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Author: Fran Yeoman

Lucian Freud, The Painter's Mother 1982 © Tate

Review: Lucian Freud – Real Lives, Tate Liverpool

September 12, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Lucian Freud – Real Lives, Tate Liverpool

Is it possible, or desirable, to truly distinguish your appreciation of an artist’s talent from your misgivings about their private conduct?

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Adam Keast & Helen Carter in A Christmas Carol, Playhouse Liverpool 2020 Photo © Robert DayESC_1704 #

Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Liverpool Playhouse

December 11, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Liverpool Playhouse

There were ghosts in this play alright, many more than Dickens ever intended.

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Don McCullin Liverpool 8 1961 Tate Purchased 2012 © Don McCullin

Review: Don McCullin, Tate Liverpool

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Don McCullin, Tate Liverpool

Three defiant Scouse lads are the first people you meet on the way into this new iteration of Tate Britain’s Don McCullin 2019 retrospective. But it’s the faces from further away that will leave with you.

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Theatre Review: Our Lady of Blundellsands, Everyman, Liverpool

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Our Lady of Blundellsands, Everyman, Liverpool

This would have been a better play with just two people in it.

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Theatre Review: The Woman in Black, Liverpool Playhouse

January 29, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Woman in Black, Liverpool Playhouse

There are occasions in theatres – I find they also occur sporadically in art galleries and are virtually guaranteed at the opera – when one wonders whether the failing is mine.

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Miracle on 34th Street, at the Playhouse, Liverpool. Photograph: Robert Day

Festive Theatre Review: Miracle on 34th Street, Playhouse, Liverpool

December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Miracle on 34th Street, Playhouse, Liverpool

Miracle on 34th Street was always going to be a commercial banker for the Liverpool Playhouse.

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Theatre Review: Peter Pan, Liverpool Empire

December 11, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Peter Pan, Liverpool Empire

Playing a straight role in panto can be a thankless task, and the programme cover and posters for this year’s festive offering from the Liverpool Empire make it clear where the production’s priorities lie.

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Review: The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

December 3, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

If Christmas really is all about the children, then there can’t be any quibbles about this year’s iteration of The Lanterns at Chester Zoo.

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Theatre Review: The Nutcracker, Liverpool Empire

November 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Nutcracker, Liverpool Empire
Opposite Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, on the plaza in front of St George’s Hall, a Christmas market has installed itself for the festive season. Faux-chocolate box wooden chalets attempt an old-school Alpine vibe, which is competing valiantly for supremacy with an outsized, neon-lit Ferris wheel and an over-enthusiastic PA system with a penchant for Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. Inside the theatre, however, there is no doubting that Christmas Past has won the day over Christmas Present, at least for the next few days.
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Eilidh Loan (Mary Shelley) & Ben Castle-Gibb (Victor Frankenstein) in Frankenstein. Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 038 (Small)

Theatre Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Playhouse, Liverpool

November 13, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Playhouse, Liverpool

Playwright Rona Munro tells us in her forward to the programme for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that she has a “visceral aversion” to analyses of a writer’s work that use their biography “to interpret the stories they told”.

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