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The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Gerry Linford Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts Following the critical successes of both The Miracle of Great Homer Street and Yellow Breck Road, Gerry Linford returns with his latest production The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery, a scouse whodunit, that is so funny it’s almost criminal. Following the exploits of sofa sleuth Eddie (Paul Duckworth), his wife Trish (Pauline Fleming), ...

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Achy Breaky Bride – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Culshaw & David Paul Director: Sylvie Gatrill Reviewer: John Roberts Take one bridal shop in St Helens, add a heavy dose of Country and Western music and soak it with plenty of scouse humour and you have the ingredients for the Theatre Royal’s latest home-grown comedy.  It might not be the most sophisticated of productions, its most certainly ...

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The Owl and the Pussycat – Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall

Writer: Bill Manhoff Director: Mark Stratton Producer: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Owl and the Pussycat came to Thirsk Town Hall near the end of the third week of a four-week tour by the remarkable Esk Valley Theatre. Not content with a pretty much sold out month in the Summer at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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Aladdin – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts At just under two hours, this year’s festive offering of Aladdin at St Helens Theatre Royal is a surprisingly slick affair. It’s bold, vibrant and keeps itself firmly on track, bringing all the traditional elements of the genre together and never out staying its welcome. Chantelle Nolan has arguably produced and directed ...

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Blood Brothers – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole [rating:4.5] “And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be what we have come to know as class?” Even 28 years since this line was first said out loud on a stage, Willy Russell’s long running musical hit, still strikes a chord with its ...

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Blood Brothers – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson, Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.0]   When the curtain opens onto the scene of two bodies and a crowd of mourners it seems a reasonable guess to say that Blood Brothers will be a tragic show. As the spot light falls on Marti Pellow this assumption would appear to be confirmed as he ...

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Blood Brothers- Civic Theatre, Darlington

Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Book: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson, Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4.5] Blood Brothers is a haunting, beautifully tragic show, with genuine humour and pure emotion it begins at the end and then goes on to tell the story of how we got there. Currently in its last few weeks in London’s West End, the tour continues ...

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