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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘a thought-provoking interpretation’ by Catherine Jones

Though Robert Louis Stevenson’s slight but thematically rich story of the unleashing of the dark soul has been dramatised in numerous different

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Friday, August 30, 2019

How the Second World War transformed British theatre by Catherine Jones

After almost a century, marks left by the Second World War can still be seen across UK theatre. But it wasn’t just

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Masquerade review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘thoughtful coming-of-age tale’ by Catherine Jones

In the week Liverpool prepares for its annual Pride festival, Masquerade is a reminder that LGBT+ culture hasn’t always been celebrated quite

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Grand history: Frank Matcham’s Blackpool masterpiece celebrates 125 years by Catherine Jones

As Blackpool’s Grand Theatre marks its 125th birthday, Catherine Jones charts the history of this gem in Blackpool’s crown that has weathered

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lost Soul 2: Smigger’s Wrecked Head review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘crowd-pleasing sequel’ by Catherine Jones

Dave Kirby’s 2006 play Lost Soul was an unashamed celebration of the middle-aged. Over the course of a decade its Motown-loving 50-something

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Liverpool’s Boisterous Theatre founders: ‘First-timers tell us they didn’t know theatre could be like that’ by Catherine Jones

Boisterous Theatre Company is the brainchild of writer Maurice Bessman and director Miriam Mussa. They felt that, despite improvements, creatives from ethnic

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Chester Storyhouse’s Andrew Bentley and Alex Clifton: ‘The term ‘regional theatre’ is poisonous: every theatre’s a community theatre’ by Catherine Jones

Since it opened two years ago, Chester’s Storyhouse has forged a reputation as a local cultural hub. Its chief executive Andrew Bentley

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Brick Up 2: The Wrath of Ann Twacky review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘a dated comedy sequel’ by Catherine Jones

While the real world is in meltdown over Brexit, this revival of Scouse comedy Brick Up 2 is more concerned with the

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Big Up! review at Unity Theatre, Liverpool – ‘a captivating live theatre experience’ by Catherine Jones

Three years ago, Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High collaborated on the raw and refreshingly original Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective. Big Up! –

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Aladdin review at Forum Studio Theatre, Chester – ‘solid seasonal entertainment’ by Catherine Jones

Tip Top Productions’ Aladdin proves you don’t need a lavish budget or star names to stage a successful Christmas show. Promising “magic,

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Scouse Cinderella review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘a Christmas crowd-pleaser’ by Catherine Jones

There’s only one way to follow the greatest story ever told, and that’s with the world’s favourite fairytale. The Royal Court has

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Blackpool Opera House technical manager Duncan Jump: ‘We used to have lots of technicians – now one person controls everything’ by Catherine Jones

After four decades at Blackpool Opera House, its technical manager tells Catherine Jones why working at the Winter Gardens is a family

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Beyond Belief review at Unity Theatre, Liverpool – ‘food for thought’ by Catherine Jones

There was a time immortality was the preserve of the famous. The rest of us were memorialised in the minds of friends

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bouncers review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘vibrant and energetic’ by Catherine Jones

Four decades after John Godber’s Bouncers was first staged at the Fringe it remains one of the most popular and performed comedies

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chester Mystery Plays review at Chester Cathedral – ‘a colourful people’s pageant’ by Catherine Jones

In medieval times the Chester Mystery Plays were performed by the city’s various Guilds, from water drawers to wheelwrights and glaziers to

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Treasure Island review at Sudley House Gardens, Liverpool – ‘a rambunctious open-air reimagining’ by Catherine Jones

It’s shaping up to be a sun-blessed season for travelling troupes bringing live theatre to the nation’s parks and gardens. Mate Productions

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Playwright Robert Farquhar: ‘I’d love to crack London, I’m aware time is running out’ by Catherine Jones

Inspired by Monty Python and the Beatles, Liverpool-based Robert Farquhar pens off-the-wall, anarchic, funny plays, but always with a message. He tells

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Unity Theatre’s Gordon Millar: ‘I want us to be a force beyond these walls’ by Catherine Jones

He was an audience member in his student days, now he’s the man at the helm. Unity Theatre’s artistic director talks to

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Golda Rosheuvel: ‘I’m interested in the normality of playing a lesbian Othello’ by Catherine Jones

Male Shakespearean roles taken by actresses are often described as ‘gender neutral’, but Golda Rosheuvel’s Othello at Liverpool’s Everyman is very much

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Liver Birds Flying Home review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘less than the sum of its many parts’ by Catherine Jones

Back in the 70s, The Liver Birds was ground-breaking TV – a show where the lead characters were two young women who

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Council Depot Blues review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘musical magic’ by Catherine Jones

Dave Kirby took inspiration for Council Depot Blues from his time working as a young Liverpool ‘corpy’ house clearer in the 1980s.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Realising the dream: the birth of Liverpool’s Shakespeare North Playhouse by Catherine Jones

After two decades of planning and multiple redesigns, the building of Shakespeare North Playhouse is about to get underway. Key figures in

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Dead and Breathing review at Unity Theatre, Liverpool – ‘bittersweet comedy drama’ by Catherine Jones

In Dead and Breathing, playwright Chisa Hutchinson takes on a tricky but timely topic with the aid of an injection of deadly

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Her Benny review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘the return of a warm-hearted favourite’ by Catherine Jones

Reading Her Benny, Silas Hocking’s Dickensian tale of slum children fighting to better themselves in a cruel world, has been a rite

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Liverpool’s Royal Court 80 years on: How an outsider venue transformed itself into a people’s theatre by Catherine Jones

The art deco venue has been awarded national portfolio organisation status and has recently completed a major restoration, just in time to

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Selladoor founders on humble beginnings: ‘I would drive the van and Phil would get up the ladders’ by Catherine Jones

From humble beginnings, Phillip Rowntree and David Hutchinson’s company is now a global enterprise, with hit shows in China, New York and

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Scouse Nativity review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘an absolute cracker’ by Catherine Jones

What better theme for a Christmas show than the greatest ever told? And lo, the Nativity came to Liverpool. But this being

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Liverpool Everyman’s rep company: ‘We nearly keeled over last year. But we’ve plenty left in the tank’ by Catherine Jones

Still revelling in the success of the Everyman’s 2017 company season, the theatre’s artistic director and associate director talk to Catherine Jones

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kara Lily Hayworth: ‘I auditioned for Cilla as I’m about the right height – and I’m ginger’ by Catherine Jones

Kara Lily Hayworth was plucked from 2,000 hopefuls to star in a Cilla Black musical. She tells Catherine Jones about her first

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Friday, September 1, 2017

The Royal review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘a rip-roaring comedy’ by Catherine Jones

It’s not surprising that when Lindzi Germain was challenged to write her own show by producer Kevin Fearon – after berating him

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Monday, June 5, 2017

She’s Leaving Home review at Toxteth, Liverpool – ‘thought-provoking immersive theatre’ by Catherine Jones

The idea of home is a potent force. It’s true to say there’s no place like it. Most of us eventually fly

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