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Author: Chris Wallis

Comptoir Libanais

Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

Comptoir Libanais is to Lebanese food what Pizza Express is to Pizza.

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The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

Theatre Review: The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

Any work with the title The Hired Man has got to be a socialist polemic based on the Marxist contradiction between Capital and Labour, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly.

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Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

“People in Oldham should not have to go to Manchester to experience theatre.” Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on “People in Oldham should not have to go to Manchester to experience theatre.” Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them,” wrote the Bard, and so it is with Chris Lawson who, with the sudden departure of Kevin Shaw, has been catapulted into the role of acting artistic director at Oldham Coliseum.

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Albatross and Arnold, Spinningfields

Food Review: Albatross & Arnold at The Range, Spinningfields, Manchester

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Albatross & Arnold at The Range, Spinningfields, Manchester

Curtis Stewart. Remember that name. This man can cook. And he’s currently doing his stuff in a first floor restaurant at an indoor golf club in Spinningfields.

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Theatre Review: Hobson’s Choice, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 12, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Hobson’s Choice, Royal Exchange, Manchester

What an absolute delight.

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Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bolton Octagon at Albert Halls

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bolton Octagon at Albert Halls

This is the most interesting production of The Importance of Being Earnest I have ever seen, and that includes David Suchet in drag as Lady Bracknell. 

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Caroline Harker and Eve Matheson in Handbagged. Photo Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

Well, that was odd. A comedy about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and it’s very funny. Who’d have thought it?

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Tom Hughes and Dean Brocklehurst, The Talleyrand

“We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Levenshulme is rising. To say it is gentrifying is perhaps too strong but it’s certainly becoming bohemian.

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The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

The Way I See It does exactly what it says on the tin.

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James Green Tea from the Manor and his high tech computer s

Tea from The Manor: Northern Soul talks tea, teabags and tea-tasting with James Green

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on Tea from The Manor: Northern Soul talks tea, teabags and tea-tasting with James Green

Dapper. Not a word I often use but, English being an exact language, it’s the only word to describe the proprietor of Tea from The Manor.

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