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Manon Lescaut – Opera Holland Park, London

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Karolina Sofulak Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The witty, flighty, engaging music from the start of Puccini’s years of fame is not enough to bring flat rendering of Manon Lescaut into 3D. The main cast sing well, Elizabeth Llewellyn in the titular role especially, but in a production filled with contradiction and compromise there’s much to be desired. ...

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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ – is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe – that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Sondheim Director: Adam Whittle Musical Director: Steven Mercer Reviewer: Richard Marsden [Rating:4] With an off-kilter musical score accompanying a story of how the customers of a barber’s shop become the food for the customers of the pie shop below – Sweeney Todd shouldn’t be easy to swallow. The art lies in the illumination of the gristle and grime ...

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