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Frankenstien – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Mary Shelley Adaptor: April De Angelis Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  Marking 200 years since the publication of the ground-breaking novel, The Royal Exchange Theatre offer us a new adaptation of the Frankenstein story. The anniversary is excuse enough, if one were needed, to refresh our fascination for a story which has seemed to speak to every generation ...

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Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Lyudmila Nerubashchenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s hard to believe that the original 1877 production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake was considered a failure. Today, Swan Lake is one of the most famous and popular classical ballets of all time, with Moscow City Ballet billing it as one of their signature pieces. Swan Lake tells the bewitching ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Company: Birmingham Royal Ballet Reviewer: Tate James Opulence abounds in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dreamy production of The Sleeping Beauty. This most classic fairytale is more beautiful than ever in Peter Wright’s iconic production, and seems to have lost none of its magic since its premiere in 1984. There isn’t ...

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On the Outskirts of a Large Event – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Joe W Director: Malaika Cunningham Reviewer: Andrea Allen Lucien wakes on a small island with a gaping head wound and no recollection of who he is. Accompanied by an anonymous ‘fan’, he slowly pieces his life together, and it becomes increasingly clear that his head trauma may well be not all that it seems. Captivating visuals and a sparse ...

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Thriller Live – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Thriller Live

Creator/Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Donna Kelly Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, it’s fair to say that Thriller Live is a crowd-pleaser. Now in its record-breaking ninth year in London’s West End, the musical extravaganza continues to draw big crowds and - much like Michael Jackson’s legacy - is showing no signs of slowing down. Celebrating ...

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Winter Solstice – Home Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Sam Lowe Have we come to watch a rehearsal or a play? The audience is first welcomed with a rehearsal room set, an intriguing design by Lizzie Clachan. We see desk chairs and tables littered with post-it notes, half-full water bottles, highlighters, snacks, and the list goes on. Have they ...

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Flashdance: The Musical  – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Tom Hedley Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Get your leotards and legwarmers at the ready because you’re about to be transported back to the 1980s with Flashdance - The Musical. This feel-good extravaganza will have you dancing in the aisles and signing along to songs that make you smile. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to an ...

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A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Writers: Bryony Kimmings, Brian Lobel and Kirsty Housley Director: Kirsty Hously Music: Tom Parkinson           Reviewer: Anna Ambelez When producer of the multi-award winning company Complicite’s, Judith Dimant (MBE) asked Bryony Kimmings to write a new show, she had just been diagnosed with cancer; Kimmings suggested cancer as the subject and neither could have known the journey it would take them ...

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