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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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