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THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alex Lodge and the cast of The Osmonds A New Musical.

Alex Lodge and the cast of THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith

Driven by some energetic and infectious performances, THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL gives us a glimpse into Osmond family life but barely digs beneath the surface.

3.5 out of 5 stars

With more than 100m record sales to their name and a wealth of hit songs in their back catalogue, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for an official Osmonds musical to take to the stage… until now.

THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL tells the story of five brother...

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Theatre Review: SOUTH PACIFIC – Opera House, Manchester

Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Sera Maehara (Liat) & Rob Houchen (Joe Cable) in SOUTH PACIFIC.

Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Sera Maehara (Liat) & Rob Houchen (Joe Cable) in SOUTH PACIFIC. Photo: Johan Persson

Juxtaposing the lushness of the piece with an underlying threat of violent bigotry, Daniel Evans’ vibrant production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC emphasises the anti-racist message of the 1949 Broadway hit.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Following a successful run in 2021, Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC launches at Manchest...

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Theatre Review: SISTER ACT – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of SISTER ACT

The cast of SISTER ACT. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Big, bold and bright, SISTER ACT plays to its strengths, making this feel-good musical worthy of its new run.

4 out of 5 stars

Following its postponed run in 2021, the eagerly anticipated brand-new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical SISTER ACT finally makes its premiere at Manchester’s Palace Theatre ahead of a major London run.

Based on the hit 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, SISTER ACT follows club singer Deloris Van Cartier who is pu...

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Theatre Review: CLUEDO – The Lowry, Salford

The ensemble cast of CLUEDO UK Tour 2022.

The ensemble cast of CLUEDO UK Tour 2022. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

Despite some uneven pacing, CLUEDO makes for a fun and nostalgic evening of entertainment.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Everyone’s favourite murder mystery board game takes to the stage this Summer, with a new UK tour of CLUEDO.

Based on the hit 1985 film CLUE and inspired by the classic board game, CLUEDO follows six distinguished guests who are invited to dinner one dark and stormy night by the mysterious Mr Boddy.

As the night progresses, it soon becom...

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Theatre Review: ANYTHING GOES – Palace Theatre, Manchester

With its show-stopping dance routines, stunning set, and all-star cast, ANYTHING GOES makes for a delightful, delicious and ‘de-lovely’ production.

5 out of 5 stars

Following its sell-out run at the Barbican in London, Kathleen Marshall’s award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES makes a welcome return in 2022 as it heads out on a UK tour with an all-new cast.

Based on the songs of Cole Porter, ANYTHING GOES follows the lives of various passengers abroad ocean liner SS American from New York to London...

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Theatre Review: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Opera House, Manchester

Cast of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN UK Tour

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

With its fabulous score, inventive choreography, and high production values, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is a joyous celebration of musical theatre.

5 out of 5 stars

It may have been 10 years since Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN was first brought to life at Chichester Festival Theatre, but this fabulous fast-footed feast is still capable of making a splash as it heads to Manchester’s Opera House as part of a n...

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INTERVIEW: The Barricade Boys talk about their new UK tour

THE BARRICADE BOYS

The Barricade Boys. Photo Credit: Ollie Boito

Stage stars The Barricade Boys set to bring West End quality home with a new tour.

In the musical theatre world, is there a greater stamp of quality than having the incredible, epic musical LES MISERABLES on a performer’s CV?

That’s the question The Barricade Boys aim to answer with a resounding “YES” as they head out on the road this year, with dates in Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Ipswich, Basingstoke, Bath and Chepsto...

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Theatre Review: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo: Johan Persson

With its spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a joy to watch, evoking the nostalgia, magic, and charm of the original film

5 out of 5 stars

A refreshed version of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this month, boasting spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology to bring the beloved tale to life.

Based on the 1...

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OPERATION MINCEMEAT Film Review

Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, and Johnny Flynn in Operation Mincemeat (2021)
Blending high-level espionage with ingenious fiction, OPERATION MINCEMEAT is a lavish, well told, old-fashioned war story about the greatest weapon in war – deception.

4 out of 5 stars

It is said that the greatest weapon in war is deception, and if John Madden’s latest spy thriller OPERATION MINCEMEAT is anything to go by, it certainly is true.

Set in 1943 during World War 2, OPERATION MINCEMEAT tells the extraordinary true story of an elaborate plan to deceive Hitler into believing English forces intend to la...

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Theatre Review: LES MISERABLES – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of in LES MISERABLES UK Tour 2022.

The cast of in LES MISERABLES UK Tour 2022. Photo: Danny Kaan

Reworked for a modern audience, LES MISERABLES is one of the most memorable interpretations yet, thanks to its spectacular set-pieces, stunning special effects, and superb cast performance.

5 out of 5 stars

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of LES MISÉRABLES heads to Salford’s The Lowry this month for a four-week run as part of a new 2022 tour.

Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, LES MISÉRABLES is a gripping story of love, loyalty and lo...

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