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La Boheme – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Original Director: Phyllida Lloyd Revival Director: Michael Barker-Craven Conductor: Renato Balsadonna Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Puccini’s opera La Boheme premiered in Turin in 1896. Just over a year later, it received it’s UK premiere at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, only a few miles from Salford’s Lowry Theatre, where Opera North brings its latest incarnation. The Manchester debut was supervised ...

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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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The Listening Room – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Harriet Madeley Director: Max Barton Reviewer: Jo Beggs Shocking, brutal violent crimes. They happen in a moment, but for those they leave behind – perpetrators or victims – there’s a lifetime of anger, hurt and wondering how life could have been different. But when Writer Harriet Madeley stepped into the world of a group of people whose lives had ...

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Little Miss Sunshine – The Lowry, Salford

Book/Lyrics: James Lapine Music/Lyrics: William Finn Writer: Michael Arndt Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Jo Beggs Nobody expected the quirky US 2006 road movie to be the massive success it turned out to be. A struggle to get made, a small budget, and with a location shifted from one end of the country to the other, it could so easily have ...

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Heart of Darkness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Joseph Conrad Adaptor: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Director: Pete Brooks Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This is not Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, although it would be improper not to give him a writer’s credit. It is also inaccurate to describe it as an adaptation, although much is made of the difficulties of adapting a Victorian novel about events in Africa ...

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The Girl on the Train – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The publicity for this theatre version of the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins acknowledges its debt to the earlier adaptation into the DreamWorks film. But some of the novel’s authenticity is restored through its return home to a London location, a grittier, shabbier set of ...

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Robert White: The Tank Top Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Here’s the problem. You create an act, craft your live stage show, gig at Edinburgh Fringe year after year, and work hard to get yourself a small but enthusiastic following. Then you get yourself into the finals in Britain’s Got Talent. That’s got to be a great career move, hasn’t it? Robert White did just that – and ...

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Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Starting his new tour on his own patch certainly pays off for Justin Moorhouse. With this lovingly celebratory show about being a Northerner, he’s delivering his freshly crafted material to a room full of people who know exactly what he’s talking about. To audiences farther afield there might be a touch of the charmingly exotic, to us ...

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