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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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Review: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Palace Theatre, Manchester

October 18, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Palace Theatre, Manchester

It takes a particular kind of grace to be captivating while performing the role of a spiteful drunk.

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Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic, Manchester Arena

Review: Disney on Ice – 100 Years of Magic, Manchester Arena

October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Disney on Ice – 100 Years of Magic, Manchester Arena

When after 15 minutes a six-year-old Snow White in the adjacent seat politely enquires as to whether she can have a sandwich, you know that the current iteration of Disney on Ice is not quite as captivating as it might be.

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Theatre Review: Tabby McTat, Everyman, Liverpool

October 11, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Tabby McTat, Everyman, Liverpool

Stage adaptations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s books are so ubiquitous these days that they should probably be categorised as their own sub-genre of theatre.

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Theatre Review: Little Miss Sunshine, Playhouse, Liverpool

September 26, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Little Miss Sunshine, Playhouse, Liverpool

Full disclosure: I have not in fact seen the Oscar-winning film on which Little Miss Sunshine the musical is based.

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Outside the Flamingo Lounge, Just So 2019, credit Samuel Mills

Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

August 21, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

The average Just So parent, judging by appearances, is of approximately the correct vintage for Glastonbury 1997 to be a resonant pop culture reference.

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