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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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Music Review: The Overtones CHRISTMAS PARTY – The Lowry, Salford

With nine sold-out UK tours under their belt, The Overtones prove that they’ve learnt a thing or two about throwing a CHRISTMAS PARTY

4 out of 5 stars

Over the past few years, its become somewhat of a tradition to see The Overtones at Christmas. Almost every year since 2015, the multi-platinum-selling vocal harmony group have performed a Christmas show, taking their trademark sense of celebration and party on the road. 2019 is no exception.

Bounding onto stage dressed in sharp white suits and black ties, The ...

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Theatre Review: GYPSY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY.

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” once again for the Royal Exchange with their wild and magnificent Christmas production of GYPSY

4.5 out of 5 stars

From GUYS AND DOLLS and SWEET CHARITY to THE PRODUCERS, it’s fair to say that Royal Exchange Theatre has a bit of a reputation for redefining Broadway musicals...

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Theatre Review: THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Paul Greenwood and Ryan Kopel in The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit

Paul Greenwood & Ryan Kopel in THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

While THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT isn’t without its flaws, it is a show with immense promise

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever wondered whatever became of Tiny Tim after the events of A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Hope Mill Theatre answers this very question with their latest production of THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT, a Victorian sequel to the Charles Dickens’ classic.

Set almost a decade after the events...

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KNIVES OUT Film Review

The Cast of KNIVES OUT

Rian Johnson delivers a gem of a film with his spirited and inventive homage to the ‘whodunnit’ genre with his latest feature KNIVES OUT

4 out of 5 stars

Taking a break between filming STAR WARS sequels, writer-director Rian Johnson pulls out a gem of a film with his spirited and inventive homage to the ‘whodunnit’ genre, KNIVES OUT.

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit...

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Music Review: Squeeze THE DIFFORD AND TILBROOK SONGBOOK 2019 – The Lowry, Salford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook may have been writing together for 45 years but the pair sound as sharp as ever on the Squeeze tour

4 out of 5 stars

As Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook belt out their 1979 hit UP THE JUNCTION, it’s hard to believe that the pair have been writing together for 45 years...

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Theatre Review: ON YOUR FEET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

What ON YOUR FEET lacks in drama, it more than makes up for with its music

3.5 out of 5 stars

You may not know the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan but you’ll certainly know their sound. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine topped the charts with their unique Latin-dance vibe, selling an estimated 115 million records worldwide and bagging three Grammy awards on the way...

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Theatre Review: AVENUE Q – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of AVENUE Q UK Tour

Filthy, foul-mouthed and incredibly funny, AVENUE Q  is not the kind of puppet show you take your kids to see

4 out of 5 stars

As a long-time theatre reviewer, I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me this long to see AVENUE Q. The Tony award-winning musical comedy first arrived in the UK back in 2006, spending two years in London’s West End before setting out on tour. Now, for the third time, AVENUE Q is back, with a new production directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré.

Best described as an X-rate...

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