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Grease – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Poppy Helm [rating:3]   Grease may be a story about teenagers but as a show it's well into its middle-age; 40 years have passed since its original Broadway debut. Unfortunately, with this particular production, the wrinkles are starting to show. It's a story most of us already know; after a romantic summer fling, Danny and Sandy ...

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Box of Frogs – Contact, Manchester

Producer: StumbleDanceCircus Reviewer: Katherine Kirwan [rating: 3.5] I approached 'Box of Frogs' with the excitement of a small child with eyes of wonder, as all children and adults should do when attending the circus. I love circus arts and the impossibility that the performers achieve, and the drama of the performance. I was excited to discover Box of Frogs was ...

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Pat Kirkwood is Angry – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director: Lee Blakeley Musical Director &Pianist: James Holmes Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:4] Having first seen Jessica Walker perform at The Lowry earlier this year in The Girl I Left Behind Me, I had an inkling of what I should expect with tonight’s Opera North and Exchange offering, Pat Kirkwood is Angry. Kirkwood is played by Walker who, on leading us ...

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Sister Act – The Opera House, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Jerry Zaks Reviewer: Zara Ellis [Rating: 4] The new breed of happy go lucky musicals has really taken off over the past few years and the fun loving musical Sister Act is no exception. This divine comedy is packed full of humour, warmth and a whole lot of singing and appears that it ...

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Northern Ballet : Madame Butterfly – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director &Choreographer: David Nixon Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:3] Puccini’s glorious opera, Madame Butterfly could not, you may think, be improved upon but then again, Boublil and Schönberg’s hit musical Miss Saigon was at least, loosely based on the original story and is still selling out to appreciative audiences around the world. Now, almost thirty years on ...

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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage with accounts from Sylvia Lancaster Director: Sarah Frankom &Susan Roberts Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:4] In August 2007 Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby were brutally attacked in a park in Bacup. They were hospitalised and 13 days later, Sophie died from her injuries. Flash forward to March and the award-winning Radio 4 drama, Black Roses, which ...

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Perspectives – 3MT Theatre, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating:2] Organised Chaos have the wonderful aim of discovering and promoting new and emerging talents in acting, writing and directing in the North-West. They provide an excellent platform and support for new creative artists and help create a burgeoning fringe scene in Manchester. Their latest venture 'Perspectives' provided writers with the challenge of showing a different perspective ...

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The Country Wife – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Willian Wycherley Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating:4] The Country Wife is a bawdy, enjoyable, lewd, fabulous, farcical evening at the Royal Exchange, where the in-the-round structure serves to include the audience in the action and whip us up in langauge, intrigue and excitement of Wycherley's play. The Country Wife is a play with several plots however, the ...

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