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Friday, April 28, 2017

How My Light Is Spent review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘oddball optimism’ by Roger Foss

The growth of social media might suggest we are all closely connected, but the premier of Alan Harris’ play explores social disengagement

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘joyous and charming’ by Roger Foss

The rain it raineth very hard during the shipwreck opening of Jo Davies’ joyous Royal Exchange production. But there’s nothing wet about

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Moth review at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘blazing acting’ by Roger Foss

The twisted realism of Melbourne playwright Declan Greene’s two-hander makes for unsettling viewing. Moth is partly a schoolboy’s fantasy about a robot saving

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Spring and Port Wine review at Coliseum Theatre, Oldham – ‘a terrific revival’ by Roger Foss

“It shouldn’t be a battle, dad, bringing up a family.” This is one of many barbed home truths aimed at Rafe Compton

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simply Murder review at Theatre Royal Wakefield – ‘a cleverly constructed thriller’ by Roger Foss

Rat poison in the wine? Blood on the rug? Bodies in the cesspit? Nazi assassins on the loose? Psychopath husband bumps off pregnant

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lifted by Beauty: Adventures in Dreaming review at Rhyl town centre – ‘inspired’ by Roger Foss

This National Theatre Wales collaboration with the residents of Rhyl begins with a guided stroll through the town centre taking in short

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Best Foot Forward review at Youth Hostel Association, York – ‘footloose and jolly’ by Roger Foss

Mikron Theatre embarks on its 46th annual tour with a show that takes a scenic hike through the history of the Youth

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gaudete review at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘weirdly disturbing’ by Roger Foss

This is hardly an English idyll. With a parish priest abducted by elemental spirits and replaced with a replica, the local WI

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Casanova review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘nothing short of mesmerising’ by Roger Foss

Was Giacomo Casanova just an 18th-century sex addict, or a man of many colours? He was a trainee cleric, gambler, writer, violinist,

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grease review at Palace Theatre, Manchester – ‘quaintly old-fashioned’ by Roger Foss

When it premiered off-Broadway in 1972 Grease already reeked of nostalgia for the teen culture of 1950s America, when greased-up hair and

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Romeo and Juliet review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘thrilling and intense’ by Roger Foss

Hot-headed youth doesn’t only take a bow at the start of Amy Leach’s thrilling production when rival teen tribes break out in

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Meat Pie, Sausage Roll review at Coliseum Theatre, Oldham – ‘team spirit’ by Roger Foss

Lyrics don’t come much snappier than in classic football anthems. Even Tim Rice might struggle to coin as catchy a phrase as

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Nell Gwynn starring Laura Pitt-Pulford – review at the Lowry, Salford – ‘good-humoured’ by Roger Foss

Aphra Behn, one of the first professional female playwrights, once described Nell Gwynn as “made on purpose to put the whole world

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ashes review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘sensitive direction’ by Roger Foss

Apart from the non-stop talk of sperm counts and ovary tests, or watching graphic genital examinations and practical demonstrations of the sexiest

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Murder, Margaret and Me review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘well-crafted’ by Roger Foss

Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford would surely spin in their graves if they knew the secret sorrows of Britain’s “queen of crime”

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Steve Delaney: ‘I stopped trying to act and just focused on Count Arthur Strong’ by Roger Foss

When Count Arthur Strong first toddled on stage to give his portrayal of Cinderella’s dad in the London Palladium pantomime last Christmas,

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Skylight review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold – ‘quietly enthralling’ by Roger Foss

Apart from passing references to Yellow Pages and the Thatcherite poll tax, David Hare’s emotionally affecting 1995 play, Skylight, hasn’t dated one

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Frankenstein Revelations review at York Medical Society, York – ‘intense and enthralling’ by Roger Foss

Over recent years Theatre Mill’s Rebecca Stafford has shown an uncanny knack for matching plays with York’s heritage buildings: more recently York

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pygmalion review at West Yorkshire Playhouse – ‘a radical revival’ by Roger Foss

This is Pygmalion – the director’s cut. Sam Pritchard hasn’t revisited Shaw’s didactic social comedy, he’s reinvented it, although it’s debatable whether

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Empty Nesters’ Club review at Theatre Royal, Wakefield – ‘riveting acting’ by Roger Foss

For all its smooth sitcom gloss, John Godber’s latest play will make uncomfortable viewing for any over-protective parent whose offspring heads for

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Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai review at Sheffield Arena – ‘impressive feats’ by Roger Foss

Its lofty claim is to be “an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered.” But the first UK arena tour of one of

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Narvik review at Home, Manchester – ‘a spellbinding tale of love and loss’ by Roger Foss

When 90-year-old Liverpudlian ex-sailor Jim Callaghan slips on some concrete in his basement, a crack on the head releases dark recollections of a

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Educating Rita review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘flawlessly acted’ by Roger Foss

Willy Russell’s ever-popular play Educating Rita has been revived so frequently over the years that one begins to wonder if late-learner Rita

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Chef Show review at Dukes, Lancaster – ‘cooking and comedy’ by Roger Foss

You’ve heard of fusion cuisine? Well, for its first production Ragged Edge has created fusion theatre, partly inspired by a Bangladeshi saying

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Peter Pan review at Victoria Theatre, Halifax – ‘a happy blend’ by Roger Foss

If you’ve scripted Mr Tumble’s live arena shows you must know what makes today’s very young audiences tick. Which is probably why

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Aladdin review at Manchester Opera House – ‘big laughs’ by Roger Foss

Apart from big sets, big production numbers and the dame’s big bottom, there’s one other thing that always sticks out in these

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cinderella at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘fresh and fun’ by Roger Foss

Yes Cinderella, you shall go to the ball. Naturally, you’ll scarper when midnight strikes. Of course, those stepsisters will be abusive. And

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cinderella review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘skilfully woven’ by Roger Foss

It’s Berwick Kaler’s 38th consecutive year as York Theatre Royal’s fella-in-a-frock, an annual institution recognised in 2003 when he was made honorary

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pinocchio review at the Dukes, Lancaster – ‘playful and enchanting’ by Roger Foss

To be, or not to be good. That’s the question facing Pinocchio when he finds it’s harder being a boy than a

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Aladdin – The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto review at Theatr Clwyd – ‘a riotous extravaganza’ by Roger Foss

Theatr Clwyd has a tradition of rocking the panto boat and this new version of Peter Rowe’s script, last seen here 10 years ago,

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Sleeping Beauty review at Theatre Royal, Wakefield – ‘spirited production’ by Roger Foss

Princess Aurora might be cursed to fall asleep for a century, but there’s no chance of anyone else nodding off during this

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