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Caroline Harker and Eve Matheson in Handbagged. Photo Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

May 21, 2019 No Comments

Well, that was odd. A comedy about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and it’s very funny. Who’d have thought it?

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Tom Hughes and Dean Brocklehurst, The Talleyrand

“We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

May 17, 2019 No Comments

Levenshulme is rising. To say it is gentrifying is perhaps too strong but it’s certainly becoming bohemian.

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The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

The Way I See It does exactly what it says on the tin.

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Sweeney Todd at the Everyman - Liam Tobin and Kacey Ainsworth. Photo by Marc Brenner

Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

April 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

“I’m alive at last,” Sweeney Todd declares towards the end of act one, as he abandons his plan for targeted revenge against the judge who wronged him in favour of a throat-slitting class war against the generality of “those above”.

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Around the World in 80 Days, at the Playhouse Wed 17 Apr to Sat 20 Apr2

Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

April 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

It is only six months since Laura Eason’s re-telling of Phileas Fogg’s circumnavigation last docked in Liverpool, and its rapid return is testament to both the bums-on-seats appeal of Jules Verne’s classic and the wit of this production, which began life at Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre back in 2013.

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Blackpool Grand, Copyright © SeanConboy.com

125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on 125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

Set back from the Golden Mile, whose sand-blasted buildings break the winds that sweep in from the Irish Sea with the fury of banshees, the Grand Theatre has weathered much in its 125 years.

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Kingdom 10 - photo by Vicenç Viaplana

Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

Barcelona-based theatre company Señor Serrano, contributing to the theatre element of this year’s year’s ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 at Manchester’s HOME, create what they call “cinema-in-real-time”, in this case using a live-feed camera, keyboard, guitar, microphones, drum kit, amplification and a huge number of smaller props carefully arranged across three large tables, as well as a willingness to show off their manly bodies.

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RET WestSideStory. Gabriela Garcia (Maria) & Andy Coxon (Tony) - image Richard Davenport of The Other Richard

Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

West Side Story, conceived and nursed through a troubled birth in the 1950s by the powerhouse team of Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Leonard Bernstein with a bit of help from a youthful Stephen Sondheim, changed the face of musical theatre.

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JB Shorts Reloaded

Review: JB Shorts Reloaded, 53two, Manchester

March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: JB Shorts Reloaded, 53two, Manchester

I remember being invited to the first JB Shorts a decade ago and having little idea what to expect from a notion that had begun as a conversation over a few drinks between two writers, let alone imagining that it would blossom into one of the highlights of Manchester’s theatrical landscape.

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Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool, Sam Taylor

Theatre Review: Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool

March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool

If a British-Polish lesbian romance mixed with Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League and Brexit sounds like an unlikely recipe for a coherent piece of musical theatre, that’s because it is.

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