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My Fairfield Lady – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts On paper, the premise of My Fairfield Lady is a good one, a localised spin on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion should sit perfectly at home at The Royal Court. However, Kevin Fearon and Chris Mellor have created a muddled piece of theatre that lacks distinction and depth. Kevin Fearon in his ...

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Aladdin – The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin It was probably the title that made the team change the ancient rules of pantomime: Instead of a girl as the principal boy they decided to bring A-lad-in. [Editor: Groan] The lad in question being Adam McCoy who wastes no time using his youthful good looks to win over the audience ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Black E, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Robin Winters The Black E on the edge of Liverpool’s China Town has become the latest venue to give a home to pantomime. Offering its own unique localised and intimate take on the family favourite, new company Drops of Light present the epic tale of love Beauty and the Beast. Sam Donovan’s fast-paced ...

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The Star – Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Wynne Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Tate James It is 150 years since the theatre we know today opened its doors as the Star Music Hall and, to celebrate the anniversary, the Liverpool Playhouse have made The Star the titular character of their Christmas offering as they invite us all to step back to the days of variety, with ...

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Father O’Flaherty Saves Our Souls – Royal Court, Liverpool

Alan Stocks as Father O'Flaherty in Father O'Flaherty Saves Our Souls

Writer: Alan Stocks Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Father O'Flaherty (Alan Stocks) is no stranger to the Royal Court, he's been a regular cameo role in a multitude of shows over the years and now the time has (finally) come for the irreverent reverend to take centre stage in his own show. Father O'Flaherty Saves Our Souls follows the ...

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Mam! I’m ‘Ere – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: David Sedgwick Summer is in the air and maybe even love is in the air too. Hope springs eternal. What better way then to welcome the season of friskiness than with a show bursting with energy and vitality, one that takes its audience on a trip to the hippest decade of them all: the seventies? Not ...

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The Sunshine Boys – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4.5] In an entertainment world seemingly obsessed with action it was terrific to tumble back to the days when a well-crafted script was the cornerstone of a stage production. The choice of this play by the legendary Neil Simon, who has received more Tony Awards that any other writer, was,well … ...

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The Last 5 Years – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] Jason Robert Brown is one of those rare composers who straddles an interesting line as a composer, he creates musicals which have more depth, more grit and more emotion than your average Lloyd-Webber, and has the power and poeticism much akin to Sondheim, so it is a pleasant surprise ...

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