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Titanic the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Music & Lyrics: Maury Yeston Book: Peter Stone Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: John Roberts Having originally launched just months before James Cameron’s recording breaking film, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s powerful and heart-breaking musical won plaudits and awards on its maiden voyage on Broadway – yet unlike Cameron’s filmic version Yeston & Stone’s retelling of the tale uses the stories ...

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The Ruby Slippers – Royal Court Studio, Liverpool

Writer: Emma Culshaw and David Paul Director:  Craig Ryder Reviewer: Abbie Rippon As part of Liverpool Pride 2018, the Studio at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre is celebrating with a week’s run of Break a Leg Productions The Ruby Slippers. Set in a struggling drag club in Blackpool, The Ruby Slippers follows the story of club owner Raz (played by James Rogerson) ...

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

Writer/Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: John Roberts Having first been performed six years ago and revived in a bigger, stronger production in 2016 at Liverpool’s Royal Court, Mam! I’m ‘Ere is back once again and by all accounts, it’s the best outing of the production to date. Just off the coast of North Wales, island holiday camp Boogie Wonderland is on ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: John Roberts There’s nothing like a good murder mystery… and this is nothing like a good murder mystery, in fact its abysmal and the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society should be ashamed of their shocking attempt at staging the illustrious Murder at Haversham Manor, in fact one almost walked out ...

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Treasure Island – Croxteth Hall, Liverpool

Writer: Robert Louis Stephenson Adaptor: Phil Wilmott Director: Gaynor La Rocca Reviewer: John Roberts Mate Productions have been running community programmes in Liverpool and Knowsley for many years and one of their biggest projects each year is their annual outdoor Shakespeare, however this year breaking from the norm, they have produced a fresh, lively and at times outright bonkers production ...

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Thriller Live! – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Creator: Adrian Grant Director:  Gary Lloyd Reviewer: John Roberts Almost nine years to the day “The King of Pop” untimely passed, Thriller Live!Lands in Liverpool, A perfect choice considering the city’s rich musical heritage.  The original production landed in London’s West End just short of six months before Jackson’s death and has since then toured the UK many times going ...

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The Big I Am – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Robert Farquhar Director: Nick Bagnall It would fair to say we have all encountered someone like Peer Gynt at some point in our life: bold, brash, cocky, a charmer, and chancer, who can equally talk is way out of a scrape as he could adeptly talk himself into one. He is the sort of person you ...

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Shrek the Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: May Mellstrom In 2001 DreamWorks introduced a generation to Scottish ogre Shrek and in doing so spawned a franchise; including four films, a spin-off and this stage musical, which having played Broadway and the West End now embarks on a second UK tour.   With a book by ...

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