Theatre Review: THE GOOD LIFE – The Lowry, Salford

Rufus Hound as Tom in THE GOOD LIFE

Rufus Hound as Tom in THE GOOD LIFE. Photo Credit: Dan Tsantilis

A strong cast performance and delightful staging help to keep THE GOOD LIFE engaging, even if the comedy fails to generate the genuine belly laughs that the original generated

3 out of 5 stars

With sustainability and climate change high on the UK’s agenda, you can see why Adapter and Director Jeremy Sams decided to bring THE GOOD LIFE to the stage. After all, if the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of self-sufficiency.

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Theatre Review: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The cast of BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

With its dazzling effects, accomplished puppetry, catchy score and excellent cast performance, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS is a feast for eyes and ears.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s been 50 years since Disney’s BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS cast its spell on the big screen. Often unfairly regarded as the poor relation to MARY POPPINS due to its similarities in style and song, this magical musical has taken a good while to make it onto the stage...

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Theatre Review: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger in TELL ME ON A SUNDAY.

Jodie Prenger in TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY may be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lesser-known musicals, yet this one-woman, one-act show still boasts plenty of charm.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Originally conceived for television, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY may be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lesser-known musicals. Yet this one-woman, one-act show still boasts plenty of charm, as Jodie Prenger beautifully demonstrates in its latest UK tour. 

Set in the heady days of the 1980s, TEL...

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Theatre Review: DEATH DROP – The Lowry, Manchester

Featuring an international cast of famous faces, DEATH DROP is a colourful mash-up of murder mystery drama, energetic comedy and a refined panto musical, dusted with drag sparkle.

5 out of 5 stars

Arm yourself with sequins, put on those killer heels, and girl grab your wig because drag queen sensations are in town, and there is a murder on the loose.

Set in 1991 on the 10th wedding anniversary of Charles and Princess Diana, DEATH DROP follows a glorious mix of guests who are mysteriously invited to the elusive...

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Theatre Review: GREASE – Opera House, Manchester

Nikolai Foster latest touring production of GREASE brings a fresh, contemporary edge to the cult classic, paying homage to the original stage production. 

4 out of 5 stars

Considering the worldwide success of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, it’s easy to forget that GREASE started life on stage in Chicago seven years earlier.

Yet Nikolai Foster’s new touring production proves that there’s much to love about the original, stripping this cult musical back to its source material witho...

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Theatre Review: BALLET BLACK – The Lowry, Salford

BALLET BLACK

Delivering a seamless performance from start to finish, the BALLET BLACK double bill provides a diverse offering that all dance audiences can enjoy

4 out of 5 stars

BALLET BLACK returns to Salford’s The Lowry, with a double bill of thrilling dance to captivate your senses.

Cassa Pancho’s professional British ballet company celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent and is making a fundamental change in the diversity of classical British ballet – the company even created the first UK-made pointe shoes fo...

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Theatre Review: GREASE – Opera House, Manchester

GREASE THE MUSICAL hand jives it’s way to Manchester’s Opera House for an evening of fun, audience vocal participation and bum shaking

4.5 out of 5 stars

It is 43 years to the day that YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT was top of the UK and US Billboard charts. I know this as it number one the day I was born and tonight’s show hits that anniversary too!

GREASE THE MUSICAL hand jives it’s way to Manchester’s Opera House with special guest star Peter Andre playing selected dates as the ethereal Teen Angel and quirk...

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Theatre Interview: RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara talk DEATH DROP

Willam in DEATH DROP

RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara talk about DEATH DROP, a full-scale murder mystery starring some of the most celebrated drag performers

A group of strangers is invited to a remote island for a dinner to celebrate Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tenth wedding anniversary. No one knows the host or why they have been summoned. But before they can figure it out, they start dying. Mysteriously. One by one...

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BFI #LFF 2021: MASS Film Review

Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs in Mass (2021)

In his directorial debut, Fran Kranz’s opts for a theatrical approach with his new film MASS, a boilerplate chamber drama held together by its incredible performances.

4 out of 5 stars

The parents of two boys involved in a school shooting strive for closure in Fran Kranz’s riveting directorial debut, MASS.

Set six years after a fictional school shooting that took 11 lives, the victim’s parents, Jay (Jason Isaacs) and Gail (Martha Plimpton) reach out to the parents of the shooter, Linda (Ann Dowd) and Richa...

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BFI #LFF 2021: BOILING POINT Film Review

Stephen Graham in Boiling Point

Shot in one single, continuous take, Director-Writer Philip Barantini dazzles with his new thriller BOILING POINT.

4 out of 5 stars

Following his award-winning short and feature debut VILLAIN (2020), actor-turned-director Philip Barantini dazzles with his new thriller BOILING POINT, which screens at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Taking place across an incredibly hectic evening at a top London restaurant, BOILING POINT follows Andy (Stephen Graham), an emotionally damaged and drug-addicted head chef wh...

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