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Scouse Pacific – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Fred Lawless Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts First produced at The Royal Court as a Christmas production, now almost a decade later the show gets a summer revival, which feels as fresh and as funny as it was when it was first performed. Needless to say this comic castaway caper features an almost face cohort in the roles ...

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My Fairfield Lady – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts On paper, the premise of My Fairfield Lady is a good one, a localised spin on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion should sit perfectly at home at The Royal Court. However, Kevin Fearon and Chris Mellor have created a muddled piece of theatre that lacks distinction and depth. Kevin Fearon in his ...

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The Star – Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Wynne Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Tate James It is 150 years since the theatre we know today opened its doors as the Star Music Hall and, to celebrate the anniversary, the Liverpool Playhouse have made The Star the titular character of their Christmas offering as they invite us all to step back to the days of variety, with ...

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The Trial of Tomlinson Versus Boardman – St George’s Hall, Liverpool

Writer: Stan Boardman Reviewer: John Roberts   “When I looked at it on paper it looked shit,” remarked comedian Stan Boardman as he thanks the audience for coming along to his self-penned vanity project at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. Sadly the physical production doesn’t fair much better than the paper version. In the courtroom of St George’s Hall, Judge ...

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Pharaoh Cross The Mersey – Royal Court, Liverpool

Production photo of Pharaoh Cross The Mersey

Writer: Fred Lawless Director: Howard Gray Reviewer: John Roberts   Following on from last year’s Christmas production Scouse of the Antarctic, Pharaoh Cross The Mersey sees love-bird protagonists Boris the Russian Sailor (Michael Fletcher) and Liverpool University student Daisy (Hayley Hampson) become engaged and now holidaying in the sunny climes of Egypt. However, a token of their love holds a ...

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Bouncers – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: John Godber Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   The scary thing about the play Bouncers is that what you see on stage is actually what you see in real life, and that no matter that the play is now over 30 years old, the characters we see are still here with us today which is perhaps what makes ...

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Scouse of the Antarctic – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Fred Lawless Director: Howard Gray Reviewer: Helen Patrick Will Jimmy ever find true peace and quiet? Jimmy, who hates students, has moved from Liverpool (home of thousands of them) for ten months of the year, to the Antarctic in the hope of finding some relief from the endless stream of “young drunken fools.” Here he makes friends with Kylie ...

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Bouncers – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: John Godber Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Bouncers as writer John Godber plainly puts it ‘... is about working-class Britons. It is both a warning and a celebration.’ Possibly the most famous of Godber’s plays, this evening at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre does feel like a celebration. The lively audience is happily entertained by the ‘midnight circus’ unfolding ...

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