What’s not to love about a play dedicated to The Beatles and John Lennon’s supposedly ‘lost’ banjo? A wonderful blend of fact and fiction, many stalwart fans will already be sold before they’ve even entered the premises.
Never underestimate Agatha Christie’s ability to pull the rug from under your feet. Having read a lot of her novels in my youth but never having seen one of her plays, indeed, not having heard of any of her plays other than The Mousetrap, I was particularly keen to see how her particular brand of murder and mystery transferred to the stage.
‘Liver Birds Flying Home’ is a new musical based on the historic BBC sitcom, ‘The Liver Birds’ which gave us the comic duo Sandra and Beryl; two Liverpudlian housewives who had different dreams and big ideas during the 70s. As Beryl stayed in their home city, Sandra flew the nest and this new musical hosts the reunion of these two ‘Liver birds’ forty years later.
This is Naughty Corner Productions' sixth original show and is their largest cast to date. With hilarious goings on, fantastic yet to the point dialogue and a lot of physical/violent movement, this production must be seen to be believed.
Flat Pack Music present a modern adaptation in English of Mozart’s famous two-act comic opera for their debut performance in Liverpool and they do not disappoint with this hilarious production from Musical Director Tom Newall and Director Lorna Rushton.
As soon as the audience members begin to enter the theatre, the scene is set. The infamous droogs, that are the catalyst of the trouble that occurs in Anthony Burgess’s novel and play A Clockwork Orange, stroll across the stage creating an eerie, uncomfortable atmosphere. Their intimidating presence on stage perfectly captures the character of these juvenile delinquents and draws the audience in to Alex’s dystopian world from the beginning.
Described as a production for young folk and their families, Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine, adapted by David Wood and it really was exactly what it says on the tin. A piece of theatre perfect for children’s first experience of live performance.
I might be one of the only humans on the plant who has not ever actually seen Hairspray. I know the iconic ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ song, and that it’s about a curvy girl called Tracy who wants to be on TV but that is it. However I knew it was one not to be missed, so I thought I’d give it a watch and boy, was I blown away!
The challenge of a play that is so well known and loved, and that has been so successfully filmed, is what can you do with it? Daniel Taylor returns to his roots with Trisha Duffy’s adaptation re-staging the play in 19th Century Liverpool with the warring Montague and Capulet families cast across the then very real sectarian divide that saw Liverpool known as the Belfast of England given the regular outbreaks of violence between two communities – the perfect place for a pair of star-cross’d lovers to meet.
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.'
I don’t think I have ever felt as emotionally moved in any theatre as I was this evening during the opening night of ‘The Last Ship’ - the debut musical from former frontman of The Police; Sting, currently at the Liverpool Playhouse this week as part of its U.K. Tour.
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