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Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Everyman

Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts If you attend this tale of Sweeney Todd, be prepared to see a version of the Sondheim musical which sees director Nick Bagnall strip back the piece and focus on the fundamental and important elements of music, lyrics and storytelling – this condensing brings an unrivalled ...

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Yellow Breck Road – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Gerry Linford Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from his critically acclaimed debut play The Miracle of Great Homer Street last summer, writer Gerry Linford returns to the Court with his follow up play of love, loss and family relationships that remind us that there really is no place like home. Loosely based on The Wizard of Oz, ...

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Scouse Cinderella – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Kevin Fearon Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Court has firmly become the place to go for the more adult and alternative fayre to the traditional pantomime. But if truth be told, while the cast have always been at the top of the game, the end results have always been a little hit and miss, for every Scouse of the ...

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Othello – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of the Everyman Rep’s second season wages war on the stage in a subtle and contemporary revival of the bard’s Othello. With the leading players clad in present-day desert storm militia and their female counterparts sporting high street trends, the design aesthetic from the Everyman Team is chic ...

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The Scouse Nativity – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Additional Material/Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: John Roberts   If we are to be truly honest, then the Christmas shows over the past few years at The Royal Court have been a little hit and miss – the productions have tried to rely on the same formula of past successes and left little to the imagination, thankfully this ...

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The Lonesone West – The Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Robert Farquhar Reviewer: John Roberts Moving away from the big, bold and brash scouse comedies that the Royal Court usually produces is a brave move, but there is something very familiar with their choice of producing Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play The Lonesome West. Making his Royal Court debut Liverpool based director Robert Farquhar ...

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Father O’Flaherty Saves Our Souls – Royal Court, Liverpool

Alan Stocks as Father O'Flaherty in Father O'Flaherty Saves Our Souls

Writer: Alan Stocks Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Father O'Flaherty (Alan Stocks) is no stranger to the Royal Court, he's been a regular cameo role in a multitude of shows over the years and now the time has (finally) come for the irreverent reverend to take centre stage in his own show. Father O'Flaherty Saves Our Souls follows the ...

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Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels – Royal Court, Liverpool

Company of Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel perform a musical number

Writers: Dave Kirby, Nicky Allt Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Charlie Senate   Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels first graced the stage of the Royal Court in long-lost 2002, and its success helped to revitalise the then struggling theatre. Liverpool was a different city then and the newly-renovated Royal Court a different venue. Brick Up won the hearts of the local ...

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