INTERVIEW: Theatre Designer Tom Piper talks BAYADERE – THE NINTH LIFE

Tom Piper at the BLOOD-SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED poppy installation for Tower of London. Photo: Ian Ritchie

Tom Piper at the BLOOD-SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED Tower of London installation. Photo: Ian Ritchie

Frankly My Dear UK chats with award-winning theatre designer Tom Piper about his bold new stage design for BAYADERE – THE NINTH LIFE

Theatre designer Tom Piper has certainly had a varied career...

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COMPETITION: Win a Copy of Matt Bianco’s New Album GRAVITY

GRAVITY by Matt Bianco Album

Win a CD copy of Matt Bianco’s new album GRAVITY

To celebrate the release of their thirteenth studio album, Frankly My Dear UK is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of Matt Bianco’s new CD album GRAVITY.

Classy, cool and sophisticated, the new album revives Matt Bianco’s Bossa and Jazz roots and encapsulates the stylistic essence of the popular British jazz band.

Recorded live in the studio, the 11 track album features all-star band with noted British jazz musicians such as sa...

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

Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp in ALADDIN. Photo Credit: Bill Cooper

Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp in ALADDIN. Photo Credit: Bill Cooper

West End theatre meets classical ballet in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest production of ALADDIN

West End theatre meets classical ballet in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest production of ALADDIN, which flies into Salford this week for a four-night run at The Lowry.

Based on the Arab-style folktale of the same name, ALADDIN tells the story of a street urchin who frees a genie from a magical lamp and finds his wishes...

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Theatre Review: OUR TOWN – Royal Exchange, Manchester

OUR TOWN at Royal Exchange

Uniquely redefined for the present day, Sarah Frankcom’s revival of Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN is hauntingly beautiful

It is said that Thornton Wilder’s 1938 drama OUR TOWN is performed at least once every night somewhere in the world. Hardly surprising when you consider the Pulitzer Prize-winning depiction of ordinary life remains Wilder’s greatest and best-known work as a playwright.

Set between 1901 and 1913, OUR TOWN tells the story of Emily and George, two unremarkable teenagers g...

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COMPETITION: Win a Family Ticket to see FAUNA at The Lowry

FAUNA at The Lowry

Win a family ticket for contemporary circus show FAUNA at The Lowry

Frankly My Dear UK is offering one reader a chance to win a family ticket to see FAUNA at The Lowry on 21 or 22 September 2017.

Performed by five highly skilled International acrobats, FAUNA is a mesmerising contemporary circus show set to a brilliant live musical score.

The unique mixture of acrobatics, dance and movement sees five young dancers and circus performers transform their bodies into spiders, lemurs, tree frogs and ...

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Interview: Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Lachlan Monaghan and Yaoqian Shang talk ALADDIN

Yaoqian Shang and Lachlan Monaghan rehearse BRB's ALADDIN. Photo: Ty Singleton

Yaoqian Shang and Lachlan Monaghan rehearse Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ALADDIN. Photo: Ty Singleton

Lachlan Monaghan and Yaoqian Shang discuss their lead roles in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ALADDIN

The UK’s leading classical ballet touring company – Birmingham Royal Ballet – makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry this month with ALADDIN, a classic story about a street urchin who frees a genie from a magical lamp and finds his wishes granted.

In anticipation for their four night ru...

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Album Review: GRAVITY by Matt Bianco

GRAVITY by Matt Bianco Album

Classy, cool and sophisticated, GRAVITY encapsulates the stylistic essence of Matt Bianco

British jazz band Matt Bianco have had their fair share of ups and downs. After a run of UK chart singles between 1984 and 1989 including HALF A MINUTE, GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED, DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL / WAP-BAM-BOOGIE and YEH YEH, the group was struck by tragedy in December 2016 when their co-leader and keyboard player Mark Fisher died aged just 57...

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Theatre Review: LETTERS TO MORRISSEY – HOME, Manchester

Gary McNair in LETTERS TO MORRISSEY. Photo by David Moneith-Hodge

Powerful, funny and incredibly poignant, LETTERS TO MORRISSEY is a darkly comic and emotive coming-of-age story

Following its successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Gary McNair brings his one-man show LETTERS TO MORRISSEY to Manchester for a week long run at HOME.

LETTERS TO MORRISSEY starts back in 1997 with a lonely teenage McNair searching for understanding in a world of confusion...

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Theatre Review: HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES – The Lowry, Salford

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES UK Tour

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES is a hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps, social discord and misunderstandings

When HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES first made its premiere in 1970, it cemented Alan Ayckbourn’s career as a successful dramatist. Almost 50 years later, the comedy of confusion continues to entertain audiences, with the latest revival embarking on a national tour following its critically acclaimed run at London’s West End.

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES follows the lives of three couples: the w...

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Book Review: ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister

ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister Book Artwork

ANYTHING YOU DO SAY is a tense and thought-provoking thriller that will leave a lasting impression

One of the advantages of running an entertainment blog is discovering new material.  Every now and again, an exceptional film, album or book comes along that knocks you off your feet and ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister is one of them. 

ANYTHING YOU DO SAY follows the story of Joanna, a young woman from London, who on her way home after a night out, believes she is being followed...

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