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Blood Brothers – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Thomson & Bill Kenwright Reviwer: Alisha McCracken Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers tells the tale of twins separated at birth with strong themes of class and superstition. The superstitious Mrs. Johnson (Lyn Paul) is a single mother to seven children with another on the way, however, she struggles to afford to feed the children she already has. ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Phoebe Patrick Mischief Theatre are back, after the runaway success of The Play that Goes Wrong and the seasonal hit Peter Pan Goes Wrongwriters Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields have set their sights away from the on-stage madness of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and refocused their ...

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By the Waters of Liverpool – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Helen Forrester Adapter: Rob Fennah Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Charlie Senate By the Waters of Liverpool is Rob Fennah’s stage adaptation of the third book in Helen Forrester’s widely-read autobiographical series detailing her family’s trials during World War II and the Liverpool Blitz. This is Fennah’s third such adaptation from the same source material, following successful musical and ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music and lyrics: The Bee Gees Adaptors: Robert Stigwood & Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Daryl Holden Based on the hit film of the same name, Saturday Night Fever is a show that knows who its audience is and does very well to meet the expectations of those who come to see it. However, in this ode to disco ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director:  Nikolai foster Reviewer:  Daryl Holden Hollywood: A place where dreams are made, but also where those dreams can meet their end. Perhaps this is true for none more so than the characters of Sunset Boulevard who, in this tale of love, lust and loneliness, shine a spotlight ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Liverpool Empire

Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam Visual Design and Costumes: Tim Yip Lighting Design: Mark Henderson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Akram Khan’s retelling of 1841 Romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle – a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival – was first seen in Manchester in September 2016 to instant acclaim. It ...

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Multi-award winning extravaganza Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Liverpool this month with a two-week run at the Liverpool Empire. The shows tells the tale of young Billy, who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, against a backdrop of the 1980s miners’ strikes.  The show ...

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Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake – Liverpool Empire

Sophie Martin as Odette and Christopher Harrison as Siegfried in David Dawson's Swan Lake - Scottish Ballet

Artistic Director: Christopher Hampson Choreography: David Dawson Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Richard Honner, conducting the Scottish Ballet Orchestra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In a 2014 Guardianarticle- “Ditch Swan Lake? The classic ballets that don't belong in the repertory “ - Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson was quoted as saying: "Large classical ballet companies have a challenge finding the balance ...

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