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The Full Monty – Opera House, Manchester

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Iain Sykes Well, whatever the well known song says, you really do have to take your hat off to the six brave actors baring all in front of a few thousand (mainly female) screaming theatregoers. For this is no ordinary play. This is The Full Monty. The stage version of the hit 1997 ...

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – Home, Manchester

 Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Mel Duncan Hidden stories and those long forgotten can be the beginnings of magical theatre which teach one to probe deeper into the world around them.  Given that Slapton Sands, the village depicted in Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved book sits in such proximity to Kneehigh’s creative stomping ground, this would be a natural choice of ...

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Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show – Opera House, Manchester

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Marie Smith The Rocky Horror Show along with it’s many adoring fans is back in Manchester for a short run on it’s UK tour. A musical that celebrates the weird and wonderful and doesn’t judge if you turn up in stockings and suspenders! The show has built a cult following of all ages ...

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Gecko: Institute – HOME, Manchester

Artistic Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Founded in 2001, Gecko is an award-winning physical theatre company led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav, who remains a compelling central devising performer within the company’s diverse range of work. Institute, their latest show, has been two years in the making and is a careful and detailed examination of the ways we care ...

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All Or Nothing – Opera House, Manchester

2016 Uk Tour of All Or Nothing

Book: Carol Harrison Music and Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Donna Kelly Following in the wake of sixties jukebox musicals Let it Be andSunny Afternoon, Carol Harrison brings the story of iconic mod band, The Small Faces to the stage. Told from the perspective of original singer Steve Marriott, All or Nothing charts The Small Faces brief ...

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Dirty Dancing – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Almost 30 years ago a low budget film, by a new studio, with no major stars, gave us a fairly hackneyed tale of romance crossing social divides on the momentum provided by 1960’s music and dance. For some reason, this has lodged in the folklore of several generations as the baby ...

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Keep Dancing – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Highly energetic Jives, smooth Waltzes, fiery Tangos and comedic Charleston routines are entertaining audiences up and down the country over the weekends with the much-anticipated return of Strictly Come Dancing. And now former pros Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, along with 2012 winner and Olympian Louis Smith, are among a cast bringing the ballroom ...

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Wish List – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Soper Director: Matthew Xia   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If, as they say, courage is grace under pressure then Tamsin Carmody (Erin Doherty) must qualify as a heroine if not a saint. The early death of her mother not only messed up Tamsin’s educational opportunities it drove her brother Dean (Joseph Quinn), into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is now ...

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