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Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

May 17, 2022 No Comments

How much Partridge is too much? It’s a question that Steve Coogan seems to have wrestled with over the years.

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“I feel like an imposter waiting to be caught out by other writers.” Tim Firth talks to Northern Soul

May 13, 2022 No Comments

You know that man, the man who can? Tim Firth is that man. His CV ranges from radio jingles, MC for stand-up comics, songwriter and playwright through to adapter of plays, writer of musicals, and screenwriter.

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York Theatre Royal: Mathew Horne and Keith Allen talk about The Homecoming

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on York Theatre Royal: Mathew Horne and Keith Allen talk about The Homecoming

A new production of Harold Pinter’s award-winning drama The Homecoming starring Mathew Horne, Keith Allen and Ian Bartholomew is coming to York Theatre Royal later this month. Here, Horne and Allen talk about the 1960s masterpiece.

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Art Review: Kunichika: Japanese Prints, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Art Review: Kunichika: Japanese Prints, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral

Toyohara Kunichika was, by any standards, something of a character.

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Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

From its underground conception in the drag bars of 90s New York where its name spread by word of mouth from lips as unlikely to lock as those of early admirers Barry Manilow and David Bowie, to its ill-starred incarnation in a film that opened then faded in the debris of 9/11; from slow-burning reappreciation through a second life on DVD to providing an early plot point in Sex Education, the cult of Hedwig has swollen in proportion across the decades, gathering disciples devoted to its singular subject.

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Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Buxton Opera House

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Buxton Opera House

The sheer exhilaration, nerves and excitement of an opening night for both audience and cast is a great evening out, and last night’s production of Sweeney Todd by Platform 9 at the beautiful Buxton Opera House had me grinning more than the unnerving barber himself.

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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

In these tentative, post-lockdown times, many theatre venues tend to programme safe, obvious, well-known shows, those crowd-pleasers that will guarantee them an audience.

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Exhibitions: Martin Grimes’ Fault Lines and Paula Chambers’ Working Girls, The Whitaker, Rossendale

April 17, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibitions: Martin Grimes’ Fault Lines and Paula Chambers’ Working Girls, The Whitaker, Rossendale

As The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rossendale approaches its first birthday since reopening, it continues to share the best emerging and established contemporary artists in its visual arts programme.

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“He was a recklessly generous soul.” Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Tony Wilson and the 20-year anniversary of 24 Hour Party People

April 16, 2022 Comments Off on “He was a recklessly generous soul.” Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Tony Wilson and the 20-year anniversary of 24 Hour Party People

“This is Manchester, we do things differently here.”

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