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‘As sweet & charming an introduction to theatre as you could wish for’: GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU – Touring

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You’d need a heart of stone not to be charmed by the gentle joys of Guess How Much I Love You. Sam McBratney’s modern classic bedtime story gets the theatrical treatment thanks to established touring company Selladoor, and the result is a real delight.

CARTOONOPOLIS – Liverpool

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Cartoonopolis was first performed in the Playhouse Studio a couple of years ago, where it came into existence thanks to actor Lewis Bray’s involvement with YEP [Young Everyman and Playhouse]. Along with Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson, that company’s artistic director and associate director respectively, Bray’s fledgling idea – to do a play about his brother’s autism – began to take flight.

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INTERVIEW: Shake It Up Baby writer Suzan Holder

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Suzan Holder is the writer of Shake It Up Baby, one of the plays in this year’s Ticket To Write festival coming to the Unity Theatre in Liverpool next week. The festival’s artistic director Francesca Goodman and producer Max Emmerson are both up-and-coming talents to watch, since their acclaimed revival of Shout: The Mod Musical made it from LIPA, to the Edinburgh Fringe, then on to the Royal Court earlier this year.

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INTERVIEW: Director Nick Bagnall on The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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“People who want ‘traditional’ Shakespeare – I don’t know what that is,” laughs Nick Bagnall. “I like to think if Shakespeare was here today he’d be using all he possibly could to be telling stories. When he was around, there was music, song, dance, audience interaction, all of it, he was always playing with theatre.”

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Review: Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre, London)

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Ever since Garbo leaned against the door-jamb of her luxury suite and murmured ‘I want to be alone’, the glamour and intrigue of Grand Hotels has captured public imagination. In Liverpool, the landmark Adelphi Hotel had its profile boosted by carriage trade from the ocean liners arriving from the New World and statesmen, gangsters and […]

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