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FEATURE: Hope springs eternal in Liverpool’s independent theatre scene

There can surely be few streets in the UK more impressive in its dazzling array of theatres, concert halls and bars than Liverpool’s Hope Street. In addition to the much loved Everyman Theatre and the Philharmonic Hall, a new independent theatre, appropriately named the Hope Street Theatre has opened in the City’s Masonic Hall. In full view of the Everyman, ...

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OPINION: Regional theatre IS worthy of critical attention

Theatr Clwyd at Night

By John Roberts This weekThe Stage’schief theatre critic ventured outside of the London boundaries and stepped into the borders of North Wales – only because, by his own admission, he was in the “region” giving a talk at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Upon seeing Theatre Clwyd’s production ofCat on a Hot Tin Roof– he wentonto Twitterto announce that ...

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NEWS: A new face for The Public Reviews!

The UK’s leading online portal for the performing arts, The Public Reviews, has announced today [1 October 2015] that it is repositioning itself as The Reviews Hub. The Public Reviews was launched in 2007 as a site that featured theatre reviews submitted by audience members. Eight years on, the site now boasts 150 permanent reviewers from across the UK, and ...

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Christine The Musical – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book: Tony Franchi and Marion Wells Music and Lyrics: Tony Franchi Director: Lindsay Lloyd Musical Director: John Chillingworth Choreographer:Irene Lincoln Reviewer:Michael Gray   This tuneful true-life story first surfaced in 2012, just before Lord Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated Stephen Ward, a musical which ploughs the same murky waters. They share the same (real-life) characters, and one song title (You’ve Never Had ...

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NEWS: The Public Reviews supports the My Theatre Matters! campaign

At a time when many local councils are making tough decisions about how to balance their budgets, our theatres are coming under increased pressure. The Public Reviews is delighted to support the new My Theatre Matters! campaign. Launched today by The Stage, Equity and The Theatrical Management Association, the campaign is asking for theatre lovers to sign up and let ...

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