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BEAUTIFUL. Bronte Barbe 'Carole King'. Photo by Craig Sugden (2)

Beautiful: Northern Soul chats to Bronté Barbé about Carole King

November 30, 2017 Comments Off on Beautiful: Northern Soul chats to Bronté Barbé about Carole King

Name a female singer-songwriter from the past couple of decades.

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The cast of ELF The Musical 2017. Credit: James Everett Photography

Review: Elf: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

November 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Elf: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

It’s no secret that I’m a Christmas fanatic.

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Waiting for Godot, Stephen Joseph Theatre

Review: Waiting for Godot, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

November 28, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Waiting for Godot, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

This is the first time that I’ve awarded all five of my closely guarded stars to a production.

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Review: Dick Whittington, Oldham Coliseum

November 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Dick Whittington, Oldham Coliseum

It’s panto time again. ‘Oh no it isn’t!’ I hear you shout. ‘It’s only November.’ But like Christmas offers in the shops, panto seems to start earlier every year.

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John Barrowman, Dick Wittington, Manchester

“You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on “You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

As you might expect, chatting with John Barrowman is a cheeky and gossipy encounter. His tales are peppered with one-liners about threesomes with The Krankies and being the best ‘Dick’ in the business.

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We Apologise for the Inconvenience: Mark Griffiths on his new play about Douglas Adams

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on We Apologise for the Inconvenience: Mark Griffiths on his new play about Douglas Adams

As well as being a best-selling author, scriptwriter and the mind behind The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams is celebrated for such killer quotes as “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

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Review: Jubilee, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jubilee, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The 1978 punk film Jubilee set out to shock with violence, nudity and strong language. Nearly 40 years later, the 2017 play features more of the same but shocks for a different reason.

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Set-Up shots showing The Snowman @ Birmingham Rep Theatre. (Taken 12-01-17) ©Tristram Kenton 01/17 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

Clever intros aren’t really necessary here: Birmingham Rep’s production of The Snowman is a near-perfect festive family show.

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Review: The Greatest Play in the History of the World…, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Greatest Play in the History of the World…, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Julie Hesmondhalgh knows a fair bit about famous streets.

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Uncle Vanya production pic 10 (5654) - credit Jonathan Keenan

Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

November 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

You dream of this kind of night at the theatre, the kind of night where the magical formula of script, staging and performance puts you through the emotional mangle before imprinting itself forever upon your memory.

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