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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

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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Williams, BBCPO, Hallé, Mena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There are occasions when just one band isn’t enough. Hence the rare experience of the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic joining forces for a performance, in the Strauss’s Voice series celebrating the...

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Sherratt, Hallé, Znaider, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

It’s all about the voice – Strauss’s Voice, which is the title of the series of concerts being given by the musical forces of Manchester to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. It is becoming a...

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Currie, BBC Philharmonic, Mena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

It was ironic, yet seasonal, that the BBC Philharmonic’s conductor-composer H K Gruber, who is said to be a descendant of the man who wrote “Silent Night” (Franz Xaver Gruber), should take centre...

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The Verdi-Boito Story, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

How do you mark the Verdi bicentenary? As music director of the Hallé Orchestra and a Verdi specialist, Sir Mark Elder gave it a lot of thought. He decided to tell a story rather than direct a...

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Sweeney Todd, Royal Exchange, Manchester

How many times can a director re-work the same show and still come up with something fresh, gripping and memorable? This is James Brining’s third version of Sondheim’s killer thriller musical Sweeney...

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Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

A “world premiere” of music written by Benjamin Britten just over 70 years ago? Whence this treasure trove of long-lost musical gold? Well, under the title of An American in England, in 1942 Britten...

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All My Sons, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The guilt of knowingly sending our sons to war with defective equipment and fatal results certainly resonates today. Who takes the blame? Do we get ministerial resignations or arms-dealers going to...

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Hough, BBC Philharmonic, Mena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

They did it, and continue to do it, their way. Under the self-confident title of The Mancunian Way, the BBC Philharmonic’s new season aims to celebrate the story of music-making in the city through...

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