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Articles relating to: Stephen Longstaffe

The Crucifixion, performed by the Butchers Gild; directed by Katie Smith. L to R: Jennie Wogan (Longinus), Tony Froud (Livia), Maurice Crichton (Crassus), Will Darwin (Brutus), Credit: Lewis Outing

Review: York Mystery Plays

September 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: York Mystery Plays

“Don’t you bother to blather no more!”

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Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

The German traveller Paul Henzner, visiting London just before Shakespeare’s Globe opened, counted ‘above thirty’ heads of traitors on spikes on gate at the south end of London Bridge.

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Chester Mystery Plays 2018, Mark Carline

Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

Most of the surviving mystery plays come from the North.

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Long Day's Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

May 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

It’s now a cliché that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Review: Mary Shelley – The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

May 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Mary Shelley – The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Her mother, the pioneer radical and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, died after giving birth to her and young Mary Godwin grew up having to pass the room she died in every day.

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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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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

Despite our hopes that 2017 would be a marked improvement on the turbulent 2016, this year came with more bumps, twists and turns than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But, as usual, it was an excellent year for bookworms and the good reads kept on coming. 

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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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