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Theatre Review: BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Roger Bart as Doc Brown in BACK TO THE FUTURE

Olly Dobson (Marty McFly) & Roger Bart (Doc Brown) in BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Sean Ebsowrth Barnes

Staying true to the original film with a few surprises here and there, BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL is a near-perfect show

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s easy to understand why many BACK TO THE FUTURE fans were initially dubious when creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis first announced they were bringing the cult classic to the big stage...

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Theatre Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s SWAN LAKE – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production of SWAN LAKE is as atmospheric as it is beautiful

5 out of 5 stars

Birmingham Royal Ballet make a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry with a lavish revival of Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s 1981 production of SWAN LAKE.

Composed by Tchaikovsky in 1875, SWAN LAKE tells the story of the doomed love between Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette...

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Theatre Review: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON – The Lowry, Salford

Will Barton as Boris Johnson in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON

Will Barton as Boris Johnson in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Jonathan’s Maitland’s timely comedy THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON has all the makings of a compelling political satire but soon runs out of steam

3 out of 5 stars

Jonathan Maitland’s timely comedy THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON broke box office records during its run at London’s Park Theatre in spring last year...

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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: 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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