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Monday, March 16, 2020

Absurd Person Singular review at Oldham Coliseum Theatre – ‘confidently performed revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s play’ by Natalie Douglas

Despite Absurd Person Singular being set across three successive Christmases, it takes until the final act of London Classic Theatre’s production for

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds review at Oldham Coliseum – ‘timely and nuanced revival’ by Natalie Douglas

In a week that has seen the conviction of Harvey Weinstein, James Fritz’s thought-provoking 2014 play about consent, power and the internet’s

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Shirley Valentine review at Library Theatre, Bolton – ‘an engagingly intimate staging’ by Natalie Douglas

With the permission of playwright Willy Russell, Mina Anwar has tweaked the script of his 1986 play Shirley Valentine to re-set the

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cuttin’ It review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a resonant revival’ by Natalie Douglas

There’s nothing Muna (Asha Hassan) likes more than chatting with her friends or sitting in front of Judge Rinder with a packet

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Sleeping Beauty review at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘a sharp-witted pantomime’ by Natalie Douglas

There are several references to familiar children’s characters in Joyce Branagh’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Hayley Russell’s Belladonna Bile channels Maleficent with

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Treasure Island review at University of Bolton Stadium – ‘a lively production’ by Natalie Douglas

For the staging of Kate Ferguson and Susannah Pearse’s musical adaptation of Treasure Island, the Octagon has moved from the cosy intimacy

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Monday, November 25, 2019

The Prince and the Pauper review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a feast for the senses’ by Natalie Douglas

Like many traditional children’s tales, Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper has dark undertones and serious messages. In adapting the story

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hello and Goodbye review at York Theatre Royal – ‘psychologically astute performances’ by Natalie Douglas

A huge, ugly fissure runs across the back of the set. It’s an early indication that the family who live at 57A

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Seagulls review at Library Theatre, Bolton – ‘lacking in believable dialogue and emotional depth’ by Natalie Douglas

Loosely based on Chekhov’s The Seagull, Beth Hyland’s new musical tells the story of an aspiring band, Seagulls, and their quest for

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The D Road review at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent – ‘witty and well-performed’ by Natalie Douglas

For a production ostensibly about a major thoroughfare, The D Road is actually about stasis, and the bonds that bind us to

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Beryl review at Library Theatre, Bolton Museum – ‘warm, energetic revival of Maxine Peake’s play’ by Natalie Douglas

“I will make my mark”, vows determined British cyclist Beryl Burton (Vicky Binns), desperate to prove her doctors and teachers wrong when

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Handbagged review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a polished revival’ by Natalie Douglas

Fiona Buffini’s revival of her sister Moira’s play about the relationship between the Queen and “that bloody woman” Margaret Thatcher occasionally suffers

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Hamlet review at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York – ‘a production of clarity’ by Natalie Douglas

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is back in York for the summer, with the central Clifford’s Tower site playing host to this pop-up venue

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘exhilarating’ by Natalie Douglas

David Greig’s 2011 play tells the story of a straight-laced academic whose conference trip to Kelso veers disturbingly into the unknown. Anna

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Exonerated review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘bold yet distancing’ by Natalie Douglas

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s 2002 play The Exonerated recounts the experiences of six death row prisoners found to have been wrongfully

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Albert Halls, Bolton – ‘strong comic performances’ by Natalie Douglas

Most of the characters in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are concerned with appearances. Algernon Moncrieff keeps track of current

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Brassed Off review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘impressive musical performances’ by Natalie Douglas

Although ostensibly about a colliery band aiming to reach the national brass band championships, Brassed Off is a deeply political piece about

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Yellow Is the Colour of Sunshine review at Astley Cheetham Art Gallery – ‘gentle show about friendship’ by Natalie Douglas

Fittingly for a play about the importance of effective communication, Yellow Is the Colour of Sunshine seamlessly fuses music, movement, sign language

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Intemperance review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘impressively performed and sensitively directed revival’ by Natalie Douglas

Lizzie Nunnery’s 2007 play Intemperance is set within the Irish community in 1854 Liverpool. A single dour room houses five members of

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Lady Vanishes review at Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent – ‘stylish and atmospheric’ by Natalie Douglas

Though this new touring production from Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre company is unapologetically old-fashioned, it’s also stylishly staged and winningly performed.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The 39 Steps review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘delightfully zany’ by Natalie Douglas

In Patrick Barlow’s Olivier-winning 2005 reworking of the classic John Buchan spy caper, pretty much everything – even death – is a

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Rags review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘charming revival of an uninspiring musical’ by Natalie Douglas

Rags first appeared on Broadway in 1986 but closed after only four performances. The writers have since had other musical successes (notably

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Skull in Connemara review at Oldham Coliseum Theatre – ‘an accomplished revival’ by Natalie Douglas

Martin McDonagh has enjoyed cinematic success of late, most notably with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but the dark humour of his

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Mydidae review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘captivating performances’ by Natalie Douglas

David and Marian’s bathroom is spacious and sumptuous. His and hers sinks and a roll-top bath hint at the couple’s outward prosperity.

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Much Ado About Nothing review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a delicious battle of wits’ by Natalie Douglas

In Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Benedick are at “merry war”. Director Conrad Nelson takes the concept of wartime amusement and

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Sparkplug review at Home, Manchester – ‘moving autobiographical monologue’ by Natalie Douglas

Dave has passed on a love of Rod Stewart to son David, but they don’t share a genetic link or even the

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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review at Albert Halls, Bolton – ‘flashes of brilliance but inconsistent’ by Natalie Douglas

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is on the move again, with the town’s Albert Halls playing host to The Rise and Fall of Little

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Club Mex review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘funny, innovative and well-cast musical’ by Natalie Douglas

For Club Mex, a new musical penned by comic Tamar Broadbent, Manchester’s ever-versatile Hope Mill warehouse space is transformed into a Mexican

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Crewe Lyceum Theatre – ‘chaotic and unconvincing’ by Natalie Douglas

With Cannon and Ball, silly deviation is very much their schtick.  It’s just a shame that their talents are not harnessed to

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘clever script and skilfully woven local references’ by Natalie Douglas

The vibrantly-lit magic carpet taking flight above the stalls is a stand-out moment in Lawrence Batley Theatre’s production of Aladdin. A triumph

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Cinderella review at Oldham Coliseum – ‘cross-generational appeal’ by Natalie Douglas

The opening of Oldham Coliseum’s Cinderella signals the start of pantomime season. To begin with Cinderella (Shorelle Hepkin) seems to be stepping

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