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Review: Jane Eyre, The Lowry, Salford

April 13, 2017 No Comments

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is the original plain Jane, the poor, orphaned girl who is dealt a bad hand. If life was toast, Jane’s slipped off the plate and landed butter side down. 

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Review: Escaped Alone, The Lowry, Salford

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Escaped Alone, The Lowry, Salford

At just 50 minutes long, Caryl Churchill’s new one-act play Escaped Alone nevertheless manages to go on a bit. It’s a snapshot of innocuous little lives and the darkness which can lurk at their edges, but in the final analysis, it doesn’t have all that much of real interest to say.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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

February 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Lowry, Salford

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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Eliza Collins & Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Manchester and the North have always had a close relationship with the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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The Lowry spa

Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

The last time I was offered a full body massage, I was staying on Gili Trawangan, an island just off the coast of Bali. It was so brutal that I felt like I’d accidently entered a wrestling competition – and lost.

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Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

December 10, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

A year ago, I reviewed this production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

Robert Hamilton, Northern Soul’s Opera Correspondent, enjoys an outstanding Opera North Autumn season featuring Der Rosenkavalier, Billy Budd, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica at The Lowry in Salford. 

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Mark Gatiss

“Britain has become Royston Vasey” – Mark Gatiss talks to Northern Soul

November 3, 2016 Comments Off on “Britain has become Royston Vasey” – Mark Gatiss talks to Northern Soul

“Britain has become Royston Vasey and we’ve never had any credit for it.”

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Rufus Hound in Wind in the Willows

Taking on Toad: Rufus Hound talks to Northern Soul about Wind in the Willows

October 25, 2016 Comments Off on Taking on Toad: Rufus Hound talks to Northern Soul about Wind in the Willows

By any standards, launching a big-budget musical is a huge risk. Nor do you make it any easier for yourself by basing said musical on a much-loved property (mess with cherished notions or characters and you can come a cropper).

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Review: The Shawkshank Redemption, The Lowry, Salford

September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Shawkshank Redemption, The Lowry, Salford

I thought of a new word yesterday while watching the The Shawshank Redemption at The Lowry: solvation.

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