbons' latest play, By Far the Greatest Team, (in the interest of parity the Etihad Stadium is ...

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