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Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Fatherland continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester until 22 July (and also plays the Lyric, Hammersmith from 25 May to 23 June 2018 as part of LIFT). Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The creative trio behind this innovative Manchester International Festival production set out their stall very early on. Frantic […]

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Interview – director Derek Bond brings Sweet Charity to the Royal Exchange Manchester

For its Christmas show the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester is staging the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical Sweet Charity, with a book by Neil Simon based on the Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria. DEREK BOND has returned to the venue to direct the show. Musical Theatre Review’s Chris Bartlett wrote in his review: “And for a joyous 160 […]

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Sweet Charity continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester until 28 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A whirling dervish of swinging sixties joie de vivre with a perfect storm of creative talent behind it, it’s no wonder that Sweet Charity still holds up so well 50 years after it first hot-footed […]

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Sweet Charity – Derek Bond to direct Manchester Royal Exchange production

Derek Bond will return to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this Christmas to direct a major new production of Broadway hit Sweet Charity. Bond, who was previously at the helm of the theatre’s sell-out 2014 seasonal production of Little Shop of Horrors, will be joined by award-winning choreographer Aletta Collins for the show which will run […]

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All I Want is One Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

All I Want is One Night at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Suzy Solidor – chances are you won’t know the name but you’d probably recognise the face. Solidor was one of the most celebrated Parisian nightclub chanteuses of the 1930s and 40s, but is better known now as being “the […]

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Into the Woods – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Into the Woods continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester until 16 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Beloved by many, Stephen Sondheim’s much-revived exploration of storybook happy ever afters is, nonetheless, a middle-ranking entry in the pre-eminent US musical maestro’s canon – many places above his rare misfires but quite a few rungs below the […]

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Interview – Gillian Bevan goes Into the Woods via Manchester

Officially opening this week at the Manchester Royal Exchange is a new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark fairytale mash-up, Into the Woods. In the central role of The Witch is local lass GILLIAN BEVAN, who was born just seven miles down the A6 in Stockport. As one of the UK’s most experienced Sondheim proponents, […]

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Into the Woods at Royal Exchange Manchester – Alex Gaumond and Gillian Bevan star

Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s associate artistic director Matthew Xia makes his main-stage debut this Christmas with his exploration of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning fairy tale Into the Woods. As a composer and former BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter, DJ Excalibah, Xia’s passion for telling stories with music has been long held. Xia said: “The music and […]

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Sweeney Todd opens Brining season at WYP

Headlining his first full season, artistic director James Brining makes his directorial debut for West Yorkshire Playhouse with a ‘bold, contemporary production’ of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd (adapted from the play by Christopher Bond). The musical features David Birrell in the title role, a part for which he won Best Actor in […]

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