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Pixie and the pudding by Suzi Corker (2019)

Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

December 21, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

It’s such a pleasure to watch highly skilled performers at work, whether it’s Ian McDiarmid in his one-man show The Lemon Table or Ashleigh Cheadle and Sam Dutton in this adaptation of a Scandinavian folktale at the Sheffield Crucible Studio.

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Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Imagine a town where the Christmas lights really matter.

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Theatre Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry, Salford

December 12, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry, Salford

It was a beautiful moment. As Aslan the lion slowly padded onto the stage in the second half of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the audience erupted into spontaneous applause.

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Renee Lamb, Eva-Marie Saffrey, Christina Modestou

Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

December 10, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

This could quite easily have been terrible.

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Adam Keast & Stephanie Hockley in Robin Hood Photo © Robert Day ESC_2649

Festive Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin, Everyman, Liverpool

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin, Everyman, Liverpool

How to encapsulate Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin in a sentence?

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Sam Womack, White Witch by Seamus Ryan

“We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on “We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

Versatility is the key to surviving as an actor. With a CV ranging from Guys and Dolls and the Kingsman films to EastEnders and even Eurovision, Samantha Womack has barely stopped working during the past 30 years with high-profile roles in TV, film and theatre.

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Polly Lister as Warrior Queen in the New Vic Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Andrew Billington.

Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

Eat your heart out Walt, director Theresa Heskins has made it real. Clever, funny, hilarious even, but never sentimental, the New Vic’s take on Beauty and the Beast is a joy from start to finish.

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The Lemon Table, Ian Mcdiarmid c. Marc Brenner

Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

November 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

Ian McDiarmid is magnificent in the two pieces which make up The Lemon Table, taken from Julian Barnes’s 2004 collection of short stories of the same name.

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Oldham Coliseum pantomime ‘Aladdin’. Darren Robinson Photography

Theatre Review: Aladdin, Oldham Coliseum

November 18, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Aladdin, Oldham Coliseum

As a veteran of some 30 pantos I never thought I’d say this, but how lovely it is to be back in panto land.

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Review: Road, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

October 19, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Road, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

Road was Farnworth-born, Jim Cartwright’s first play.

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