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Author: Fran Yeoman

Othello, Patrick Brennan, Paul Duckworth, Cerith Flinn & Golda Rosheuvel -Photograph by Jonathan Keenan

Review: Othello, Liverpool Everyman

May 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Othello, Liverpool Everyman

It is the fate of Golda Rosheuvel that her gender will be the first thing that many people comment upon when critiquing her performance as Othello.

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Review: A Clockwork Orange, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

April 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: A Clockwork Orange, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

There are two stars of this Everyman production of Anthony Burgess’s cult novel, A Clockwork Orange.

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Theatre Review: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Liverpool Playhouse 

April 18, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Liverpool Playhouse 

Ok that’s it. From now on, all children’s theatre productions need to feature giant humanoid chickens with a steampunk aesthetic and fabulous comic timing.

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Review: Paint Your Wagon, Everyman, Liverpool

March 8, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Paint Your Wagon, Everyman, Liverpool

I can see the temptation. Fiddler on the Roof was a rousing fanfare to herald the arrival of last year’s Everyman Compann, the comeback after a long absence of a distinguished theatrical institution welcomed with song, dance and critical acclaim.

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Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

February 24, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

Three star reviews can be a cop out. I worked for one editor who unofficially banned them. They can mean fence-sitting; not-committing; bet-hedging.

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Review: A Passage to India, Liverpool Playhouse

February 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: A Passage to India, Liverpool Playhouse

To whom do we owe our loyalty?

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Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

Clever intros aren’t really necessary here: Birmingham Rep’s production of The Snowman is a near-perfect festive family show.

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Review: Hedda Gabler The Lowry, Salford

Review: Hedda Gabler, The Lowry, Salford

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hedda Gabler, The Lowry, Salford

Patrick Marber’s re-working of Hedda Gabler attracted rave reviews during its sold-out run at the National Theatre, but many of them centred around the performance of that version’s leading lady, Ruth Wilson.

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Review: Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure, Manchester Arena

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure, Manchester Arena

When a two-year-old has to be hauled out of a venue screaming “I want it again”, you would generally chalk that one up as a hit.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Lowry, Salford

July 28, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Lowry, Salford

It was as the on-stage doorbell rang for the fourth time that my two-year-old daughter, atop my knee in the semi-dark of The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre, turned to me with a mixture of optimism and desperation to query: “The tiger come now?”

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