Theatre Review: WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS DANCING – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS DANCING is a kaleidoscope of memories, people and experiences charting the changing attitudes to gay rights

Following the sell-out successes of THE FACTORY and NOTHING, the Royal Exchange Theatre’s award-winning Young Company return with a new original piece charting the shifting and stalling attitudes to gay rights.

WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS DANCING invites the audience to travel through space and time to experience what it’s like to fall in love with someone of the same...

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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (2017) © Jack English, Summit Entertainment and Millenium Media.

While THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD isn’t going to win any awards for originality, the charisma of its two leads is enough to carry it through

Patrick Hughes’ new film THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD hits UK cinema screens this week starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD tells the story of Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), a once AAA rated executive protection agent, now down on his luck...

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Interview: Sparks talk about their new album HIPPOPOTAMUS

Hippopotamus by Sparks

Sparks talk about the inspiration behind their new studio album HIPPOPOTAMUS

Eight years after the release of THE SEDUCTION OF INGMAR BERGMAN (2009), musical mavericks Sparks make a welcome return with their new studio album HIPPOPOTAMUS.

Formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks are an American new wave/synth-pop band known for their quirky approach to songwriting...

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Behind The Scenes at The Lowry

From the dressing rooms to the lighting tower, we go behind-the-scenes at The Lowry

If you live in the North West, chances are you’ve visited The Lowry Theatre at some point. The world-class arts centre hosts around 1000 performances each year from opera and musicals to dance, music and comedy and is the UK’s largest theatre space outside of London.

In 2014, a whopping 866,773 people visited The Lowry making it one of the most popular venues in Greater Manchester...

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Theatre Review: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – The Lowry, Salford

Stewart Wright as Mr Perks in THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

112 years after it was first published, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN is brought to life once again in a new stage production directed by Paul Jepson.

Based on the classic 1906 novel by Edith Nesbit, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN tells the story of three siblings – Roberta, Peter and Phyllis – whose lives are turned upside down then their father is falsely accused and imprisoned for selling state secrets to the Russians...

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Music Review: THE SONS OF PITCHES: LIVE! – The Lowry, Salford

Following the success of their 2016 tour, THE SONS OF PITCHES return to Salford’s The Lowry for their biggest UK tour yet named the “SOPTV Show”.

Affectionately known as The Sons’, THE SONS OF PITCHES are a six-member a cappella group, comprising of three lead vocalists, one bass vocalist, one percussion vocalist and one soprano vocalist...

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Theatre Review: WAITING FOR GOD – The Lowry, Salford

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

Ending its UK tour at Salford’s The Lowry, WAITING FOR GOD brings comedy and poignancy to an audience that lives knowing that old age is the path ahead. But how you tackle it is up to you. Your only as old as you feel and if that’s still 23, then a joy ride to Bournemouth in your Niece’s Porsche is just what the doctor orders.

Originally seen on our TV screens for five series in the 1990s, you might think it would be ...

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Comedy Review: Eddie Izzard – BELIEVE ME, The Lowry, Salford

Eddie Izzard BELIEVE ME Tour

As Eddie Izzard’s new memoir BELIEVE ME hits the book stands, the stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist opened his national book tour at The Lowry last night. The venue was crammed to the rafters and everyone that had purchased ticket also received a signed copy of ‘Believe Me’ completely gratis, thanks Eddie!

Comedian, actor, activist and staunch labour supporter despite his boarding school upbringing, Eddie is a personal hero of mine...

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Music Review: SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS – The Lowry, Salford

SIMON AND GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS by Bookends. Photo: Chris Groucutt

More than four decades after their breakup in 1970, American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel continue to inspire a generation as tribute act Bookends delicately demonstrate in their latest UK tour of SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS.

Performed by childhood friends Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS pays homage to the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel...

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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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