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Author: Stephen Longstaffe

Review: Hard Times, The Dukes, Lancaster

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Hard Times, The Dukes, Lancaster

It’s hard to imagine a Dickens novel as a stage play.

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Lancaster is the best place ever because…

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on Lancaster is the best place ever because…

…I grew up in a suburb.

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Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

Simon Schama is the kind of historian I want to be when I grow up.

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Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

Before I went to Clown Fest I thought there were two kinds of clown: kiddy clowns and scary clowns.

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John(Mark Springer) and Winston(Edward Dede) share a joke in The Island which runs at The Dukes from April 28-May 6

Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

May 1, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

The origins of The Dukes’ latest two-hander production of The Island are legendary.

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Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

One look at Ciaran Bagnall’s marvellously monumental set and we’re back in the 1970s, a world of white surfaces, chrome, and chunky design.

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Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

February 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

The last time I saw Polly Lister on stage, she was on her way to winning a 2015 UK Theatre award for best performance in a play.

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Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

The title’s a teaser. Has departing Dukes director Joe Sumsion gone the full Rick Wakeman in his final production and decided that what an everyday story of Northern folk needs is a touch of Las Vegas, Frozen-style?

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Review: The Taming of the Shrew, Lancaster Castle

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Taming of the Shrew, Lancaster Castle

Cometh the summer, cometh the outdoor Shakespeare.

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Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

I never did read The Hobbit. Our village library had a copy but getting hold of it was about as easy as, well, stealing dragon’s treasure.

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