ROCKETMAN Film Review

Taron Egerton as Elton John in ROCKETMAN (2019)

Taron Egerton as Elton John in ROCKETMAN (2019). Photo Credit: David Appleby © 2018 Paramount Pictures

Dexter Fletcher’s ROCKETMAN takes a brutal look back at Elton John’s hedonistic lifestyle in a film as flamboyant as its subject

4 out of 5 stars

Fresh from the success of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Director Dexter Fletcher returns to the big screen with his latest biopic, ROCKETMAN, an exciting, explosive and exuberant tribute to music legend Elton John.

Described as a “musical fantasy”, ROCKETMAN follows the si...

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Theatre Review: Northern Ballet’s THE GREAT GATSBY – The Lowry, Salford

Northern Ballet THE GREAT GATSBY

Northern Ballet deliver a new and fresh twist to a classical ballet with THE GREAT GATSBY

4 out of 5 stars

The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald. A story a majority of us know and love. The classic American novel about the mysterious millionaire who has an affinity for lavish parties and good-looking women. Set in the 1920s, Gatsby’s exotic lifestyle is twisted by his loneliness, obsession and pre-war time memories and lest we not forget, the ever-dazzling Daisy Buchanan.

Northern Ballet take to the stage i...

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Theatre Review: Northern Broadsides MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – The Lowry, Salford

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade and Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade & Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. © Nobby Clark

Northern Broadsides’ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a parade of good humour, joy, deceit and forgiveness wrapped up in a Britain facing war

4 out of 5 stars

This Northern Broadsides production is Conrad Nelson’s last directorial role for the company, and he has done well to bring out the comedy and the tragedy of Shakespeare’s play, by interspersing 1940s world war songs and dances with the complex language of Shakespe...

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Theatre Review: EDUCATING RITA – The Lowry, Salford

Jessica Johnson and Stephen Tompkinson in EDUCATING RITA

Drawing on every emotion to produce a profoundly moving yet hilarious two-hander, EDUCATING RITA feels as fresh, vibrant and relevant today as it did nearly 40 years ago

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Willy Russell has a knack for creating human stories. From BLOOD BROTHERS and SHIRLEY VALENTINE to OUR DAY OUT and STAGS AND HENS, his plays just seem to strike a chord no matter what their age, as David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Theatre by the Lake’s latest touring version of EDUCATING RITA deftly demo...

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Theatre Review: THE KING AND I – Opera House, Manchester

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I UK Tour

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Bartlett Sher handles this politically tricky piece with care, respect and skill to deliver a wonderfully lush and beautifully staged revival of THE KING AND I that is a joy to watch

4 out of 5 stars

Following its multi-award winning run on Broadway and its record-breaking sold-out season at the London Palladium, American director Bartlett Sher brings his revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I to Manche...

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Music Review: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Lowry, Salford

ukulele orchestra of great Britain

Mixing light-hearted entertainment with dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music, its easy to see why the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a national treasure

5 out of 5 stars

Straight off the back of their US tour, George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is primed and ready for a run of dates across the UK...

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INTERVIEW: Joe McFadden and Rita Simons Talk THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Rita Simons and Joe McFadden in THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Rita Simons and Joe McFadden in THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

BAFTA-nominated actor Joe McFadden and award-winning actress Rita Simons talk about their roles in Peter James’ spine-tingling new thriller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Peter James’ spine-tingling new thriller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL heads to Manchester’s Opera House next month as part of a new UK tour.

Starring BAFTA-nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017, Joe McFadden and award-winning actr...

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Theatre Review: HOME, I’M DARLING – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I'M DARLING

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I’M DARLING. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

E-bay, the internet and mobile phones meet the 1950s in HOME, I’M DARLING

3 out of 5 stars

Laura Wade’s witty comedy brings to life one woman’s desire to be the perfect 1950s housewife in a world where fetching her husband’s slippers and descaling the taps with lemon juice is all part of the daily routine.

The married couple decide to take on a nostalgic way of life, immersing themselves in a fantasy world which slowly seems t...

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Theatre Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Kira Malou (Baby) Michael O'Reilly (Johnny) in DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE.

Kira Malou & Michael O’Reilly in DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

Loyally sticking to the film, DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE dazzles thanks to its stunning choreography and ingenious staging

4 out of 5 stars

As a child of the 80s, I’m not ashamed to say that DIRTY DANCING is one of my favourite films of all time...

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets for SOMETHING ABOUT SIMON at Bolton Albert Halls

SOMETHING ABOUT SIMON

Win 2 x tickets to see SOMETHING ABOUT SIMON on Saturday 27 April at Bolton Albert Halls

Ahead of its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singer-songwriter Gary Edward Jones brings his brand new show SOMETHING ABOUT SIMON to Bolton’s Albert Halls this Saturday.

Based on the life and songs of Paul Simon, SOMETHING ABOUT SIMON combines visuals, stage design and music to tell the unique story of this musical legend.

From classic ballads like THE SOUND OF SILENCE, AMERICA and KATHY’S SONG, to...

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