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NEWS: Idina Menzel to return to UK: London, Manchester and Edinburgh

One-time Wicked Witch of the West Idina Menzel is set to return to London in October (after a glorious gig at the Royal Albert Hall last autumn) for a one week residency at the Apollo Theatre, followed by appearances at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and Manchester's Palace Theatre. The Tony winner will perform with a 25-piece orchestra, singing songs from her ...

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NEWS: Royal Exchange, Manchester: Theatre Studio season autumn/winter 2012

Following a fantastic start to 2012, with plays by Sarah Kane, Philip Ridley and Dennis Kelly, theRoyal Exchange Studio had set itself a tough challenge to keep audiences excited for the rest of theyear. They have certainly outdone themselves, with a varied selection of comedy, drama, music andchildren’s shows. The centrepiece of the new season is Black Roses: The Killing ...

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PREVIEW: Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews, Manchester

It’s that time of year again, where both fledgling and established comedians hone their acts for thatdaunting hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The North West does quite well for attracting comicsto perform, with great Manchester venues such as The Comedy Store, XS Malarkey, The Frog andBucket to name but a few. But what value do comics get out of ...

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Everything We Need – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Ben Mellor Musicians: Dan Steele and Leonie Higgins Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:4] Ben Mellor has brought together seven characters inspired by Mike Hulme’s book Why We Disagree About Climate Change; each character's story is based on a modern interpretation of a classical myth, and relates to our understanding of - and response to - climate change. That makes this ...

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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Now in its ninth year, the 24:7 Festival is certainly one of the highlights of Manchester’s theatrical calendar. During that time, it has premiered 136 new pieces of theatre, in various venues across the city. At this year’s launch on 20th June, at the Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks, David Slack, the festival’s affable executive producer, introduced the new line-up ...

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I Dreamed A Dream -Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writers: Elaine C Smith &Alan McHugh Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Geoff Lovelock [rating:1]   To say I hated this show wouldn’t be quite right, I didn’t hate it so much as emerge blinking as though from a nightmare, confused, bewildered and depressed to discover the rest of the audience appeared to have had the best night of their lives. Which ...

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Blood Brothers – Opera House, Manchester

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Thomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [rating:2] “Did you never hear the story of the Johnstone twins?” asks Marti Pellow’s Narrator at the opening of this modern favourite. Yes, I’ve heard it countless times, and so have millions of others over the years, but that hasn’t stopped it becoming a West End fixture and touring ...

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