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Theatre Review: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Octagon Theatre, University Of Bolton Stadium

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

Much like Dorothy, Bolton Octagon has been cast adrift from its moorings, although in a manner less dramatic than cyclonic updraft.

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Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

I could quibble.

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Theatre Review: The Producers, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

Let’s not even get started on the unlikely ‘film to stage’ saga of The Producers.

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Ballet Review: The Nutcracker, Leeds Grand

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

The Nutcracker is one of the few titles with the ability to entice even those who’d typically run a mile at the mention of ‘two-hour ballet’.

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Review: First Time, Waterside, Sale

Dec 4, 2018 No Comments

In a world of fake news and carefully constructed narrative, the true story has enormous power.

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Theatre Review: The Snow Queen, Everyman, Liverpool 

Dec 3, 2018 No Comments

It takes a brave panto producer to take a much-loved fairytale – the very same one, no less, that CBeebies used for their own televised Christmas stage show last year – and mess about with it quite as much as the Everyman has for this year’s festive rock ‘n’ roll offering.

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Theatre Review: Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum

Dec 3, 2018 No Comments

The Oldham panto is a great tradition, stretching back to the days of Kenneth Alan Taylor and beyond.

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Cast of A Christmas Carol including Seb Smallwood (Tiny Tim) 2. Photography by Andrew Billington.

Theatre review: A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up Theatre, Leeds

Nov 27, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre review: A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up Theatre, Leeds

My first encounter with A Christmas Carol featured a load of Muppets, witnessed by my primary school self on the screen of the communal telly-on-wheels rolled out for the end-of-term film.

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Theatre Review: The Wind in the Willows, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Nov 27, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Wind in the Willows, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

It’s panto time again and the part of the year when theatres anticipate taking a third of their annual income in just six weeks.

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Theatre Review: The Maids, HOME, Manchester

Nov 23, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Maids, HOME, Manchester

Anyone buying tickets for The Maids on the basis of the advance publicity is in for a shock.

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