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Author: Chris Wallis

Review: Canto, Manchester

October 9, 2018 No Comments

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” says Hamlet. The older I get the more I think, “Hamlet, how right you were.”

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Theatre Review: Mother Courage and Her Children, Albion Electric Warehouse

October 3, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Mother Courage and Her Children, Albion Electric Warehouse

Red Ladder’s production of Mother Courage is like an amazing curry: it’s very good at the time but even better the day after.

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Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

September 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received the Nobel prize for economics for showing that people did not necessarily make rational decisions.

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Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

What have Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary queen of burlesque, the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten got in common?

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Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel

Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Afternoon tea is the new lunch, at least it is at The Lowry Hotel. In what could be a Brexit-inspired assertion of National Standards, they’ve abolished that continental invention, the two-hour lunch – except on Sundays, of course – and brought back Afternoon Tea.

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Theatre Review: Gulliver’s Travels, Queen’s Park, Bolton

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Gulliver’s Travels, Queen’s Park, Bolton

Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels to ‘vex the populace’. Elizabeth Newman put it on to please them. Elizabeth Newman won.

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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

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

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

“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: 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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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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