Theatre Review: ANYTHING GOES – Palace Theatre, Manchester

With its show-stopping dance routines, stunning set, and all-star cast, ANYTHING GOES makes for a delightful, delicious and ‘de-lovely’ production.

5 out of 5 stars

Following its sell-out run at the Barbican in London, Kathleen Marshall’s award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES makes a welcome return in 2022 as it heads out on a UK tour with an all-new cast.

Based on the songs of Cole Porter, ANYTHING GOES follows the lives of various passengers abroad ocean liner SS American from New York to London...

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Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre later this year, Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical

Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event at the Palace Theatre with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical, due to land in Manchester in October this year.

Based on the 1994 animated Disney film, THE LION KING has brought its magic to our stages for over 23 years, first gracing our au...

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Theatre Review: NORTHERN BALLET’S CASANOVA – The Lowry, Salford

Joseph Taylor and Minju Kang in Northern Ballet's Casanova. Photo Credit Emma Kauldhar

Joseph Taylor and Minju Kang in Northern Ballet’s Casanova. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Enhanced perfectly by its opulent set and costume design, Northern Ballet’s CASANOVA is a sensual delight and a masterclass in balletic storytelling.

4 out of 5 stars

We all know the word Casanova; it’s thrown around when describing someone notorious for seducing women and having many lovers. The term originally comes from the Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, and many will not know his story...

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Theatre Review: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Opera House, Manchester


SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

With its fabulous score, inventive choreography, and high production values, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is a joyous celebration of musical theatre.

5 out of 5 stars

It may have been 10 years since Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN was first brought to life at Chichester Festival Theatre, but this fabulous fast-footed feast is still capable of making a splash as it heads to Manchester’s Opera House as part of a n...

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Theatre Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Opera House, Manchester

Scott Paige as Uncle Fester (centre) with the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Pamela Raith

Scott Paige and the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Despite its strong cast performance, THE ADDAMS FAMILY’s musical score lacks memorable melodies and spectacular harmonies to make it something special.

3 out of 5 stars

MOVE TOWARD THE DARKNESS and allow yourself to be PULLED in by THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Manchester’s Opera House: the distinct, gothic musical-comedy will have you laughing and falling in love in perfect synchronicity.

Wednesday Addams (Kingsley Morton) has fallen for a ‘norma...

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Vinnie Jones in The Bezonians

Despite its stand-out cast performance, THE BEZONIANS is let down by cliches, lack of character development and an incohesive plot.

2.5 out of 5 stars

The world of underground clubs and strong cultural groups is unknown to many...

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INTERVIEW: The Barricade Boys talk about their new UK tour


The Barricade Boys. Photo Credit: Ollie Boito

Stage stars The Barricade Boys set to bring West End quality home with a new tour.

In the musical theatre world, is there a greater stamp of quality than having the incredible, epic musical LES MISERABLES on a performer’s CV?

That’s the question The Barricade Boys aim to answer with a resounding “YES” as they head out on the road this year, with dates in Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Ipswich, Basingstoke, Bath and Chepsto...

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GRIMMFest Easter 2022: WOODLAND GREY Film Review

Chelsea Goldwater in Woodland Grey (2021)
Despite its frustratingly vague storyline, WOODLAND GREY is an unsettling slow burn, driven by a powerful cast performance and striking cinematography.

3 out of 5 stars

Canadian indie horror WOODLAND GREY is an unsettling slow-burn whose flame threatens to go out at any minute. It follows suspicious forest dweller, William (Ryan Blakely), as he stumbles upon the unconscious Emily (Jenny Raven) and attempts to nurse her back to health...

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GRIMMFEST Easter 2022: THE FAMILY Film Review


With striking visuals, grippingly intense performances, and a thrillingly unpredictable story, THE FAMILY is horror at its finest.

4 out of 5 stars

Family dynamics, religious oppression, and moral hypocrisy form the focus of Dan Slater’s uneasy and subtly gripping feature film THE FAMILY, which plays at GRIMMFest Easter this coming weekend.

Written by Adam Booth and Dan Slater, THE FAMILY follows a macabre religious cult that relies upon its members to pledge their allegiance to their god, Etan, through har...

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Theatre Review: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo: Johan Persson

With its spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a joy to watch, evoking the nostalgia, magic, and charm of the original film

5 out of 5 stars

A refreshed version of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this month, boasting spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology to bring the beloved tale to life.

Based on the 1...

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