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Theatre Review: Alone in Berlin, York Theatre Royal

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Alone in Berlin, York Theatre Royal

More and more these days I am reminded of the prescience of W.B. Yeats’s poem The Second Coming, and particularly the line ‘The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’

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Theatre Review: Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Oldham Coliseum

February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Oldham Coliseum

The iPhone has a lot to answer for.

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Theatre Review: A Little Space, HOME

February 18, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Little Space, HOME

This extraordinary piece of almost-dance is the result of a collaboration between two companies, Gecko and Mind the Gap.

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Holocaust Brunch, Manchester Central Library

Theatre Review: Holocaust Brunch, Manchester Central Library

February 13, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Holocaust Brunch, Manchester Central Library

When I was boy in the 1960s (when people had to read real books), the racks of paperbacks outside newsagents often held two best-selling titles by Lord Russell of Liverpool – The Scourge of the Swastika: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes and The Knights of the Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes.

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Theatre Review: The Secret of Christmas Eve, Oldham Library Theatre

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Secret of Christmas Eve, Oldham Library Theatre

This is another Christmas gem from the people who made the best Peter Pan I have ever seen.

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Theatre Review: Treasure Island, Bolton Octagon at the University of Bolton Stadium

December 12, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Treasure Island, Bolton Octagon at the University of Bolton Stadium

Arrh Jim lad, this is Treasure Island, but not as we know it. No timbers will be shivered, no one will be sent to Davy Jones’s Locker, but a good time will be had by all.

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Theatre Review: Cinderella, The Dukes, Lancaster

December 3, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Cinderella, The Dukes, Lancaster

Once upon a time there was a very good theatre director called Sarah Punshon who got a job as artistic director at the Dukes Playhouse in Lancaster where she did some excellent work including a wonderful summer show in Williamson Park loosely based on The Three Musketeers and a Peter Pan for Christmas that was the best thing I saw last year.

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Theatre Review: The Wizard of Oz, Leeds Playhouse

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Wizard of Oz, Leeds Playhouse

“That’s great entertainment,” said the father of arguably the Best Baddie in Britain as we chatted after the show.

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Food Review: The Bull and Bear, Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester

November 23, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: The Bull and Bear, Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester

Tom Kerridge’s new restaurant at the Stock Exchange Hotel, The Bull and Bear (geddit??) is a step change in Manchester food.

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Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum

November 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum

Director Chris Lawson’s first panto at Oldham Coliseum is a belter. And it has the best pantomime cow I have ever seen, in any pantomime, anywhere.

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