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Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

February 25, 2017 No Comments

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Lowry, Salford

February 24, 2017 No Comments

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show might be named exclusively after Eric Carle’s globally-famous ravenous insect, but is in fact an hour-long romp through a wider slice of the author’s imagination.

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Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

February 23, 2017 No Comments

I’ve been a huge fan of Sheridan Smith since her days in Runcorn-based sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

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Review: Fiddler on the Roof, Liverpool Everyman

February 23, 2017 No Comments

It is perhaps appropriate that the Liverpool Everyman’s first rep company in 25 years should open their inaugural production with a rousing song called Tradition.

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Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

February 22, 2017 No Comments

The last time I saw Polly Lister on stage, she was on her way to winning a 2015 UK Theatre award for best performance in a play.

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Getting ready for rep with Liverpool Everyman

February 14, 2017 No Comments

There’s an unmistakeable air of expectation at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre these days.

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THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA

Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

“It’s Middlemarch gone mad,” I heard someone say in the interval.

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Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

Liverpool is to become home to the UK’s first revolving 360-degree Stage-Around Theatre as part of a multi-million pound programme to attract creative businesses to the Ten Streets district regeneration project.

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Andrew McLain who plays John , image by Lee Baxter 

Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

I am infuriatingly punctual. I can’t bear tardiness which means I’m usually left standing outside in the cold, or at the bar, waiting for others to show up.

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The Chef Show, Oldham Library

Review: The Chef Show, Oldham Library

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Chef Show, Oldham Library

Curry is in crisis.

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