Author: Eleanor Howard

English National Ballet: Swan Lake | Review

Last week, the English National Ballet (ENB) brought its national tour of Swan Lake to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. The ENB Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Gavin Sutherland, struck up Tchaikovsky’s renowned, glorious score as the Empire’s full auditorium waited in anticipation for the ballet to commence. Swan Lake is one of the most famous and beloved productions in the classical ballet repertoire, and the audience, made up of both first time ballet goers and aficionados of all ages, came to see Derek Dean’s production. The sumptuous sets designed by Peter Farmer make this production a visual feast. The great hall...

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7 Must-See Shows on TV This Autumn

Following the long hot summer and a drought of scheduling that left us with only Love Island to keep us entertained, Autumn is the season when TV schedules are jam-packed full of the best new and returning TV shows to fill those long dark evenings. Here at The Sphinx we have gone through and selected the best the small screen has to offer this Autumn: Homecoming (Amazon Prime) Oscar-winner Julia Roberts has made the big leap to the small screen for Amazon’s Homecoming created by Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail. A far cry from her rom-com days, Roberts plays Heidi...

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Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere | Review

For the first time in history, Doctor Who premiered on a Sunday night in the BBC one tea-time slot with a female doctor at its helm. Jodie Whittaker’s debut episode as The Doctor drew in an average audience of 8.2 million, more viewers than that of Capaldi, Smith or Tennant. According to figures released by reporter Robin Parker, 235,000 more girls under the age of sixteen tuned in to watch the premiere, compared with last years series opener, suggesting that Whittaker has a broader appeal than her predecessor. When I was seven I developed a healthy obsession with the...

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What’s On: Liverpool Literary Festival

Liverpool Literary Festival returns this Autumn with an impressive programme made up of lectures, presentations and workshops; featuring a spectacular array of speakers including 2018 Man Booker Prize longlist nominee Sally Rooney and Blackadder star Tony Morrison. The festival takes place over the weekend, 19th – 21st October, centred mainly in the Victoria Gallery & Museum. Below are a selection of event highlights across the festival: Friday The Liverpool Literary Lecture – Val McDermid – Killing People for Fun and Profit, 6pm – 7pm Victoria Gallery & Museum Bestselling crime author of the Wire in the Blood series, Val McDermid,...

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Liverpool City Guide: Culture

Tate Liverpool Described by the Sunday Times as ‘the one that seems most comfortable in its own skin’, Tate Liverpool, which is situated in the converted Albert Dock warehouse, has become one of the largest and most significant modern and contemporary art galleries outside of London. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (2018), Tate Liverpool constantly delivers exceptional exhibitions. Previous highlights have included: Gustav Klimt, René Magritte and Lichtenstein. What’s more, the gallery offers free entry into special exhibitions for students who attend the Liverpool universities. Open Eye Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit gallery dedicated to photography....

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