sat 18/04/2015

Philip Radcliffe

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Philip Radcliffe has been a theatre and music critic for many years, writing for a wide range of publications, but especially The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Bolton Evening News (where he began his journalistic career) and the Manchester Evening News. He is a long-serving member of the Manchester (formerly MEN)Theatre Awards panel. He is former Director of Communications at The University of Manchester and Adjunct Professor of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University.

Articles by Philip Radcliffe

Little Shop of Horrors, Royal Exchange, Manchester

With a bloodthirsty, corpse-devouring plant called Audrey at the centre of events, we can only be in the Little Shop of Horrors. It’s a far cry from Jack and the Beanstalk, but the Royal Exchange is...

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Royal Exchange, Manchester

No one is more prescriptive than Tennessee Williams when it comes to stage and set directions. As he got older and wiser he made allowances for directors and actors to have their say. “The making of...

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Meyer, BBCPO, Storgårds, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Staying close to his Scandinavian roots, John Storgårds, principal guest conductor of the BBC Phil and chief conductor of the Helsinki Phil, is gearing up for the celebration of Carl Nielsen’s 150th...

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Mullova, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Sir Mark Elder has a penchant for taking on large-scale works in Manchester, from operatic concert performances of Wagner and Verdi to Hollywood musicals. Following that line, he kicked off the new...

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Benedetti, Manchester Camerata, Takács-Nagy, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Having been put to the fiddle at the age of five, Nicola Benedetti appreciates the value of making music at an early age. She is fiercely committed to music education and developing new talent. So it...

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Romeo and Juliet, Victoria Baths, Manchester

Instead of that small well-worn stone balcony in that courtyard in Verona, picture an extended well-worn cast-iron balcony in the Victoria Baths in Manchester. The young lovers have ample room to...

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theartsdesk in Buxton: Dvořák rarity, Gluck tercentenary

Buxton has gone Bohemian, digging into Dvořák’s treasure trove and celebrating Gluck’s tercentenary. The choice of Dvořák’s The Jacobin fits the Buxton Festival tradition of rooting out neglected...

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The Last Days of Troy, Royal Exchange, Manchester

By picking his way through Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid - written 600 years later - Simon Armitage has it all, including the horse and Helen, each of whom in their way enable the...

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Rancourt, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Soccer-mad Shostakovich’s score for a ballet about a Soviet football team visiting Western Europe, the world premiere of an oboe concerto by John Casken marking the 1914 centenary, and a rare semi-...

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Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Swedish director Maria Aberg, making her Royal Exchange debut, sets Shakespeare's comedy in 1945 post-war Britain and strives to play in the effects of war on the home front, where women are in...

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Martinpelto, BBC Philharmonic, Storgårds, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

No one could accuse Manchester’s musical forces of short-changing Richard Strauss on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Under the title Strauss’s Voice, over two months three...

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Davislim, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

It’s the thought that counts. That’s what we say about presents. But when the gift is a song by Richard Strauss it is that and more. He made a habit of gifting songs, particularly to his wife Pauline...

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Orlando, Royal Exchange, Manchester

“It’s all about you and the lusts of your flesh and the lure of your mind,” advised Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West when writing the spoof biography Orlando as a “love letter” to her. When she...

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Final curtain for the Library Theatre

We are witnessing the end of an era in the long history of Manchester’s theatreland: the disappearance, after more than 60 years, of the treasured Library Theatre. Coming full circle, it is ending as...

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Schwanewilms, Hallé, Stenz, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

“How tired we are of travelling,” the soprano sings, underscored by a solo horn. The end is near: “Is this perhaps death?” No fuss, no drama, but weariness and a calm acceptance. Since Strauss and...

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Blindsided, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s no place like home – and home for writer Simon Stephens is Stockport. He doesn’t live there any more, but he was born there in 1971 and still finds the place, particularly its seedier side, a...

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