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Review: Baskerville, Liverpool Playhouse

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Baskerville, Liverpool Playhouse

Every generation, it seems, has its own Sherlock Holmes.

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Sting brings The Last Ship home to Newcastle - photo credit Mark Savage for Northern Stage

Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

December 11, 2017 Comments Off on Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you.

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Review: Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, HOME, Manchester

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, HOME, Manchester

There seems to be a glut of Red Riding Hood productions this Christmas.

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Around the World in 80 Days

Review: Around the World in 80 Days, The Lowry, Salford

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Around the World in 80 Days, The Lowry, Salford

It’s been retold a hundred times but, as everyone knows, at the start of Jules Verne’s original novel the Victorian gentlemen Phileas Fogg makes a bet that he can cross the globe in, well, 80 days.

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The Bear by Raymond Briggs at Waterside Arts Centre Picture © Jason Lock Photography

Review: The Bear, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Bear, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Sale Waterside has delivered some fine Christmas family shows in recent years, specialising in hand-crafted, smaller-scale work that punches above its weigh and delights younger audiences.

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Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017Conductor - Martin AndréDirector - Olivia FuchsDesigner - Yannis ThavorisLighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.

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Review: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith, Manchester Literature Festival

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith, Manchester Literature Festival

I can’t think of a better twosome to round off this year’s Manchester Literature Festival than Jackie Kay and Ali Smith.

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Mary-Ellen McTague at Aumbry. Photo by Chris Payne.

“Good food doesn’t need to be an elitist thing.” Northern Soul talks to chef Mary-Ellen McTague

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on “Good food doesn’t need to be an elitist thing.” Northern Soul talks to chef Mary-Ellen McTague

Long ago, back before it was subsumed into a south Manchester suburb, Chorlton-cum-Hardy was a village dominated by farmlands and dotted with dairies.

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Jesca Hoop

Review: Jesca Hoop, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jesca Hoop, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Resplendent in a remarkable red dress which makes her look part flamenco dancer and part Dalek, Jesca Hoop takes to The Stoller Hall stage for something like a homecoming gig.

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Lancaster is the best place ever because…

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on Lancaster is the best place ever because…

…I grew up in a suburb.

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