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Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 16, 2019 No Comments

Not that long ago, in 2006, when Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s outlandish and provocative satire of over-the-top tabloid chat shows, first toured this country, outraged citizens (who in all probability hadn’t actually seen the show but knew in their hearts that they should definitely be outraged) demonstrated long and hard outside any regional theatres who had the balls to mount the show – sorry, this sort of stuff does seem to be catching after all.

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Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

August 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

I’ve pondered before in these pages on the apparently insatiable appetite of musical theatre producers for hit films that can be transformed into stage hits.

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The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester. Image by Mark Carline

Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

It was always going to be interesting to discover how the world of The Borrowers, those helpful miniature beings, would be created.

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Theatre Review: Season’s Greetings, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 1, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Season’s Greetings, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Season’s Greetings first premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough back in 1980, and this year it’s back as part of the annual Alan Ayckbourn double-bill: two plays written and directed by Ayckbourn, who is the SJT’s director emeritus.

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Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There was no little irony in the fact that the press night opening for a play about the luddites should be delayed by a malfunctioning microphone.

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Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

First things first: the original two-series TV version of Early Doors was an utter gem.

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“If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

July 25, 2019 Comments Off on “If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

Here’s the thing. The blockbuster film Back To The Future was first released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean (ask your parents) invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.

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Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

July 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

Well, it’s over for another two years. No, not the Tory Party leadership contest, I mean the Manchester International Festival.

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“Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on “Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

The arts world could never be accused of being over-funded, so to set up a new venture is always a bold move.

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The Fountainhead. Manchester International Festival

Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

A four-hour, Dutch subtitled, dramatised version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand might seem as appealing as a dinner party invite from Tommy Robinson, but when it’s directed by one of the world’s most acclaimed directors it’s an opportunity to see a startling and resonant piece of theatre.

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