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The Full Monty

September 24-29

On tour until May, 2019

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

4*

The good, the bad and the ugly – the unfit, the infirm and the overweight, and unemployed, what on earth makes these men think they could be 1970’s Sheffield’s answer to the Chippendales? Question is, whose bright idea is it? That’d be Gaz, the ringleader….

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July 25

Settle Sessions 2018 Poetry Competition

You are invited to submit a poem or poems; maximum length per poem of 40 lines.

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August 9

Second Light Competition

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NAWGFest 2018

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NAWGFest 2018

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Swallows and Amazons

Until August 26

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

3*

It’s a wonderful thing, children’s imagination, truly fantastic, and boundless. And for adaptations of this book, you certainly need to channel your inner child. That said, last time I saw a production, it was set in the attic; this, written by the acclaimed Bryony Lavery, has the undoubted advantage of

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The Big I Am

Until July 14

Everyman
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

3*

Peer Gynt? I know nothing.

And to be honest, not much wiser now except I don’t believe I should like to know him, for a worse anti-hero you are unlikely to meet. That he has

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Shrek: The Musical    

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June 13-23

On tour until January 6

4*

What a pantomime – is it really possible for such a transformation, to make a cartoon film into a successful musical? Hell, yes. After all, if somebody can run the gamut from nun to doctor’s wife to royalty… Princess Fiona has you wanting to google another word for ‘feisty’, and you’re full of

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A Little Night Music

May 5-July 8

https://www.storyhouse.com/

4*

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Some people may feel that a musical is a lot of songs interrupted by the plot whilst others suspect it’s the plot which has t o endure people bursting into song all over the place. Sondheim, bless him, always seems to get it right, perhaps not least in

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April 10-14

On tour until June

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Liverpool Empire

www.liverpooltheatres.com/empire.htm

Reviewed for North West End; a version of which is on their website: www.northwestend.co.uk

4*

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On tour until June

A little bit disco, a little bit rock n’ roll – as Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo’s Arts Editor pointed out to me: ‘Not really ballet at all. It’s Matthew Bourne. It’s a show.’

And so it is.

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April 10-14

The Last Ship

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

On tour until July

www.thelastshipmusical.co.uk

A version of this review is on the Northern Soul website:

https://www.northernsoul.me.uk/review-the-last-ship-everyman-liverpool/

4*

You could say it looks like Sting’s ship has come in with this production… yes, far too many maritime metaphors spring to mind, rather as words and language do for Adrian Sanderson (Charlie Richmond), the intellectual docker. And there’s a fine line between archetype and stereotype, so we also

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