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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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The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Review: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page,” says Professor Kirke at the beginning of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

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Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf, image Brian Roberts.

Review: Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf, Z-arts, Manchester

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf, Z-arts, Manchester

I’ve just experienced a new kind of anxiety.

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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 Charlatans image by Chris Payne

Review and Photo Gallery: The Charlatans, 02 Apollo, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: The Charlatans, 02 Apollo, Manchester

A quick look at Setlist.fm – and I can heartily recommend this site, dubbed ‘the setlist Wiki’, for a fan-generated database of gig setlists from the past 30 years – shows that The Charlatans changed the order of their songs for their Manchester gig to start with Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over.

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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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Ali Smith

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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RET & Talawa - Guys&Dolls - Centre Kurt Kansley (Harry The Horse) and Cast - Image Manuel Harlan

Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, this co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company of the great Guys and Dolls, first performed in 1950 and revived many times since, is notable for being the first in the UK to feature an all-black cast.

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Lucy Jo Hudson and Jack Rigby

Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a panto. If they are all like this, then I won’t be leaving my next visit to one so long.

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