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Theatre Review – Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

September 28, 2022 No Comments

I intend no criticism of this hugely entertaining and enjoyable show by pointing out that it’s a highly romanticised version of the already-improbable true story of the Fisherman’s Friends, a group of seafaring neighbours and shanty-singers who (with one exception) grew up “within half a mile of Port Isaac harbour” in Cornwall.

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Theatre Review: The Book Thief, Bolton Octagon

September 27, 2022 No Comments

A play about the power of words has never been more relevant.

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Theatre Review: Things That Divide Us, 53two, Manchester

September 20, 2022 No Comments

Up betimes and to the new 53two venue for its opening in-house production, Things That Divide Us.

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Theatre Review: Identical, The Lowry, Salford

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Identical, The Lowry, Salford

It has taken five years to reach the stage but now a new musical based on the movie The Parent Trap has landed at The Lowry in Salford. The director, Sir Trevor Nunn, whose ambition it was to adapt the film, takes the helm but will he reach the heights of his previous productions including Cats, Les Misérables and Chess?

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Theatre Review: Lizard Boy, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

July 25, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Lizard Boy, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

As the Earth spins erratically, unsteady with the fever of war, and even the habitually parky streets of Manchester are sticky with the proof of the crisis in its climate, there’s something to be said for the certainties of musical theatre.

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Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

July 9, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

What is it about musicals?

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Theatre Review: CLASSIC!, Hope Mill, Manchester

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: CLASSIC!, Hope Mill, Manchester

‘All those writers all those pages

We’ve done it in a minute when it took them ages’

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Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, Bolton Octagon

June 7, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, Bolton Octagon

Choosing to produce One Man, Two Guvnors, a play by Richard Bean known as ‘the funniest show on the planet’, could have been an act of hubris.

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Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

May 31, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

Here’s the thing. On paper, Mischief’s The Play That Goes Wrong might not sound like much.

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Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

In these tentative, post-lockdown times, many theatre venues tend to programme safe, obvious, well-known shows, those crowd-pleasers that will guarantee them an audience.

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