INTERVIEW: Jeffrey Holland on WAITING FOR GOD

Nichola McAuliffe and Jeffrey Holland in WAITING FOR GOD. Photo: Geraint Lewis

When WAITING FOR GOD first aired on BBC One in the early 1990s, it became an instant hit with fans, running for a total of five series between 1990 and 1994. More than 20 years later, the hit sitcom has been adapted for the stage with an all-new script penned by the original creator Michael Aitkens.

Set at the fictional Bayview Retirement Home near Bournemouth, WAITING FOR GOD follows two spirited residents, Tom and ...

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Theatre Review: Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Shirley Valentine UK Tour 2017

When Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy SHIRLEY VALENTINE first premiered at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in 1986, the one-woman play took the world by storm. Now, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger takes on the lead role in the first major revival of the much loved national treasure.

Set in Liverpool in the 1980s, SHIRLEY VALENTINE tells the story a middle-aged Liverpool housewife trapped in a loveless marriage...

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Album Review: Albert Hammond – IN SYMPHONY

Albert Hammond IN SYMPHONY

After more than five decades in the music industry, you’d think that Albert Hammond would be tempted to hang up his guitar and take it easy but the legendary singer-songwriter is showing no signs of slowing down. At 72, Hammond is still writing and performing material, re-scoring some of his biggest hits for his new album IN SYMPHONY.

For those who don’t recongise the name, Hammond is a London born, Gibraltarian raised singer/songwriter best known for his work in the 1970s and 80s...

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Theatre Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – The Lowry, Salford

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG UK & Ireland Tour. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Following its successful run in London’s West End, the Olivier award winning play THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG heads Salford’s The Lowry this week as part of its UK tour.

Produced by LAMDA graduates Mischief Theatre, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is farcical play-within-a-play...

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Theatre Review: PERSUASION – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

PERSUASION - Royal Exchange Theatre

Following the bold reinterpretation of Aeschylus’s THE SUPPLIANT WOMAN, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre’s Spring/Summer season continues to reshape and breathe new life into classic texts with its latest production of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION.

Written by Austen 1817, PERSUASION tells the story of the young Anne Elliot, who lost her chance at love when her family persuaded her to refuse an offer of marriage by the dashing – yet penniless – young naval officer Wentworth...

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Gig Review: Red Hot Chilli Pipers – The Lowry, Salford

Over the past fourteen years, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have grown to become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet. Formed in 2002, the Scottish group has played with rock band The Darkness, opened the popular T IN THE PARK music festival, won the BBC talent show WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? and have sold out tours across the world including the UK and the USA.

For those who have never heard of them, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a large musical ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboar...

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Theatre Review: GHOST – THE MUSICAL, The Lowry – Salford

Andy Moss as Sam Wheat in GHOST THE MUSICAL. Photo: Matt Martin

When GHOST was first released back in 1990, it caused a real rumble. The American romantic fantasy film starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, was an outstanding commercial success, breaking box office records and earning Goldberg an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress...

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Theatre Review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Faith Omole (Viola) in RET Twelfth Night. Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Funny, beautifully staged and well performed, Jo Davies’ adaption of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT is a must-see piece at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this spring.

Written by William Shakespeare in 1601/02 as a twelfth night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season, this 400 year old play is a comedy disguised as an initial tragedy.

Separated in a shipwreck and believing each other to be dead, twins Vi...

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Interview: Deborah McAndrew on CYRANO DE BERGERAC

As part of their 25th anniversary year, Northern Broadsides join forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre to present an exciting new adaptation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC.

Originally written by Edmond Rostand in 1897, the classic romantic comedy tells the story of a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano who is deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane...

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Gig Review: Billy Ocean Spring Tour 2017 – The Lowry, Salford

Billy Ocean Spring Tour

Billy Ocean’s heyday may have been in the 1970s and 1980s but the 67-year-old singer songwriter still knows how to entertain a crowd.

Born in Trinidad in 1950, Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced. The soul legend, who string of R&B and pop hits in the 70s and 80s, has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime, with number one hits in the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK.

Following the success of his album HERE YOU ARE: THE BEST OF BILLY OCEAN whi...

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