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Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 No Comments

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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Bat-Out-of-Hell-premiere

Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

March 17, 2017 No Comments

Part of the strange charm of the original Bat Out Of Hell recording has always been that it was unashamedly grandiose and knowingly absurd, and that, lyrically and presentation-wise, it was also pretty funny.

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Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

No matter how old we get, there’s something about public nudity that can still shock and amuse.

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Review: Pygmalion, Liverpool Playhouse

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Pygmalion, Liverpool Playhouse

Take some raw material. Manipulate it, reshape it. Then stand back and consider what you’ve made.

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Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

Anyone who knows me should be well aware that pretty much the extent of my interest, let alone prowess, in sport consists of being South London triple jump champion for about five minutes when I was 10-years-old.

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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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Ashes, The Octagon Theatre, image by Jonathan Keenan

Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

One look at Ciaran Bagnall’s marvellously monumental set and we’re back in the 1970s, a world of white surfaces, chrome, and chunky design.

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Cyrano, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Cyrano de Bergerac had a very big nose. So big in fact that Edmund Rostand immortalised it in his 1897 comic masterpiece, written almost 250 years after his eponymous hero’s death.

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Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

The Angel in the House is a popular Victorian poem – a terrible set of verse – extolling the virtues of the submissive woman who exists solely to cater for her husband’s needs.

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

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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