Reviewed for North West End; shorter version appears on their website: www.northwestend.co.uk

www.northwestend.co.uk

March 6-10

Cilla

The Musical

Chester Storeyhouse

https://www.storyhouse.com/

On tour until November

4*

A production based on a National Treaure could alas, end up bland, perhaps boring. After all, nobody ever had a bad word to say about the

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The Great Gatsby

February 22 – March 25

The Great Gatsby

Theatr Clwyd and Guild of Misrule co-production

The Dolphin Hotel, Mold

4*

Well, this is great fun – as long as you check the small print on your life assurance: up and down rickety stairs; in and out of a dilapidated pub’s crumbling rooms. Then hugging the walls during the fight, chase and dancing scenes.

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March 13-17

On tour until April 21

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

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

4*

Not too bold a claim, saying that many Knee High productions are pure magic. And not too great a step to their coming up with something based on

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Reviewed for North West End

www.northwestend.co.uk

February 20 -24

Sunset Boulevard

Liverpool Empire

www.liverpooltheatres.com/empire.htm

On tour until April

3*

Some shows, you automatically assume you know everything about them, and so does everybody else; here, the lines about the movies getting smaller and being ready for a cose-up. It’s a surprise then to find neither musical numbers, nor story for that matter, seem familiar. Correction: the plot

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April 30

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware18.pdf

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The Play That Goes Wrong

January 29-February 3

Storyhouse

3*

Certainly does what it says on the can – when this production goes wrong, it really does go wrong. It is also extremely odd to review something about which you know nothing; the programme maintains the fiction, or maybe delusion, about a play called ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’, performed by an

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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, l-r Eva Alexander, Elexi Walker, Lara Veitch, Bryony Kimmings, Lottie Vallis, Gemma Storr. Photo by Mark Douet

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

January 26 – February 3

On tour until March 29

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

4*

I particularly wanted to see this show because it’s Bryony Kimmings with Complicite – a killer combination. You think that’s bad? You ain’t seen, or heard, anything yet. The production is of

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2018 York Literature Festival /

YorkMix Open Poetry Competition

Competition closing date: February 25, 2018

https://www.yorkmix.com/entertainment/

 

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The Little Mermaid

November 25- January 20

Everyman
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

4*

Interesting to visit a show later on the run rather than on the Press Night, which always has its own shall we say peculiar atmosphere, heady with anticipation, and all the more so with looking forward to Xmas. The danger is the possibility of running out of steam and energy (and puff, if it’s

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December 1 – January 14

The Secret Seven

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

4*

Can there be a child anywhere in this country who hasn’t read something by Enid Blyton – maybe simply because adults may tend to frown on such popular writers. Well, the past isn’t just another country but invariably politically incorrect and a nightmare for upholders of Health

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