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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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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ghosts review at Home, Manchester – ‘bold and provocative’ by Roger Foss

The f-word was never part of Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic vocabulary. Not even in the murky truth-seeking world of Ghosts, in which he

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cinderella review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘charming and captivating’ by Roger Foss

Rats are usually cast as the repellent baddies at pantomime time. But the pack of rodents who inhabit Mike Kenny’s play for children are

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sleeping Beauty review at Oldham Coliseum – ‘fresh and gutsy’ by Roger Foss

Smaller-scale producers, please note: pantomime doesn’t have to be about recycling corny gags, old scenery, well-worn costumes and vaguely remembered television names.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Parallel review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘compelling and thought-provoking’ by Roger Foss

A random roll of the dice decides who plays what in the short and sharply observed Parallel, a mini-drama exploring the unsettling

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Breaking the Code review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘emotionally complex’ by Roger Foss

How things have changed since the 1986 premiere of Hugh Whitemore’s play based on the life of Alan Turing, pioneering mathematician, war-time

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Boi Boi is Dead , West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds by Roger Foss

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds: Developed after a year-long Channel 4 writer's residency at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Zodwa Nyoni's first full-length play opens the new season her…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Blasted , Crucible, Sheffield by Roger Foss

Crucible, Sheffield: The Crucible's artistic director Daniel Evans appeared as an actor in premiere productions of two of Sarah Kane's plays, which meant discovering their dramatic…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Educating Rita , Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool by Roger Foss

Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool: What's not to like about Willie Russell's Rita? She's only a Liverpudlian hairdresser but she's got a lust for living and a love of learning…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Absence of War , Crucible Theatre, Sheffield by Roger Foss

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: A general election looming; a Labour opposition leader struggling to articulate a convincing narrative; political wonks at campaign HQ desperate to make him elec…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Scuttlers , Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester by Roger Foss

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester: Watching Rona Munro's new drama about Manchester's Victorian street gangs never feels as if you are slumming it, although it's still an unc…

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Canoeing For Beginners , Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool by Roger Foss

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool: First conceived at Liverpool's Royal Court five years ago when Lucky Numbers, his lottery comedy, was playing here, Mike Yeaman's canoe caper has go…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Mist in the Mirror , Coliseum Theatre, Oldham by Roger Foss

Coliseum Theatre, Oldham: Following the colossal success of The Woman In Black and the recent mini-tour of The Small Hand, this is the third stage adaptation of one of Susan Hill's ghos…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Black , Playhouse Theatre Studio, Liverpool by Roger Foss

Playhouse Theatre Studio, Liverpool: Inspired by the real race-hate experience of a Zimbabwean family hounded out of a Merseyside estate, writer Keith Saha explores cultural territory that c…

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A View from the Bridge , Octagon Theatre, Bolton by Roger Foss

Octagon Theatre, Bolton: Celebrating the centenary year of Arthur Miller's birth without a David Thacker production is hardly worth the candle. The creative synergy of this writer-direc…

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , The Lowry, Salford by Roger Foss

The Lowry, Salford: By the end of this year, a top grade in A-level maths may well come in handy for calculating the ever-increasing audience statistics for Marianne Elliott's multi-awa…

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