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Crowd – Liverpool Playhouse

Devisers: The Young Everyman Team and their mentors Directors: Nicole Behan, Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) team is well-known for its large-scale productions, so,devising a piece which, by its very title Crowd, requires plenty of people is a good choice. The show was devised by the team and developed with the actors ...

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The Cat in the Hat – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Katie Mitchell Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Cat in the Hat is Dr Seuss’s tonic for keeping kids amused on wet days. Indeed, it is a wet day when the magnificent creature comes calling on a Boy and his older sister Sally. The bored squabbling siblings let the purring pussy in – much to the annoyance of their ...

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Caroline, Or Change – Playhouse Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Tony Kushner Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the autumn of 1963, change was in the air in the southern United States. The civil rights movement was underway in Georgia and Alabama – but less so in Louisiana, the setting for Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change. In this production (a West ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Edinburgh Playhouse

Adapted for the stage by: Robert Stigwood Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A year after the touring version of Grease arrived at the Playhouse, Saturday Night Fever is now at the venue. It’s impossible not to see it as Grease’s less successful cousin. The first of the two movies that made John Travolta a household name, but the last ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters – from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Loveday Ingram Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin “The game’s afoot Watson. Someone is trying to murder our reputation as top-notch detectives.”… Yes, Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not for those who take the super sleuths too seriously. Most versions of Holmes and Watson also seem a bit larger than life, a little over the top and a ...

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Gabriel – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Tate James The catalogue of World War II dramas tends to focus heavily on the masculinity of war: young boys becoming men the moment they enlist, the horrors of those fighting for us all, the aftermath of their experience as they struggle to integrate back into everyday life. Stories of victims of war ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches,  Leicester’s Curve theatre alongside Kingston’s Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl’s deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl’s dark tale is brought vividly ...

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