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Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

Deadline: December 31

For an unpublished novel; online submission only

http://historicalnovelsociety.org/

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December 9-January 13

Baskerville

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig

Liverpool Playhouse

Reviewed for North West End
www.northwestend.co.uk

3*

Off to a cracking start, with a huge clap of thunder, opening onto a desolate stage and five mysterious figures. In many ways, tonight’s special effects

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Photograph: Brian Roberts

December 1 – January 6

Jungle Book

Unity Theatre: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Reviewed for North West End;

shorter version appears on their website: www.northwestend.co.uk

4 *

Have the Unity gone and done it again again – or have they over-done it this time: bitten off

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Northern Broadsides Sept 2017For Love Or Money by Lesage TurcaretAdapted by Blake Morrison  Directed by Barrie RutterDesigned by Jessica Worrall   Lighting by Tim SkellyBarrie Rutter/ Fuller  Matt Booth/Ruddle  Sarah Parks/TeresaJim English/Martin  Jordan Metcalfe/Jack  Jacky Naylor/MarleneJos Vantyler/Arthur Sarah-Jane Potts/Rose Kat Rose-Martin/Lisa©NOBBY CLARK+44(0)7941-515770+44(0)20-7274-2105nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

Northern Broadsides Sept 2017For Love Or Money by Lesage TurcaretAdapted by Blake Morrison Directed by Barrie RutterDesigned by Jessica Worrall Lighting by Tim SkellyBarrie Rutter/ Fuller Matt Booth/Ruddle Sarah Parks/TeresaJim English/Martin Jordan Metcalfe/Jack Jacky Naylor/MarleneJos Vantyler/Arthur Sarah-Jane Potts/Rose Kat Rose-Martin/Lisa©NOBBY CLARK+44(0)7941-515770+44(0)20-7274-2105nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

November 21-25

Touring until December 2

For Love Or Money

Liverpool Playhouse
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

3*

Couple of things kind of give away the French origins of this play (Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage, probably better known for his novel, Gil Blas). It is extremely farcical; there may not be that many doors but by gum, there’s a lot of double takes, and with Mr Fuller, the bank manager’s case, classic

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Songs for the End of the World

November 1

Everyman

https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

3*

Yes, that title certainly does what it says on the can but as for Philip K Dick colliding/colluding with Ziggy Stardust – not so much. K, as in Kindred, incidentally, which is news to me, but the band are clearly kindred spirits, as you will see. Or rather, hear.

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October 31 – November 4

Spamalot

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

Touring – forever, probably

3*

Ok, never a huge fan of Monty Python (except for the sublime ‘Spanish Inquisition’ sketch – bet you weren’t expecting that…), and to be honest, for some strange reason, thought I was going to see Life of Brian. Goodness knows why since this show has been doing the rounds for some time now.

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Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

All or Nothing

September 27-30

Touring until November 11

4*

I’ve actually been to Itchycoo Park – and remember it because that was in the 70s, not the 60s.

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Storeyhouse, Chester

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Footloose

September 5-9

4*

Another first – not just the musical but the newly opened 800 seater auditorium, so maybe a bit churlish to mention

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Alice in Wonderland

Until August 17

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

3*

Everybody loves Alice and enjoys her adventures and here we are, graced with a most inventive adaptation, which turns out to be an exuberant flight of fancy. That, plus all the wordplay, create an remarkable tribute to Lewis Carroll. However, it did seem like a play of two halves, and if the second one was meant to be based on Through The Looking Glass, Jabberwocky was the only thing which rang a bell, and although there was an extremely clever twist at the end of Part 1 which carried over, basically, Part Deux seemed somewhat superfluous. It was all rather confusing, well,for adults anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beggar’s Opera

Until August 18

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

3*

At long last, here we are in this lovely new building, with the novelty of so many excellent productions.And they may say beggars can’t be choosers but here’s a choice version being served up, if a touch on the Pantomime side – even to a Dame; tons of local references too.

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