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Les Misérables – Liverpool Empire

Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel  Additional Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Lawrence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Jane Fleming Almost a decade has gone by since Les Misérables last embarked on a sell-out UK tour. Whilst remaining a favourite in the heart of London’s West End and following a successful Hollywood movie adaptation, the critically acclaimed musical ...

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The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Gerry Linford Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts Following the critical successes of both The Miracle of Great Homer Street and Yellow Breck Road, Gerry Linford returns with his latest production The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery, a scouse whodunit, that is so funny it’s almost criminal. Following the exploits of sofa sleuth Eddie (Paul Duckworth), his wife Trish (Pauline Fleming), ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director and Choreographer: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Settling into your seat while breathing in the scent of fresh, slightly burnt toast, an audience watching Toast is in for a really enjoyable, homely evening. Adapted from the novel of the same name, Toasttells the story of Nigel Slater, food writer and broadcaster, during the teenage years that had ...

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Scouse Pacific – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Fred Lawless Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts First produced at The Royal Court as a Christmas production, now almost a decade later the show gets a summer revival, which feels as fresh and as funny as it was when it was first performed. Needless to say this comic castaway caper features an almost face cohort in the roles ...

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Cooped – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Cal McCrystal, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey, Toby Park Director: Cal McCrystal Comedy four-piece Spymonkey are celebrating their 20-year anniversary and what better way to do so than with the revival of their 2001 show Cooped, what the cast have described as a “demented pulp gothic romance”, which believe you me only just about scratches the surface, as ...

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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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Around the World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

 Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tate James With mathematical precision, Phileas Fogg winds his way about the world, hopping from train to boat to elephant in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel; and it is with the same mathematical precision that this exceptional adaptation by Laura Eason bounds across the stage, dragging its willing audience across continents ...

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Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Everyman

Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts If you attend this tale of Sweeney Todd, be prepared to see a version of the Sondheim musical which sees director Nick Bagnall strip back the piece and focus on the fundamental and important elements of music, lyrics and storytelling – this condensing brings an unrivalled ...

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