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  • June 29, 2015

    Get ready for the fourth annual Shiny New Festival

    Lantern Theatre Liverpool is playing host to its annual pre-Edinburgh theatre event Shiny New Festival for the fourth year this July – and is also teaming up with Manchester’s 24:7 new writing fest.   From July 27 to August 2, audiences will be treated to three shows per night from some of the North West’s [...]

  • June 27, 2015

    REVIEW: The Hudsucker Proxy, Liverpool Playhouse

    Central to the plot of The Hudsucker Proxy is the fictional story of the invention of the hula hoop; the kind of toy that anyone could enjoy, ‘from eight to eighty’ as the slogan has gone before. This proves true of this adaptation as well. Its imaginative staging and good clean fun spans the ages [...]

  • June 22, 2015

    REVIEW: Bonnie & Clyde, Unity Theatre

    Bonnie & Clyde the musical might sound like something of a Simpson’s cutaway gag, and it’s true the 2009 show didn’t do great business on Broadway; but it has had a life beyond New York in the years since. A dramatic plot of crime and romance and plenty of strong, catchy numbers (courtesy of Don [...]

  • June 4, 2015

    REVIEW: Stewart Lee, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    STEWART Lee boasted of his unreview-ability during his set on stage at the Phil this week, and it’s fairly likely anyone attempting to critique his latest set will make mention of that fact at some point. His act is so nuanced and layered, so sophisticated and unflinching, that could probably be true. He’s hard to [...]

  • June 3, 2015

    REVIEW: The Producers, Liverpool Empire

    The Producers doesn’t so much overstep the mark as plow over it in a Panzer. It’s offensive and raucous. It’s crude. And this latest production of Mel Brooks’s classic satire is absolutely brilliant. It is, of course, the musical version of the 1967 movie of the same name, which tells the tale of crooked Broadway [...]