Theatre Review: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Nigel Slater's TOAST

Fusing music and movement with smell and taste, Henry Filloux-Bennett’s adaption of Nigel Slater’s TOAST quietly stirs the soul and the senses

4 out of 5 stars

From the wafts of almost-burnt toast which fill the auditorium as the audience takes to their seats to the bags of old-fashioned sweets handed out midway through the performance, few theatre shows can claim to be as multi-sensory as Nigel Slater’s TOAST...

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Theatre Review: JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Michael Howe in JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA.

Michael Howe as Jerry Springer in JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA. Photo: Anthony Robling

Just like the TV talk show, JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA is not for the faint-hearted – or the easily offended – yet this controversial musical feels more relevant today than ever before

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA caused a bit of a stir when it last came to the UK back in 2006...

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Theatre Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

The cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. Photo Credit: Grand Theatre, Martin Bostock

The cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. Photo Credit: Grand Theatre, Martin Bostock

Set to 1980s anthems, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is a comical and light-hearted take on Jules Verne’s classic story

3.5 out of 5 stars

The show opens with the uplifting 80’s hit ‘Celebration’ and the audience immediately start clapping and singing along as Phileas Fogg and the five other cast members welcome us with their dancing and singing in their bright 80’s attire.

This comical and light hearted performance tells...

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Theatre Review: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Michael Fentiman brings Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film AMELIE to life on stage, delivering a fresh and new interpretation of this much-loved romantic comedy

4.5 out of 5 stars

Adapting a film into a musical can be a tricky business but Director Michael Fentiman has done an impressive job of bringing French movie AMELIE to the stage, delivering a fresh and new interpretation of this much-loved romantic comedy.

AMELIE is a music...

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INTERVIEW: Miriam-Teak Lee Talks & JULIET

Miriam-Teak Lee

Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the exciting lead role in brand new musical & JULIET

Vibrant new musical & JULIET opens at Manchester’s Opera House next month, flipping Shakespeare’s infamous love story on its head to prove that when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo.

Set to some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years from acclaimed songwriter Max Martin, including …BABY ONE MORE TIME, EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK), LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO and CAN’T FEEL MY FACE, & J...

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INTERVIEW: Director Michael Fentiman Talks AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and cast in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and cast in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Director Michael Fentiman talks about the challenges of adapting the hit film AMELIE for the stage

Five-star musical adaptation of 2001 Oscar-nominated film AMELIE heads to Manchester’s Opera House next week as part of a new UK tour.

AMELIE THE MUSICAL tells the story of a young woman with a gift for quietly bringing joy to those around her...

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Theatre Review: THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Nisa Cole & Katie West in THERE IS A LIGHT

Nisa Cole and Katie West in THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Using 21st-century technology, THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT is a vivid and passionate production about the Luddites and how they helped inspire the birth of Manchester’s radical political identity

4 out of 5 stars

As with every tale of political unrest, many of the statements feel relevant to our current political climate...

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INTERVIEW: Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac Talk AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Opera House, Audrey Brisson (Amelie) and Danny Mac (Nico) about the five-star musical adaptation of the hit film AMELIE

The musical version of hit film AMELIE heads to Manchester’s Opera House next week as part of a new UK tour.

Based on the 2001 Oscar-nominated of the same name, AMELIE tells the story of a young woman with a gift for quietly bringing joy to those around her.

Bu...

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Theatre Review: EARLY DOORS – The Lowry, Salford

Lisa Millett, Craig Cash, John Henshaw and Phil Mealey in EARLY DOORS

Lisa Millett, Craig Cash, John Henshaw and Phil Mealey in EARLY DOORS. Photo Credit: Nathan Cox

Staying true to the original, EARLY DOORS is packed full of witty one-liners, belly-laughs and a little old-fashioned crudity for a night of charm and nostalgia

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 15 years since the BBC called last orders on EARLY DOORS but there’s plenty of life still left in Craig Cash and Phil Mealey’s comedy as this Northern sitcom takes to the stage for the final time at Salford’s The Lowry.

Se...

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Theatre Review: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Imaginatively staged and beautifully performed, AMELIE THE MUSICAL is a visual treat, even if its score is a little forgettable

3.5 out of 5 stars

Much like the main character herself, stage musical AMELIE has had somewhat of a strange life...

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