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The Fall of the Master Builder (Photography by Manuel Harlan)

Review: (the fall of) The Master Builder, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: (the fall of) The Master Builder, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, published in 1892, begins with the arrival of a young woman, Hilde Wangel, in Halvard Solness’s office.

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Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

What I miss about no longer being on Facebook is Jackie Hagan.

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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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The cast of The Ruck - Photo by Andrew Billington -ABP10730

Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

“Just wait and I’ll get the others, they’re all here,” says Lily Clark, forward for the Batley Bulldogs Girls Rugby League team as I chat to her outside the Lawrence Batley Theatre before the premiere of The Ruck.

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Review: Fatherland, Royal Exchange, Manchester International Festival

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Fatherland, Royal Exchange, Manchester International Festival

In school, I was taught that the most convincing arguments address their own pitfalls before someone else raises them.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

For the final show of the five productions in its revival season, the Liverpool Everyman Company has played it safe with Romeo and Juliet. Except that it hasn’t, quite,

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Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

At a time when the sort of ‘classic’ film that’s adapted into a stage show is more likely than not to be some 70s or 80s confection with feelgood singalong potential, it’s cheering that La Strada, based on a genuine classic of world cinema, even exists.

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Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

As someone from Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m no stranger to Shakespeare. Walking through the quaint town centre, you can’t shake a feathered quill without bumping into a street performer bellowing lines from King Lear.

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Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

April 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

I arrive at the theatre something of a Brontë virgin, having never read any of the sisters’ books (I know, you’re appalled, but I’m a child of the 60s and I did science at school and university – blame The Two Cultures).

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