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December 9, 2019

Talking mirrors, poison apples, wicked queens. On paper, Snow White could be really quite…Grimm.

But this is panto land, where everyone hums a merry tune, the baddies get their comeuppance (oh yes they do) and the heroine always gets her prince.

There’s much to appreciat...

November 27, 2019

Whatever else is going on in the world, there are thankfully some constants in life – one of them being the Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto.

And here it is, launching Liverpool’s helter skelter rush towards Christmas with its colourful mix of feisty heroines, hapless heroe...

November 24, 2019

Half a century after he released his debut album, Sir Elton Hercules John is having a moment – driven by the success of flamboyant big screen biopic Rocket Man and an imminent ‘farewell’ tour.

And Rocket Man the song was one of 22 numbers featured in this buoyant celebr...

November 21, 2019

It’s been a long time – 40 years to be exact – since Glyndebourne last performed live opera in Liverpool.

So this three-day visit to the Empire as part of a UK tour is a welcome return to the city stage, and part of a wider coordinated plan to present more performances...

November 15, 2019

An evening at the Philharmonic Hall generally involves a good spread of musical morsels to satisfy the audience’s appetite.

The menu for this inclement Thursday in Hope Street was more a musical sandwich than a full banquet – Shostakovich proving a pared down filling be...

November 12, 2019

Two centuries after it was published, the story of Frankenstein and his ‘monster’ continues to resonate in the public consciousness.

Although rather like that other 19th century tale of science clashing with nature – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – it’s poss...

November 11, 2019

In a world where tolerance of others is in increasingly short – nay perilous – supply, it’s good to be reminded of the empowering virtues of friendship, loyalty and acceptance.

After all, as Elvis Costello sang (and no, he’s not the Elvis who gets a nod in amongst the s...

October 25, 2019

The clocks go back this weekend, but on a damp Thursday night at the Philharmonic Hall they were looking forward past the looming dark, dismal days of winter to the coming of spring with a pair of printemps-related pieces.

Andre Previn died earlier this year before comp...

October 14, 2019

Amélie Poulain’s fantastical journey comes to an end in Liverpool this week as the stage musical version of the cinematic hit concludes its inaugural UK tour with a Playhouse residence.

And it’s both a delightful petite gâterie for Liverpool audiences and a triomphe mas...

October 12, 2019

Three decades and counting since it first manned the barricades at the Barbican, Les Misérables has become not just a piece of theatre but a theatrical event.

And sitting in the expectant atmosphere of a capacious, sold-out auditorium in the Liverpool Empire, it certain...

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