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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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Billy Elliot – The Musical – The Palace, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The movie, Billy Elliot, was so close to perfect as to raise doubts as to whether adding songs could enhance the audience experience or result in a show that is bloated and unwieldy. Besides, musicals, by their nature, tend to be feel-good and so Billy Elliot, ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before moving to the West End. It's paired with Love’s Labour’s Lost, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common to both ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before wending its way West End-wards. It is paired with Much Ado About Nothing, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common ...

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Ghosts – Home, Manchester

Niamh Cussak leads the cast in Ghosts

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: David Watson Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Richard Hall Henrik Ibsen belongs to a small group of influential late 19th Century writers, including Strindberg and George Bernard Shaw, who are credited with creating the so called, "problem play". The plays written during this period and well into the beginning of the 20th Century highlighted social issues and ...

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When Both Sides Surrender – 53two, Manchester

Writer: Scott Devon Director:  Lawrence Evans Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby When Both Side Surrender is the first full-length piece staged at Manchester‘s newest theatre venue 53two.  Manchester’s Fringe scene is renowned nationally not only for its quality and variety, but also for its ambition.  And with typical swagger, this play is not about a fight, or even an affray, but ...

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Hair – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music:  Galt MacDermott Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Richard Hall First staged nearly 50 years ago, Hair, is the quintessential 60s “hippy musical”. With its origins in flower power and fierce opposition to the Vietnam War, Hair, was first produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre, later transferring to Broadway where it ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Phil Clark Reviewer: Andrea Allen A theatre full to the brim with children laughing, running around with their friends and stuffing sweets in their mouth is a scene that would have had Roald Dahl grinning from ear to ear. Tonight’s audience of George’s Marvellous Medicine at the Opera House would certainly not fail ...

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