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Author: Chris Wallis

Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Imagine a town where the Christmas lights really matter.

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Polly Lister as Warrior Queen in the New Vic Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Andrew Billington.

Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

Eat your heart out Walt, director Theresa Heskins has made it real. Clever, funny, hilarious even, but never sentimental, the New Vic’s take on Beauty and the Beast is a joy from start to finish.

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The Lemon Table, Ian Mcdiarmid c. Marc Brenner

Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

November 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

Ian McDiarmid is magnificent in the two pieces which make up The Lemon Table, taken from Julian Barnes’s 2004 collection of short stories of the same name.

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Oldham Coliseum pantomime ‘Aladdin’. Darren Robinson Photography

Theatre Review: Aladdin, Oldham Coliseum

November 18, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Aladdin, Oldham Coliseum

As a veteran of some 30 pantos I never thought I’d say this, but how lovely it is to be back in panto land.

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Adela Rajnovic, Riana Duce & Matt Prendergast - imitating the dog & Leeds Playhouse - Dracula The Untold Story - Photo Ed Waring

Theatre Review: Dracula – The Untold Story, imitating the dog, Leeds Playhouse

October 14, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Dracula – The Untold Story, imitating the dog, Leeds Playhouse

“We have staged Dracula: The Untold Story as a live graphic novel,” says UK theatre company imitating the dog. And that is precisely what they have done.

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Letter to Boddah. Images courtesy of Ilkley Playhouse

Theatre Review: Letter to Boddah, Ilkley Playhouse

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Letter to Boddah, Ilkley Playhouse

This is a fine production of an extraordinary play.

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TWOTW Prod Image (2021 Cast - Julian Spooner, Jess Mabel Jones). Photographer_ Luke Forsythe

Theatre Review: The War of the Worlds, HOME, Manchester

September 28, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The War of the Worlds, HOME, Manchester

I know I used to be a radio drama producer, but surely everyone has heard of Orson Welles’ radio version of War of the Worlds?

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RET Glee & Me - Liv Hill (Lola) - Photo by Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Glee and Me, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 20, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Glee and Me, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Fans of The Take on YouTube will have seen the one about ‘The Sick Girl’ trope.

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Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

August 10, 2021 Comments Off on Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

The Jewish people have more history than most.

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Theatre Review: Grimm Tales, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster   

August 6, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Grimm Tales, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster   

The Dukes’ summer show in Lancaster’s Williamson Park is one of the highlights of my theatrical year.

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