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The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

I’ve long suspected that a significant proportion of actors have a secret masochistic streak in them.

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Cirque Berserk

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Cirque Berserk

Ah, the circus. The big top, the floor strewn with straw, the hard, wobbly benches, the clowns and trapeze artist, the strong man, the lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

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Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

If you had to name a composition by Benjamin Britten, I’m betting that The Prince of the Pagodas wouldn’t be your first choice.

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One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

An adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, One Hand Clapping is the story of Janet and Howard Shirley’s marriage in the increasingly consumerist Britain of the 1960s.

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Sir Nicholas Hytner talks to Northern Soul

January 11, 2014 Comments Off on Sir Nicholas Hytner talks to Northern Soul

“I’m going to continue,” Sir Nicholas Hytner declares, with some modesty. As yet there are no concrete plans, but it’s a relief to hear that he “will make theatre for a new company that will…find new ways of making commercial theatre”.

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Wanted! Robin Hood

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Wanted! Robin Hood

If you’re putting on a big, family-friendly theatre production at this time of year, essentially you’re faced with two options.

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War Horse

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on War Horse

There are lots of things in life that don’t live up to the hype: Crunchie ice cream bars, Lost in Translation (so self-indulgent I fought the desire to gouge out my own eyes), Michael Owen, the time U2 did disco. I could go on.

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake has been referred to as a ‘modern classic’. I can’t claim to be qualified to make such a bold statement but I can say that the production, touring throughout the UK and internationally (it’s at The Lowry this week), was stunning.

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Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

On a bleak and blustery autumnal evening, I set out from my home port of the Cornerhouse bar to venture westward to Salford to see the imagined Suffolk fishing village of Aldeburgh and the tragic tale of fisherman Peter Grimes.

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Fiddler on the Roof

October 30, 2013 Comments Off on Fiddler on the Roof

There’s something a bit special about this new national tour of Fiddler on the Roof: the role of Tevye, the poor milkman and protagonist of the story, is taken by Paul Michael Glaser, he of Starsky & Hutch fame and also part of the original film adaptation.

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