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Educating Rita – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey   Like the 1995 and 2006 Lyric productions of Russell’s play, Emma Jordan’s excellent production also sees the action transferred from Liverpool to Belfast. Changes of place names and radio broadcasts referring to the 1981 hunger strikes are the most obvious adjustments. Otherwise, this production shows how Russell’s exploration of class ...

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Putting It Together – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Stephen Sondheim Director: Stephen Whitson Musical Director: Issac McCullough Reviewer: Colm G Doran “Art isn’t easy”; a line from one the opening numbers of Blunt Fringe’s latest show Putting it Together seems to sum up the situation when this troop of actors were faced with singing their way through a whopping thirty two songs from various Sondheim shows, but ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Simon Stephens Based on the novel by: Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems fitting that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time finishes its UK tour at The Lowry. Following the award for ‘Best Visiting Production’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards earlier this year. This spectacular production bows out in style, and fully ...

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NEWS: Jonathan Larson celebrated in new West End gala concert

RENT composer Jonathan Larson will be celebrated in a new gala concert in London’s West End on the 20th anniversary of his untimely passing. Seasons of Larson will be produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James and be presented at The Lyric Theatre on Monday, 25 January 2016 and promises to “explore how Larson became a voice ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Dancing at Lughnasa – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: David Keane First preformed at the Abbey Theatre in 1990, Brain Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa makes a timely return to Dublin to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The multi-award winning play comes to the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival. A semi-autobiographical memory ...

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Annabelle Comyn Writer: Brian Friel Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In Dancing at Lughnasa Michael Evans (Charlie Bonner) reflects back on his childhood, sharing with the events of one summer in 1936. Born out of wedlock, he is raised by his mother and her four sisters in Donegal. The play explores the upheavals in the lives of the Mundy sisters as ...

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Shrek The Musical – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Joan Phillips It is hard to put a foot wrong with a musical stage version of this immensely successful film. Shrek (the movie) was a blockbuster and Oscar-winning success on its release in 2001. Shrek The Musical has been filling theatres since it first hit New York ...

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The Last Five Years – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Stephen Whitson Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Blunt Fringe Productions present a beautiful production of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years. Starring Amy Lennox as Cathy and Fra Fee as Jamie, this is a production about falling in and out of love. Jamie is an aspiring writer who falls in love with ...

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