Theatre Review: THE BAND – The Lowry, Salford

Yazdan Qafouri, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, AJ Bentley and Sario Solomon in THE BAND.

Yazdan Qafouri, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, AJ Bentley & Sario Solomon in THE BAND. © Matt Crockett

Warm, funny and affectionate, THE BAND successfully captures what it means to be a music fan

I remember the day Take That announced they were splitting up like it was yesterday. It was 13 February 1996 and I was 12 years old. I remember seeing girls crying on the TV, not really understanding what all the fuss was about...

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INTERVIEW: Alison Fitzjohn Talks THE BAND

Alison Fitzjohn as Claire in THE BAND

Alison Fitzjohn as Claire in THE BAND. Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Alison Fitzjohn talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the role of Claire in THE BAND and why the new musical appeals to so many people

Following praise from critics and audiences across the UK and a successful run in London’s West End, the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time – THE BAND – makes a welcome return to the North West this week as part of an extended UK tour.

Written by Tim Firth and featuring th...

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INTERVIEW: Adam Meggido Talks SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL

SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL

Co-creator and director Adam Meggido talks about SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL and the inspiration behind the show

Following a successful eleven-year run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as a BBC Radio 4 series and a critically acclaimed run in London’s West End, must-see phenomenon SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL heads out on a UK tour.

Created from scratch at each performance, the award-winning show sees a group of incredible performers turn audience suggestions into all...

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Theatre Review: ROY HEMMINGS – THE SOUNDS OF PHILADELPHIA AND MOTOWN, The Lowry, Salford

Roy Hemmings - The Sounds of Philadelphia and Motown

Original Drifters member Roy G Hemming’s brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic Labels Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic, in one action-packed show

Ex-Drifter Roy Hemmings has merged three American labels to mix a concert overspilling with a soulful sixties sound...

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INTERVIEW: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Talk TRIAL BY LAUGHTER

TRIAL BY LAUGHTER. Photo Credit: Philip Tull

The cast of TRIAL BY LAUGHTER. Photo Credit: Philip Tull

Writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about taking their new play TRIAL BY LAUGHTER out on tour

Following the sell-out success of THE WIPERS TIMES in London’s West End, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take their new play TRIAL BY LAUGHTER out on tour with a week-long run at Salford’s The Lowry later this month.

Inspired by real-life events, TRIAL BY LAUGHTER follows the trial of bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone who in 181...

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INTERVIEW: Gary Barlow Talks THE BAND

Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Photo Credit: Jay Brooks

Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Photo Credit: Jay Brooks

Take That’s Gary Barlow talks about pride, pep talks, pin-ups and taking stage musical THE BAND out on tour

After a successful London run, new stage musical THE BAND makes a welcome return to the North West for a two-week run at Salford’s The Lowry.

Written by the Olivier award-winning writer Tim Firth, THE BAND tells the story of a group of girls who reunite after 25 years apart to fulfil their dream of meeting...

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Theatre Review: AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN AT CHRISTMAS – The Lowry, Salford

An Evening With Eric and Ern

AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN AT CHRISTMAS is a brilliant homage to the much-loved comedy act of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise

Back in the 1970s, a Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special was as much as a TV tradition as the Queen’s speech. Drawing in audiences of more than 20 million a time, the comedy duo’s end-of-year Christmas shows became some of the highest-rated TV programmes of the era. More than 30 years later, TV may have changed but the nation’s love for Morecambe and Wise clearly hasn’t...

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Theatre Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

The cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ

The cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson

Selladoor Theatre bring the magic of THE WIZARD OF OZ to life in an artistic way at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens this Christmas

With its fantastic special effects, colourful set design and striking scenery, Selladoor Theatre has certainly worked hard to bring THE WIZARD OF OZ to life in a magical and artistic way this Christmas. 

Based on the children’s novel by L...

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Theatre Review: DOCTOR DOLITTLE – The Lowry, Salford

Doctor Dolittle the Musical Tour

With its visually striking sets and spectacular puppetry, DOCTOR DOLITTLE has plenty of awe-inspiring moments to keep the family entertained

More than 50 years after the release of the hit 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough, Leslie Bricusse’s acclaimed family musical DOCTOR DOLITTLE returns to the stage in a major new revival opening at Salford’s The Lowry this week.

Based on the children’s stories by Hugh Lofting, DOCTOR DOLITTLE tells ...

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Theatre Review: CINDERELLA – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of CINDERELLA at Manchester's Opera House

The cast of CINDERELLA at Manchester’s Opera House. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen Photography

With its marvellous costumes, silly script and fun musical numbers, CINDERELLA is a traditional pantomime that does not disappoint

It’s that time of year again, (oh no it isn’t…) and the Opera House Manchester does not disappoint with it’s glitzy and bold pantomime, CINDERELLA.

Everything you expect from a traditional panto is included here, with plenty of laughs, digs at the audience and convoluted...

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