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Author: Fran Yeoman

Theatre Review: Chekhov’s First Play, Liverpool Playhouse

May 9, 2019 No Comments

There are productions for which the business of rating by stars can feel reductive. This is one of them.

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Food Review: Stanley’s Bar and Grill, The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Stanley’s Bar and Grill, The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Foolhardy, perhaps, for an establishment called Titanic to describe anything as a launch.

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Sweeney Todd at the Everyman - Liam Tobin and Kacey Ainsworth. Photo by Marc Brenner

Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

April 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

“I’m alive at last,” Sweeney Todd declares towards the end of act one, as he abandons his plan for targeted revenge against the judge who wronged him in favour of a throat-slitting class war against the generality of “those above”.

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Around the World in 80 Days, at the Playhouse Wed 17 Apr to Sat 20 Apr2

Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

April 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

It is only six months since Laura Eason’s re-telling of Phileas Fogg’s circumnavigation last docked in Liverpool, and its rapid return is testament to both the bums-on-seats appeal of Jules Verne’s classic and the wit of this production, which began life at Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre back in 2013.

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Review: Mark Thomas – Check Up: The NHS at 70, The Playhouse, Liverpool

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Mark Thomas – Check Up: The NHS at 70, The Playhouse, Liverpool

I was worried about this one.

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“Good story, good rhymes, bit scary, great pictures.” Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler talk to Northern Soul

March 27, 2019 Comments Off on “Good story, good rhymes, bit scary, great pictures.” Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler talk to Northern Soul

Axel Scheffler, one might argue, is getting desperate.

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Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool, Sam Taylor

Theatre Review: Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool

March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool

If a British-Polish lesbian romance mixed with Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League and Brexit sounds like an unlikely recipe for a coherent piece of musical theatre, that’s because it is.

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Review: The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

There are many things to be spied at Chester Zoo. Some are majestic – a lioness roaring, or a male orangutan lumbering around his enclosure – and others are merely predictable.

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Theatre Review: Big Up! Unity Theatre, Liverpool

February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Big Up! Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Five stars for a performance that was funnier, more engaging and more inventive than virtually any theatre production aimed at young children I’ve ever seen?

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Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Playhouse, Liverpool

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Playhouse, Liverpool

If Vic and Bob wrote a panto and had it produced by the League of Gentleman and performed by the cast of Big Train, it would probably look a bit like Spymonkey’s Christmas Carol.

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