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Theatre Review: Pretty Woman: The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Elly Jay and Oliver Savile in PRETTY WOMAN UK Tour. Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

With standout performances and a feel-good vibe, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL brings a refreshing take but is unlikely to rival musical theatre classics.

3 out of 5 stars

Another hit movie has been made into a modern-day musical. Following in the footsteps of DIRTY DANCING, GHOST and BACK TO THE FUTURE, PRETTY WOMAN, the 1990 smash-hit rom-com, takes to Manchester’s Palace Theatre as a musical for the first time.

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Theatre Review: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – The Lowry, Salford

The company of EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is the definition of a musical that will leave you feeling ‘bloody good’ at the end.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s true; everybody is talking about Jamie… they’re talking about how fabulously talented this new cast is as it hits The Lowry’s stage.

Based on the true story of Jamie New, “the boy who learned to fly,” EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE follows his journey to find himself and take the lea...

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Theatre Review: ROCK OF AGES – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of ROCK OF AGES. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Despite its catchy score and talented ensemble, ROCK OF AGES tries too hard to be funny, sexual, and different in its 2023 farewell tour.

3.5 out of 5 stars

After making its debut on the West End in 2011 and being adapted to film in 2012, ROCK OF AGES takes its final bow in its 2023 farewell tour.

The Sunset Strip is home to dreamers, rockers, and the infamous Bourbon Room, where Drew (Sam Turrell) fantasises of becoming a rock and roll legend...

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Theatre Review: THE BOOK THIEF – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Niamh Palmer and the Ensemble of THE BOOK THIEF.

Niamh Palmer and the Ensemble of THE BOOK THIEF. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Full of heart, passion, and optimism, THE BOOK THIEF is a musical production that needs to be seen.

5 out of 5 stars

Having started as a novel published in 2005, then adapted to a feature film in 2013, THE BOOK THIEF now takes to the stage as a musical, beginning its journey on Bolton Octagon’s stage.

Set in Nazi Germany during the Second World War, THE BOOK THIEF follows young Liesel, who finds solace within words and books, words th...

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Theatre Review: The Glass Menagerie – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

5 out of 5 stars

More than two years later, The Glass Menagerie finally takes to The Royal Exchange stage. With rehearsals due to start in March 2020, this adaptation of Tennessee William’s play was put on hold due to the dreaded Covid. But now, two years later the full team return with a play that is now only more poignant.

Tennessee Williams is known as one of the greatest American playwrights, his works include; A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer and another popular title, and previously adapte...

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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: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS – The Lowry, Salford

Dianne Pikington (Miss Eglantine Price) Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Dianne Pikington in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

From set and costume design to choreography and stage trickery, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS leaves you seriously questioning the existence of magic.

4 out of 5 stars

Another Disney film to become a stage production, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, flies into Salford’s The Lowry this week, but who needs movie magic when you’ve got the magic of theatre?

The brand-new musical takes audiences on a journey of wonder through magical lands, past perilous...

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Theatre Review: BLUEBELLE – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of BLUEBELLE

The cast of BLUEBELLE UK Tour. Photo Credit: Chris Nash

Intimate, contemporary and haunting at times, BLUEBELLE is an imaginative piece of visual storytelling that draws you in with all your senses.

4 out of 5 stars

BLUEBELLE is a folklore-inspired production from leading visual theatre company, Theatre Re. The non-verbal production was developed in collaboration with deaf and Visual Vernacular artists to create a powerful, visual story accessible to d/Deaf audiences without the need for BSL interpretation.

The...

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Theatre Review: BALLET BLACK – The Lowry, Salford

BALLET BLACK

Delivering a seamless performance from start to finish, the BALLET BLACK double bill provides a diverse offering that all dance audiences can enjoy

4 out of 5 stars

BALLET BLACK returns to Salford’s The Lowry, with a double bill of thrilling dance to captivate your senses.

Cassa Pancho’s professional British ballet company celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent and is making a fundamental change in the diversity of classical British ballet – the company even created the first UK-made pointe shoes fo...

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Theatre Review: ROCK OF AGES – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of ROCK OF AGES UK Tour 2021

The cast of ROCK OF AGES UK Tour 2021. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Despite some issues with its staging, ROCK OF AGES makes for a high energy, feel-good and entertaining evening for fans of rock music

3 out of 5 stars

Grab your leather pants and eyeliner, and ready your best air guitar as the 80’s jukebox rock musical ROCK OF AGES heads to town.

Set to the songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists who underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood, ROCK OF AGES follows small-town girl Sherri...

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