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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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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 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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LipService deliver a hilarious pastiche mash-up with MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT


Clever, witty and delightfully silly, MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT is a hilarious pastiche mash-up of plots and characters from the world of women writers

On the 200th anniversary of her death, literary spoof specialists LipService turn to Jane Austen for inspiration for their latest show, MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT.

Delivered in true LipService style, MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT takes Austen’s most famous novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and turns it completely on its head...

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Theatre Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY – The Lowry, Salford

The Addams Family Musical UK Tour

The cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo Credit: Matt Martin

What THE ADDAMS FAMILY lacks in drama and narrative, it more than makes up for in atmosphere and cast

With the possible exception of THE FLINTSTONES and THE SIMPSONS, few fictional families are as iconic as THE ADDAMS FAMILY...

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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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Theatre Review: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – The Lowry, Salford

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

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN remains undoubtedly charming and heart-warming despite its technical difficulties

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 ...

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Theatre Review: WAITING FOR GOD – The Lowry, Salford

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

WAITING FOR GOD gracefully transitions from screen to stage

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 screen...

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

Eddie Izzard BELIEVE ME Tour

Comedian, actor, activist and Eddie Izzard brings his new memoir BELIEVE ME to the stage

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 boardi...

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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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