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FEATURE: Hope springs eternal in Liverpool’s independent theatre scene

There can surely be few streets in the UK more impressive in its dazzling array of theatres, concert halls and bars than Liverpool’s Hope Street. In addition to the much loved Everyman Theatre and the Philharmonic Hall, a new independent theatre, appropriately named the Hope Street Theatre has opened in the City’s Masonic Hall. In full view of the Everyman, ...

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Motown: The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Berry Gordy Director: Charles Randolph-Wright Reviewer: Dominic Corr More than music, Motown was an opportunity. It was family, dedication and an outlet for some of history’s greatest African American performers. The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross all had a part to play in the construction of the record label. Playing such a prominent role in racial integration ...

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Still Alice – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  Lisa Genova Adaptor: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: James Eves ‘While I may not remember this, I hope the reason for doing it is something that is remembered.’ These words echo as Still Alice follows the mental decline of Alice Howland, a successful Harvard University professor, as she is diagnosed and suffers from a form of Alzheimer’s disease, as ...

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The Habit Of Art – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Alan Bennet Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: James Eves To be able to tell a captivating story for the theatre is one thing, it requires a lot of character, skill and time. Therefore, to be able to create two stories for the same play that run alongside one another at the same time, deserves twice the admiration. To put it ...

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Madagascar The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Musical Director: Angharad Sanders Reviewer: Dominic Corr What happens when the king of the jungle, a smart-mouthed zebra, a hypochondriac giraffe and a sassy hippo fall foul of a botched escape from the zoo? A two-billion-dollar film franchise followed by what else? A musical adaptation. Bringing the ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Book: Douglas Day Stewart Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Dominic Corr With more cheese than a 70s fondue party, An Officer and a Gentleman is a jukebox-style music, replete with ‘bad boy’ attitudes and lovers tiffs. First attempted in 2012, thirty years after the film’s release it now has a revived life touring the UK. Would it really be any kind ...

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Summer Holiday: The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Haddigan Director & Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Dominic Corr We all know the song, and love it or hate it, we can all at least sing that one single verse. Sir Cliff Richards' (and The Shadows') 1963 triumph Summer Holiday – taken from the titular film, is still a British classic. The musical, adapted from the film, sees four London ...

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Fat Friends: The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Resident Director: Craig Armstrong Writer: Kay Mellor Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the summer sun begins to peek out from the infinite greyness of above, the time comes to consider if our beach bodies are ready for public display. As luck would have it, someone else is watching their waistline – and they are bringing their whole family ...

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