Interview: Jos Vantyler takes on his most iconic role yet as The Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Jos Vantyler as The Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Jos Vantyler as The Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Jos Vantyler chats to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as The Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Jos Vantyler has taken on some iconic roles in his acting career (Mercutio, Dracula and Tom Sawyer to name but a few) but the Irish actor is about to take on his most iconic role yet as The Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

Stepping into the shoes of screen legend Sir Robert Helpmann who starred in the original 1968 film, Van...

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Theatre Review: THE RED SHOES – The Lowry, Salford


Brave, bold and intensely gripping, Sir Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of THE RED SHOES dazzles the senses and breaks the heart

Sir Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of THE RED SHOES makes its world premiere at The Lowry this week, reviving the classic story of love, passion and obsession for a new generation.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and the iconic 1948 film of the same name, THE RED SHOES is the story of one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in t...

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The National Ballet of China: THE PEONY PAVILION – The Lowry, Salford

The National Ballet of China: THE PEONY PAVILION

Complex, beautiful and utterly enchanting, National Ballet of China’s production of THE PEONY PAVILION is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears

Following a sell-out performance at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, The National Ballet of China bring their captivating production of THE PEONY PAVILION to Salford’s The Lowry.

Adapted from Tang Xianzu’s play of the same name, THE PEONY PAVILION tells the tale of heroine Du Liniang who, whilst dreaming, falls in love with a young scholar called Liu...

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Comedy Review – Griff Rhys Jones: JONES & SMITH – The Lowry, Salford

Photo Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Photo Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Griff Rhys Jones has been in the comedy business for more than three decades. After rising to fame the late 1970s alongside long-term comedy partner Mel Smith in the hit BBC TV show NOT THE NINE O’CLOCK NEWS, the comedian has founded TV production company Talkback Productions, appeared in a number of films, won two Olivier awards and hosted of IT’LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT...

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Theatre Review: BLOOD BROTHERS – The Lowry, Salford

Blood Brothers UK Tour

Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone and the cast of BLOOD BROTHERS UK Tour (previous touring cast).

Now in its 33rd year, Willy Russell’s tale of poverty, class, love and tragedy continues to captivate in this touring production of BLOOD BROTHERS

If you asked me to name my top five musicals, BLOOD BROTHERS would certainly be on the list...

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Theatre Review: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION – Winter Gardens, Blackpool


THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (previous touring cast). Photo Credit: Mark Yeoman.

Despite its strong cast performances, pacing issues spoil an otherwise impressive stage adaption of the SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Originally a 1982 Stephen King novel, then adapted into one of the most-loved films of our lifetime, the SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has been brought to the stage in a new adaption directed by David Esbjornson.

The SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is a tale of hope, corruption, frustration, anxiety, longing, and f...

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Music Review: Tumbler – COME TO THE EDGE

Tumbler - Come to the Edge

With its poetic lyrics, catchy guitar riffs and solid vocals, COME TO THE EDGE is arguably Tumbler’s best album to date

Following their widely acclaimed debut album YOU SAID, British alternative rock/folk band Tumbler return with COME TO THE EDGE, their second full-length album in just two years.

Described as “The Cure meets Soul Asylum with a side of Dylan” by Review Fix, Tumbler is a British alternative rock/folk band from Epsom, England...

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Sunday Times Style Grand Reopening of The Principal Manchester Hotel

The Principal Manchester Hotel

The highly anticipated Principal Manchester Hotel had its grand opening last night with a special event hosted in association with Sunday Times Style.

The iconic Principal Manchester Hotel (formally known as The Palace Hotel) has been given a £25m revamp by its new owners Starwood Capital to restore the hotel to its former glory.

To mark the grand opening, Sunday Times Style put on a special “Northern knees-up” event on 3 November...

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Theatre Review: BREAKING THE CODE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


Intelligent, multi-layered and incredibly touching, BREAKING THE CODE explores the life and career of Alan Turing

Alan Turing’s story is certainly a fascinating one. In his mere 41 years, the British mathematician and pioneer of computer science not only helped to break the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II but also created one of the world’s first computer designs before his untimely suicide in 1954 following chemical castration for homosexual activity...

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Music Review: The NaveBlues – THANK YOU

Thank You by The NaveBlues

The NaveBlues bring their unqiue sound to Led Zeppelin’s THANK YOU

Following the release of THE GHOST COLLECTOR and SEXY KISS earlier this year, Norwegian rock/blues group The NaveBlues release the third single from their self-titled album, THANK YOU.

Described as an “oasis” for the musical-masses, The NaveBlues are an indie rock/blues band from Bergen in Norway...

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