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A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre, London

Created by: Fisher Stevens Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The music of the 60s and 70s seems to have a special significance for that generation, and while the famous bands may have gone their separate ways decades ago, tribute performers have become big business for regional venues that pack in crowds eager to celebrate their heroes. Fisher Stevens’ show dedicated to music ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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Still Alice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Christine Mary Dunford (adapted from the book by Lisa Genova) Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Dementia can seem one of nature's cruelest conditions. Young on-set Alzheimer's is even more vicious. Lisa Genova's book Still Alice, published in 2007, was first adapted for the stage by Christine Mary Dunford before it was then made into an academy award winning ...

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Drift – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Drift is a Manchester-based collaborative collective bringing together Test Card, VAM and Meraki Collective that brings together local artists working in music, movement, performance, spoken word and digital art (mostly) to create opportunities to create and present multi-disciplinary mixed-genre events in a variety of platforms. Drift is several tranches Manchester’s underground arts scene getting organised and making ...

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Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sam Lowe Canzoni d'Amore, a beautiful title for a ravishing concert on the Lyric Theatre stage. It translates to "songs of love", the overall theme for this evening's musical repertoire. Russell Watson has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, establishing himself as the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. "The People's Tenor", has performed for many ...

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Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Writer and comedian Steve Delany has been performing as his alter ego Count Arthur Strong for well over 20 years now. Despite the Count’s failed attempts to crack the acting world, and his career dying on its arse, this comedic creation seems to go from strength to strength with several radio programmes, his very own BBC sitcom, ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton) Director: Ellie Jones (original director Matthew Warchus) Reviewer: Joan Phillips You can make what you want out of Yasmina Reza’s short play, Art. Is it a play about contemporary art commentary? Is it about relationships between middle-aged white men? Is it about how educated, middle-class people develop a polite veneer to cover their ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Joan Phillips Starting with a Second World War public information Pathé News Reel telling people how to behave during an air raid, this famous ballet is immediately set in the London Blitz. Matthew Bourne has once again chosen his own unique approach to this well-known story. But Bourne’s retelling is less a ...

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