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There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Scenes from the Luddite Rebellion) – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writers: James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney Director: James Yeatman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The challenging nature of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out at The Royal Exchange is made clear in the tag line: Scenes from the Luddite Rebellion.  The play does not attempt to give an exhaustive examination of the disruptive events during the industrial revolution when workers, fearing ...

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West Side Story – The Royal Exchange, Manchester   

Concept:  Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Director:  Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Nowadays audiences are accustomed to perceiving West Side Story as a classic musical perfect for viewing on Sunday afternoons so it is hard to accept that, when first staged, its depiction of gang violence was controversial.  Now the UK has become a racially divided ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children- The Royal Exchange, Manchester 

Writer: Bertolt Brecht  Composer: Jim Fortune Adptor/Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Many people argue Mother Courage and Her Children is the best play of the 20thCentury but that doesn’t mean it is easy to watch. Author Bertolt Brecht regarded theatre as a means by which he could communicate his political views and treated niceties like set design, characterisation and even ...

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The Producers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book:  Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks Director: Raz Shaw Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The original movie version of The Producers was so outrageously funny it is hard to imagine a musical version could be an improvement. Yet this festive season The Royal Exchange certainly have a damn good try with director Raz Shaw’s staging of the musical. Producer Max ...

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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Parliament Square – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jay Nuttall With Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on the verge of announcing its shortlist for the 2017 Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, it has taken two years for the fruits of one of the winners from 2015 to grace the main stage. James Fritz’s Parliament Square was, admittedly from the writer himself, hastily written before ...

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Wish List – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Soper Director: Matthew Xia   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If, as they say, courage is grace under pressure then Tamsin Carmody (Erin Doherty) must qualify as a heroine if not a saint. The early death of her mother not only messed up Tamsin’s educational opportunities it drove her brother Dean (Joseph Quinn), into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is now ...

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Night Watch – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jodie McNee in The Night Watch

Writer: Sarah Waters Adaptor: Hattie Naylor Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The novel Night Watch, written by Sarah Waters, concerns a group of people who, in wartime Britain, are compelled to live in shadows: lesbians, failed suicides, conscientious objectors and women pregnant out of wedlock. Kay (Jodie McNee) a depressed former ambulance driver is helped to see herself in ...

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