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Theatre Review: NEVER LOST AT HOME – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich


The cast of NEVER LOST AT HOME. Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak

Inspired by real fan stories, NEVER LOST AT HOME is a musical celebration of family, community and football

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 40 years since Ipswich Town Football Club lifted the iconic UEFA cup, but for many fans, it still feels like yesterday, as Peter Rowe’s latest production NEVER LOST AT HOME demonstrates.

Inspired by fans’ real stories of the 1980-81 football season, NEVER LOST AT HOME follows the fictional Coombes family as they travel ...

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Theatre Interview: Jodie Prenger Talks TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Jodie Prenger in TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. Photo Credit: Watermill Newbury

Ahead of its run at Salford’s The Lowry, Jodie Prenger talks about TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, her role as Emma and what audiences can expect to see from the show

Following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A TASTE OF HONEY, ABIGAIL’S PARTY and CALAMITY JANE, Jodie Prenger makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY...

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Theatre Interview: Dianne Pilkington Talks BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS

Dianne Pilkington in Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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

Wigan-born actor Dianne Pilkington talks about taking on the iconic role of Miss Eglantine Price in Disney’s new stage musical BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS

Aren’t we due a bit of magic in our lives? Dianne Pilkington thinks so. She is staring in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, and she, for one, is thrilled to be dreaming of the impossible again.

“It’s my first theatre job back,” says the Wigan-born actor who plays Miss Eglantine Pr...

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Theatre Review: BAT OUT OF HELL – Opera House, Manchester

Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL

Martha Kirby and Glenn Adamson in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Chris Davis Studio

Predictably extravagant, BAT OUT OF HELL thunders through Jim Steinman’s iconic hits in an over-the-top theatrical spectacle unlike any other

4 out of 5 stars

Direct from electrifying audiences in London, Toronto, Germany and New York, Jim Steinman’s spectacular musical BAT OUT OF HELL makes a welcome return home to Manchester’s Opera House this week, the same venue it opened at back in 2017.

Set in a dystopia...

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Interview: Jason Donovan Talks PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Jason Donovan talks PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Photo Credit: Steve Schofield

Australian actor Jason Donovan talks about his role as a first-time producer, his career highlights and why PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the perfect post-lockdown show

Following his star role in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Australian actor Jason Donovan makes a welcome return to the hit musical, but this time as a producer.

PRISCILLA marks Donovan’s first time as a producer, having performed in the cast of...

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


EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is a funny, fabulous and feel-good show about self-discovery and empowerment.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE has come a long way since its premiere at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield back in 2017. Following a successful West End run the same year, the smash-hit musical has taken the world by storm, with a North American premiere set for next year and a big-screen version arriving on Amazon Prime in September...

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Theatre Review: ANNA X – The Lowry, Salford

Emma Corrin (Anna) & Nabhaan Rizwan (Ariel) in ANNA X. P

Emma Corrin (Anna) & Nabhaan Rizwan (Ariel) in ANNA X. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Drama, music and video combine to make ANNA X a frenetic, fun and ultra-cool ride

4 out of 5 stars

Following its critically acclaimed run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Joseph Charlton’s new play ANNA X heads to Salford’s The Lowry for a week-long run – the play’s only run outside of the capital.

Inspired by the true story of the Russian fraudster, Anna Sorokin, who spent her mid-twenties duping New York’s ar...

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INTERVIEW: Director Daniel Raggett talks ANNA X

Nabhaan Rizwan (Ariel), Emma Corrin (Anna), Daniel Raggett (Director).

Nabhaan Rizwan, Emma Corrin & Daniel Raggett (Director). Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Director Daniel Raggett talks to Frankly My Dear UK about bringing as Joseph Charlton’s play ANNA X to life on stage

Salford’s The Lowry reopens its 2021 season with a bang next week as Joseph Charlton’s critically acclaimed play ANNA X takes to the stage for a week-long run.

Inspired by the true story of the Russian fraudster, Anna Sorokin/Anna Delvey, who spent her mid-twenties duping New York’s art world...

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Theatre Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Gerard McCabe & Shaun Blaney in STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Photo Credit: Danny Kaan

Gerard McCabe & Shaun Blaney in STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Photo Credit: Danny Kaan

Capturing the magic of the original with the thrill of new stagecraft, Matthew McElhinney’s revival of Marie Jones’ STONES IN HIS POCKETS still leaves a lasting impression on the audience

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester kick start their 2021 reopening season with the 25th-anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy STONES IN HIS POCKETS. 

Set in Ireland, STONES IN HIS POCKETS follows a...

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 Max Mosley at press conference

MOSLEY: IT’S COMPLICATED raises more questions than it gives answers, but offers a fascinating insight into Max Mosley, his personality and drive.

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Max Mosley was somewhat of an enigma. During his varied career, the former boss of the FIA – Formula 1’s leading governing body – was rarely out of the headlines, for both good and bad...

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