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Himesh Patel in YESTERDAY

Himesh Patel as Jack Malk in YESTERDAY. Photo Credit: Jonathan Prime, Universal Pictures

Charming, warm, and pleasantly surprising, YESTERDAY is a joyous ride through the back catalogue of The Beatles even if the leads fail to leave a lasting impression

3.5 out of 5 stars

Imagine a world without The Beatles. No John, Paul, George and Ringo. No Beatlemania. No Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band...

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Theatre Review: ADMISSIONS – The Lowry, Salford

Alex Kingston in ADMISSIONS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Alex Kingston as Sherri Rosen-Mason in ADMISSIONS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Despite its whip-smart script, Joshua Harmon’s ADMISSIONS fails to deliver on the laughs

3 out of 5 stars

Race, privilege and discrimination come under the microscope in Joshua Harmon’s new drama ADMISSIONS.

As Head of Admissions at an exclusive private school, Sherri Rosen-Mason (Alex Kingston) has made it her life’s work to increase diversity at the school...

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Things To Do: BURGERS AND BEATS – Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester

Burgers and Beats Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe launch their new menu including the new 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger – but what does it taste like?

With the likes of Almost Famous, Solita’s and Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn all vying for the title of Best Burger in Manchester, it takes something truly special to stand out from the crowd...

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Theatre Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast in THE BOOK OF MORMON UK Tour

The cast in THE BOOK OF MORMON UK Tour. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

Profane, offensive yet side-splittingly funny, THE BOOK OF MORMON is worth the hype, its buoyant and infectious score paying homage to the golden age of Broadway

5 out of 5 stars

When the producers behind THE BOOK OF MORMON announced their first UK tour was to open at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, my popularity went through the roof...

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Sir Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne talks about his interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless play ROMEO AND JULIET and his drive to engage and support young talent

Packed with drama and emotion, Matthew Bourne captures the essence and power of young love and passion in his latest production...

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Theatre Review: THE EXONERATED – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The cast of THE EXONERATED at Hope Mill Theatre

The cast of THE EXONERATED at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Shay Rowan

Blending live theatre with filmed footage, THE EXONERATED is a powerful and poignant piece about the American criminal justice system gone wrong

4 out of 5 stars

Imagine being accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Now imagine being sentenced to death for that crime, left to rot on death row as you desperately wait a reprieve which may never come...

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Theatre Review: HOBSON’S CHOICE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Tony Jayawardena as Hari Hobson in HOBSON'S CHOICE

Tony Jayawardena as Hari Hobson in HOBSON’S CHOICE. Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

Tanika Gupta breathes new life into Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy HOBSON’S CHOICE in this sharp and witty Ugandan-Asian adaptation

4.5 out of 5 stars

HOBSON’S CHOICE has become a bit of a fixture in theatrical repertoire. Since its premiere in 1915, the classic comedy has been revived and reimagined many times, with adaptions for film, TV and even a ballet...

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Theatre Review: CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester


Camp, cheesy and full of fun, CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL is the 1980s answer to LOVE ISLAND

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever since I saw George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley live it up in the so-called ‘Club Tropicana’, I’ve wanted to go. After all, this is a place where drinks are free and there’s fun and sunshine enough for everyone. So when the producers of hit UK tour HAIRSPRAY decided to make a brand-new 80s musical inspired by the Wham! hit, I was naturally in.

Set at the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel in Majo...

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Things To Do: CHESHIRE FEST 2019 – Manchester Rugby Club

Cheshire Fest 2019

With its packed programme of live entertainment, food and drink, CHESHIRE FEST is bigger and better than ever before

4 out of 5 stars

The good old Mancunian weather didn’t stop the crowds from attending CHESHIRE FEST this weekend as the annual family fun festival makes a welcome return to Manchester Rugby Club on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June.

Following the phenomenal success of last year festival, this year sees the ground increased by twice the size with a larger Main Stage, an all-new Acoustic Stage,...

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Theatre Review: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – A ROAD MUSICAL – The Lowry, Salford

Lily Mae Denman, Sev Koeshgerian, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Paul Keating, Gary Wilmot & Gabriel Vick in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Original London Cast of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

James Lapine and William Finn’s stage adaption of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may not boast the charm or warmth of the original film but a strong cast performance help pull it through

2.5 out of 5 stars

I’ve never seen the 2006 film LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE but I’m reliably informed that it’s a sad, sweet and strange film that is worth revisiting time and time again...

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