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‘Brings out the fantastical elements’: THE MAGIC FLUTE – Touring ★★★

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Opera North’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute takes the composer’s final opera and brings out the fantastical and often comedic elements of what can at times be a dark story – several characters contemplate suicide on stage, but this version avoids ever feeling bogged down in these darker moments.

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‘A deliciously dark gem of a show’: THE ANIMALS & CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS – Manchester & Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★★

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1927’s The Animals & Children Took to the Streets is a deliciously dark gem of a show. With a running time of just 70 minutes, you might assume that the action would be rushed. Instead, the three performers take their time, wringing every last drop of twisted humour out of each rhyming couplet.

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‘Surpassed every expectation’: THE PRODUCERS – Manchester ★★★★★

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The Christmas musical at the Royal Exchange is fast becoming a Manchester tradition. After a run of hits, The Producers has a lot to live up to, but even so, it surpasses every expectation. Raz Shaw’s production of this classic and controversial Mel Brooks musical turns the camp, the glitter and the hilarity up to 11.