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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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“Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

October 3, 2017 Comments Off on “Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

I have an enduring memory of a production of King Lear. I think it was a school trip, probably because the play was on the curriculum.

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“I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

I am obsessed with the film Elf. Every year, without fail, I snuggle under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine and pop it on my telly box.

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Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

First off, it should probably be acknowledged that there are noticeable similarities between this rather brilliant production and the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

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Shobana Jeyasingh and Tom Piper talk to Northern Soul about Bayadère – The Ninth Life

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Shobana Jeyasingh and Tom Piper talk to Northern Soul about Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Shobana Jeyasingh wants to make it clear that the world premiere of her Bayadère – The Ninth Life at Salford’s Lowry this week is not simply another version of Marius Petipa’s famous classical ballet La Bayadère.

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Review: Goth Weekend, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Goth Weekend, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

There’s always something a bit weird about watching a play set in your home town, including an emotional response somewhere between pride and embarrassment when you hear the characters speak about the places that exist in real life.

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Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play first performed in 1938 is an American classic – there’s always a production on somewhere.

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Review: A Brief History of Women, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: A Brief History of Women, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

“This is the first time that I’ve written a play with a house as the central character,” says Alan Ayckbourn of his new comedy, A Brief History of Women.

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Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

“Just wait and I’ll get the others, they’re all here,” says Lily Clark, forward for the Batley Bulldogs Girls Rugby League team as I chat to her outside the Lawrence Batley Theatre before the premiere of The Ruck.

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Review: Partition, West Yorkshire Playhouse

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Partition, West Yorkshire Playhouse

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.” So says Malcolm of the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth. If only the same could be said of Great Britain abandoning its Empire.

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