Theatre Review: MANDELA TRILOGY – The Lowry, Salford

Mandela Trilogy

The remarkable life of Nelson Mandela is vividly brought to life in Cape Town Opera’s production of MANDELA TRILOGY.

Performed by a cast of over 60 South African performers, the MANDELA TRILOGY is a musical tribute to the South African revolutionary and former President...

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Comedy Review: JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS TOUR – The Lowry, Salford

JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS TOUR

It’s hard to believe that Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In the course of his career, the English comedian, best known as the host of TV panel show 8 OUT OF 10 CATS, has performed nine sell-out tours to over two million people across four continents. And as you can imagine, he’s built up a pretty extensive repertoire of jokes in that time.

THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS TOUR sees Carr return to the stage to perform some of his best material in...

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Film Review: THE COMMITMENTS 25th Anniversary Special Edition

The Commitments 25th Anniversary Special Edition
It’s fair to say that THE COMMITMENTS is a cult classic. Alan Parker’s 1991 hit film about the tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band is arguably one of the greatest films in the last 50 years, winning four BAFTA awards including Best Direction (Alan Parker) and Best Film.

For those who haven’t seen the film, THE COMMITMENTS tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), an unemployed wheeler and dealer who decides to create a rock-and-roll soul band...

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Theatre Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s SHAKESPEARE DREAM BILL – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet's SHAKESPEARE DREAM BILL

THE DREAM, part of SHAKESPEARE DREAM BILL by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Copyright: Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet return to the stage with a captivating piece of storytelling and world-class dance with SHAKESPEARE DREAM BILL

Following their stunning performance of ROMEO AND JULIET earlier this year, Birmingham Royal Ballet return to The Lowry to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with SHAKESPEARE DREAM BILL.

Combining contemporary ballet with traditional pieces, the SHA...

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Theatre Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

A Streetcar Named Desire - Royal Exchange

Maxine Peake as Blanche Dubois with Ben Batt as Stanley Kowalski. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Following their critically acclaimed productions of HAMLET and THE STRIKER, Royal Exchange’s Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom and Associate Artist Maxine Peake reunite for their take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

Set in New Orleans, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a woman living on stories of a glamorous past whose rea...

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Theatre Review: AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS: UNSCRIPTED

Joan Collins Unscripted UK Tour

Fun, flirty and fabulous, JOAN COLLINS: UNSCRIPTED is an unforgettable evening in the company of a true showbiz legend

Following the success of her one-woman show ONE NIGHT WITH JOAN COLLINS back in 2014, global superstar Joan Collins returns to the stage for a brand new UK tour, JOAN COLLINS: UNSCRIPTED.

With a career spanning six decades, Dame Joan Collins is one of the UK’s most recognisable performers...

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Film Review: SOUR GRAPES

Sour Grapes Documentary

Intriguing, fast-paced and surprisingly humorous, SOUR GRAPES tells the true story of one of the most ingenious cons of our time

Forget gold, art or jewels, wine is now the investor’s best friend. In 2014, more than $92 million US dollars was spent at wine auctions in America, making fine wine one of the best performing assets of the last 20 years. But if you’re not careful, your sweet investment could soon turn sour as Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas’s documentary SOUR GRAPES reveals.

SO...

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Film Review: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen, Annalise Basso and Nicholas Hamilton in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC.        Photo: Cathy Kanavy

Provocative and thought-provoking, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is a witty and articulate film that is as daring as its protagonists

With a title like CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that Matt Ross’ latest film is a superhero movie. But this human drama is far away from the mystical powers of DOCTOR STRANGE of the super-human abilities of CAPTAIN AMERICA...

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Theatre Review: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

The cast of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

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

Brutal, harrowing, but incredibly captivating, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is escapist theatre at its very best

To celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the nation’s favourite movie, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has been given a new lease of life in a brand new touring stage production produced by Bill Kenwright.

Based on the short novel by Stephen King, ...

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PREVIOUSLY, ON… GUESS THE TV SERIES Trivia Game

PREVIOUSLY, ON… GUESS THE TV SERIES Trivia Game

Know your TWIN PEAKS from your GAME OF THRONES? Brush up on your TV geek trivia with PREVIOUSLY, ON… GUESS THE TV SERIES card game

Fellow TV aficionados, I have some good news. All those hours spent watching Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky boxsets will finally be put to good use when you reign supreme in the new TV trivia game PREVIOUSLY, ON… GUESS THE TV SERIES.

PREVIOUSLY, ON… is a new fun and original TV trivia game that challenges players to identify the TV show from just three visual ...

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