Theatre Review: A MONSTER CALLS – The Lowry, Salford

Ammar Duffus (Conor) and Keith Gilmore (Monster) in A MONSTER CALL.S

Ammar Duffus (Conor) and Keith Gilmore (Monster) in A MONSTER CALL.S Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Using performance art, music and movement, Sally Cookson brings to life Patrick Ness’ emotional, thought-provoking and inspiring bestseller A MONSTER CALLS to life on stage

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve never read Patrick Ness’ bestseller A MONSTER CALLS or seen the hit 2016 film starring Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, so when Sally Cookson’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation announced it was heading out on a ne...

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Theatre Review: CABARET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

John Partridge as Emcee in CABARET. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

John Partridge as Emcee in CABARET. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Using the Kit Kat Club as a metaphor, Rufus Norris delivers a visual spectacle with CABARET

4 out of 5 stars

It’s testament to the popularity of hit musical CABARET that the Bill Kenwright’s production is back on the road just two years after its last UK tour starring Will Young and Louise Redknapp.

Set in Berlin in 1931, the multiple Tony award-winning musical follows American writer Cliff Bradshaw who stumbles across the seedy Kit Kat Cl...

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DARK WATERS Film Review

Mark Ruffalo in Dark Waters (2019)

Director Todd Haynes takes a somewhat different turn with his latest feature DARK WATERS, a whistleblower drama about corporate corruption

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that DARK WATERS isn’t your typical Todd Haynes movie. The American Director, best known for his pioneering queer cinema and inventive cinematic style, takes a somewhat different turn with his latest feature, DARK WATERS, a whistleblower drama about corporate corruption.

Based on a true story, DARK WATERS follows Robert Bilott (Mark Ruff...

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Theatre Review: GHOST STORIES – The Lowry, Salford

GHOST STORIES

With its hair-raising special effects, dramatic lighting and spine-tingling storytelling, GHOST STORIES makes for a terrifyingly terrific evening

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s been 10 years since GHOST STORIES made its debut in London. Since then, it has moved to the West End, toured the globe and has even been made into a successful film in 2017 starring Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse...

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Theatre Review: THRILLER LIVE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

David Julien in THRILLER LIVE

Despite its loose narrative, THRILLER LIVE successfully pays homage to the King of Pop

3 out of 5 stars

It’s been nearly 11 years since Michael Jackson died but as the audience took to their seats in Manchester’s Palace Theatre for the press night of THRILLER LIVE, it’s clear to see his legacy still lives on. 

An icon of the 20th Century, Jackson began his career enjoying chart-topping success with his brothers in the Motown era as the Jackson 5, before embarking on a solo career in 1971...

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Theatre Review: BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY – The Lowry, Salford

Despite its lacklustre plot, BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY makes for an enjoyable evening thanks to its talented cast and glorious soundtrack

3 out of 5 stars

When BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY opened in London in 1989, it was one of the earliest examples of the now wildly popular jukebox musical. 30 years later, the musical is back on tour to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The show tells the story of Buddy Holly’s rise to fame and his 18 months of stardom before his tragic death.

Set between January 1956...

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Theatre Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU UK Tou

The cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU UK Tour. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Subtle changes to the script, set and cast give WE WILL ROCK YOU a fresh edge for 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars

As crowds descended on Manchester’s Palace Theatre for the opening night of WE WILL ROCK YOU, it’s hard to believe that this very musical was pounded by the critics when it first made its debut back in 2002...

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Theatre Review: Kay Mellor’s BAND OF GOLD – The Lowry, Salford

Emma Osman, Laurie Brett and Gaynor Faye in BAND OF GOLD.

Emma Osman, Laurie Brett and Gaynor Faye in BAND OF GOLD. Photo Credit: Robling Photography

Despite its brisk pace, BAND OF GOLD shines an important light on the realities of poverty, domestic abuse and the sex industry

3.5 out of 5 stars

25 years after it was first broadcast on ITV, multi-award-winning crime drama BAND OF GOLD makes its world premiere on the stage.

Inspired by research into the lives and experiences of sex workers on the streets of Leeds and Bradford, BAND OF GOLD tells the story of four wom...

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Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical – The Lowry, Salford

2019 Cast of Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical

Despite its repetitive score, this musical production of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is as pretty as a picture

3 out of 5 stars

The wet weather, a football match and a general election didn’t stop the residents of Manchester and Salford from getting in the festive mood as they headed to The Lowry for HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS the musical.

Based on the beloved Dr Seuss tale, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS follows the mean-spirited and scheming Grinch who lives just north of the whimsical town of W...

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Theatre Review: THE BODYGUARD – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Paul Coltas

Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

Best described as a cross between a pop concert, a musical and a night at the movies, THE BODYGUARD is an adrenaline-fuelled stage version of the hit 1992 film

4 out of 5 stars

Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out 2015 UK tour, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron in award-winning musical THE BODYGUARD.

Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, THE BODYGUARD tells the story of...

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