Theatre Review: EVITA – The Lowry, Salford


Bill Kenwright’s latest touring production of EVITA is as fresh, provocative and absorbing as ever

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s award-winning musical EVITA may be almost 40 years old but in a world where the news is dominated by politics and unlikely ascensions to power, the biographical pop opera feels eerily relevant than ever before.

EVITA tells the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron...

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Theatre Review: THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 


David Grieg’s reinterpretation of THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN fails to live up to the power and passion of Aeschylus’ 2500 year old play

Based on Aeschylus’ 2500 year old play and made new by David Grieg, THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN is a short choral movement in three acts. It tells the tale of 50 women who arrive in Argos, the land of their ancestral Gods, seeking refuge from forced marriage with their Egyptian cousins and the perils of their exile. 

To open proceedings, the cast hark back to the days of...

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Theatre Review: Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS – HOME, Manchester

Jack Tarlton as Stillman in Paul Auster's CITY OF GLASS by 59 Productions. Photo by Jonathan Keenan

Jack Tarlton as Stillman in Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS by 59 Productions. Photo by Jonathan Keenan

CITY OF GLASS is a bold, ambitious and high-tech piece of theatre which captures the crazy and claustrophobic nature of Auster’s original novella

If you’ve ever read Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this multi-layered, metafictional mystery is too tricky to make the transition to the stage...

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Gig Review: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – O2 Apollo, Manchester

Scott Bradlee Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox brought an authentic 1920s vibe to Manchester’s O2 Apollo last night as the rotating music collective rolled into town as part of the UK leg of their European tour.

Founded by Jazz pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2011, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) first found fame through YouTube...

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ALFIE BOE: ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM follows the world-famous tenor as he attempts to crossover from the world of opera to contemporary rock

It’s fair to say that Alfie Boe certainly knows how to belt out a tune. Since his rendition of BRING HIM HOME at the 2010 LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary performance at the O2 Arena, the singer’s career has grown from strength to strength, leading to four top ten albums, a sell-out 2013 UK tour and over one million album sales to his name...

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Theatre Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s CINDERELLA – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet's CINDERELLA

Birmingham Royal Ballet elevate the story of CINDERELLA to a whole new level in their latest touring production

Pretty much everyone knows the story of CINDERELLA. From ballet and opera, to film and panto, the famous fairytale has been reimagined in a thousand ways. But just when you think you’ve seen it all before, Birmingham Royal Ballet elevate the story to a whole new level in their latest touring production.

CINDERELLA tells the story of a beautiful young girl who finds herself at the me...

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Theatre Review: BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester


BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL is a revved up and racy Romeo and Juliet story that appeals to not just Meat Loaf fans but musical and theatre lovers alike

Jim Steinman’s rock and roll theatrical fantasy BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL – the inspiration for one of the most iconic albums in history – has burst onto the stage of Manchester Opera House and will hit the London Coliseum later in 2017.

Set in an apocalyptic future where the young mutate and will be forever young, is a father struggling to k...

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Album Review: Jarrod Dickenson – READY THE HORSES

Jarrod Dickenson READY THE HORSES

With its warm sound and well-written tracks, READY THE HORSES is a worthy follow-up to the groundbreaking THE LONESOME TRAVELER

Following the critically acclaimed THE LONESOME TRAVELER, American singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson finally releases his highly anticipated new album READY THE HORSES on 10 March.

Dickenson’s first exposure to UK audiences came in 2013 when he supported David Ford for 15 UK tour dates...

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Comedy Review: Brennan Reece – EVERGLOW

Brennan Reece’s debut full-length show is both funny and thought-provoking

With his boyish energy, beaming smile and puppy-dog enthusiasm, it’s hard not to like Brennan Reece. Since he first burst onto the UK comedy scene back in 2010, the twentysomething comedian has grown from strength to strength, supporting Joe Lycett on tour and winning the English Comedian Of The Year award in 2015.

EVERGLOW marks Reece’s debut full-length show and is an autobiographical piece about family and adult lif...

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INTERVIEW: Jarrod Dickenson on READY THE HORSES and UK Tour

Jarrod Dickenson

Photo: Josh Wool

Jarrod Dickenson talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his new album and headline UK tour

2017 is already proving to be a pretty big year for Jarrod Dickenson. Following his support set for The White Buffalo, the Texas-born singer-songwriter is about to release a brand new album and take to the road on a new headline UK tour. And we’ve just only just started the year!

Cutting his teeth on the Texas and Nashville circuit for 10 years, Dickenson’s first exposure to UK audiences came...

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