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January 10, 2020

Sound the trumpet indeed! I think we might have found a contender for most entertaining Philharmonic concert of the year – and it’s only the second week of January.

With this firecracker of a programme, complete with a pair of premieres in a double trumpet voluntary, th...

December 16, 2019

It should perhaps come as no surprise that a venue that calls itself Storyhouse should be committed to strong storytelling.

And its 2019 Christmas offering – a new version of JM Barrie’s much-loved children’s classic - has an engaging clarity of narrative as well as bei...

December 15, 2019

Joy to the world!

And while there’s been precious little festive cheer around this year, there was plenty of seasonal bonhomie at the Philharmonic Hall’s opening Spirit of Christmas concert.

“This is the start of Christmas,” I heard one audience member tell another, whil...

December 12, 2019

Do you remember when you stopped believing in Father Christmas, consigning him to never never land along with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy?

And be honest, does life feel better for it?

There’s a reason Miracle on 34th Street remains such a much-loved tale, 70 yea...

December 11, 2019

The Unity has long eschewed traditional pantomime in favour of magical tales designed to captivate younger audiences.

This season it’s aiming at even younger theatre goers than usual, with Theatre Rites’ Beasty Baby perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids.

The Lo...

December 11, 2019

It’s now 115 years since Peter Pan was published. So if the boy who wouldn’t grow up actually had, he’d be the oldest man in the world by now.

But despite the years that have passed, JM Barrie’s tale of pirates, crocodiles, Indians and lost boys continues to enchant aud...

December 9, 2019

It’s billed as the greatest fairytale of them all, and it’s certainly a perennially popular festive choice.

So it may come as a surprise to learn the Epstein’s is the only Cinderella in town this season. Just one abandoned glass slipper, a single pair of ugly sisters, a...

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...

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