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Heartbeat – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Heartbeat

Writer: David Lonsdale Director: Keith Myers Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Axed in 2010 and with 15 million viewers in its heyday, Heartbeat was a staple of Sunday night TV for 18 years. Cashing in on the current trend for nostalgia, this new theatrical version should have been given major cardiac surgery before it ever got to a stage. Set in 1969, ...

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Chaplin: The Charlie Chaplin Story

Chaplin: The Charlie Chaplin Story

Book: Stuart Price Music: Jake Field Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As one of the silent movie era's biggest stars, Charlie Chaplin managed to combine comic clowning with an eye for visually emotive storytelling like no other. This new musical looks at the actor's early years in Hollywood, as well as looking back into his childhood learning his craft on the stages ...

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Declaration – The Lowry, Salford

Publicity Image for Art witH Heart's Declaration

Writer: Art with Heart  Director: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse  Reviewer: Harriet Mallion  Art with Heart’s world premiere of Declaration, proudly brings to the stage a vivid and vibrant representation of the challenges you face when you’re diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). The production examines the everyday differences and deconstructs every detail allowing a level of empathy and ...

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The End of the Pier – Arts Centre, Washington

The End of the Pier - Arts Centre, Washington

Writer & Director: Neil Armstrong Reviewer: Mark Clegg At a shabby end of the pier theatre, dark deeds are afoot, murder is on the bill and a dead body will soon appear centre stage. Lionel and Edith Boshe are The Lovebirds, a music hall double act whose marriage is as tired as their routines and whose 25-year relationship has soured ...

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Macbeth – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

macbeth - Ray Fearon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer: Andy Moseley On a stormy night in London, an act of treachery leads to the bloody and ultimately short-lived rule of a paranoid former foot soldier. Make up your own punchline for any events going on further down the Thames but this is actually the latest production of Macbeth at the Globe. Three ...

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Educating Rita – Hull Truck Theatre

Educating Rita - Hull Truck

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Babych Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson Watching Educating Rita on stage in 2016 is a slightly odd experience, enjoyable nonetheless. The play’s on-stage history, with many more productions in the last six or seven years than in the previous 20, suggests a current wish to get back to the original after years of domination ...

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Barnbow Canaries – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Barnbow Canaries - WYP, Leeds

Writer: Alice Nutter Music: Dyfan Jones Director: Kate Wasserberg Choreographer: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson Every town has a war memorial to its fallen soldiers, a constant reminder of men who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for a better world. But sadly this is only half of the story, what of all those brave women who toiled behind the scenes ...

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The Royal – Royal Court, Liverpool

Linda Germain, Angela Simms and Lynn Francis in The Royal

Writer: Lindzi Germain, Angela Simms & Lynn Francis Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Helen Patrick As the final finishing touches take place on the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and plans start to take place for the movement of staff and patients to the new building are underway, another of Liverpool’s famous Royals (Royal Court) premieres a comedy about the move ...

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