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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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Aladdin – The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin It was probably the title that made the team change the ancient rules of pantomime: Instead of a girl as the principal boy they decided to bring A-lad-in. [Editor: Groan] The lad in question being Adam McCoy who wastes no time using his youthful good looks to win over the audience ...

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Closer – The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Adam McCoy Reviewer Matthew Forrest In 1997 actor/playwriter Patrick Marber was riding the crest of a wave: he had not long since had a prominent role in the comedy classic TV series Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. His debut play, Dealers Choice had just been on an extensive run in the West End. His second ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Black E, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Robin Winters The Black E on the edge of Liverpool’s China Town has become the latest venue to give a home to pantomime. Offering its own unique localised and intimate take on the family favourite, new company Drops of Light present the epic tale of love Beauty and the Beast. Sam Donovan’s fast-paced ...

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John and Jen – Union Theatre, London

Music and Book: Andrew Lippa Lyrics and Book: Tom Greenwald Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sibling relationships aren’t very well covered in popular culture, and when they are they’re usually a subplot depicting brothers and sisters at war, either murdering each other for an inheritance in Poirot or having affairs with each other’s wives in EastEnders. And musical theatre, ...

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Emily Brown and the Thing – Pleasance Two, Edinburgh

Writer: Cressida Cowell &Neal Layton Adaptor: Tall Stories Music/Lyrics: Jon Fiber &Andy Shaw Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: John Roberts Tall Stories return to the Fringe with the latest of their picture book page to stage adaptations with Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton's charming tale Emily Brown and the Thing. Emily Brown is a little heavier than yesterday and about the ...

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