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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

August 11, 2018 No Comments

Caroline Clegg has done it before. Although she enjoys a career in opera and music, she returns to Manchester’s Heaton Park every year and mounts a summer show.

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From left, Richard Stacey, Jamie Baughan, Frances Marshall, Laurence Pears, Leigh Symonds, Liz Jadav, Naomi Petersen, ©Tony Bartholomew

Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 7, 2018 No Comments

It seems a strange thing to do, on a boiling hot summer’s evening, to come in out of the bright day and ensconce oneself in a dark theatre, along with hundreds of other people, to watch a play set outside in a garden.

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Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

August 7, 2018 No Comments

“Bye ‘eck,” said the man sitting next to me. “Ah’ve seen some stuff ‘ere, but that were fantastic!”

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Theatre Review: Those Two Weeks, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight

July 30, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Those Two Weeks, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight

For people in tragedy’s shadow, ‘normal’ life can seem like an irrecoverable paradise.

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Blackpool - What a Shit Place to Die, Phil Pearson

Theatre Review: Blackpool – What a Shit Place to Die, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Blackpool – What a Shit Place to Die, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

At only 50 minutes long with no interval, this play is a real emotional roller-coaster.

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Maria Gray Robin Simpson obscured and Clare Corbett as the three witches

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Rose Theatre, York

July 16, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Rose Theatre, York

Up betimes and to York with a cushion to catch the matinee of Macbeth by Will Shakespeare, performed in the new open-air Rose Theatre by Clifford’s Tower.

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Love From a Stranger By Agatha Christie @ Frank Vosper Royal and Dernagate 23.Feb/17.March 2018. Cast: Justin Avoth Helen Bradbury Sam Frenchum Alice Haig Molly Logan Crispin Redman Nicola Sanderson Gareth Williams Director : Lucy Bailey Credit : Sheila Burnett

Theatre Review: Love from a Stranger, The Lowry

July 12, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Love from a Stranger, The Lowry

A jilted ex-fiancé, an interfering hammy aunt, a considerable sum of money, a staid office girl and a charming American – the classic elements of any Agatha Christie storyline and all are featured in this murderous drama.

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Theatre Review: The Three Musketeers, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Three Musketeers, Williamson Park, Lancaster

I’m not going to beat about the bush, I am thoroughly biased.

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Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

The German traveller Paul Henzner, visiting London just before Shakespeare’s Globe opened, counted ‘above thirty’ heads of traitors on spikes on gate at the south end of London Bridge.

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Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

In my mind, there are two types of plays: the ones where you keep checking your watch and the ones where you leave the theatre and it’s suddenly dark.

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