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Theatre Review: JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Michael Howe in JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA.

Michael Howe as Jerry Springer in JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA. Photo: Anthony Robling

Just like the TV talk show, JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA is not for the faint-hearted – or the easily offended – yet this controversial musical feels more relevant today than ever before

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA caused a bit of a stir when it last came to the UK back in 2006...

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INTERVIEW: Miriam-Teak Lee Talks & JULIET

Miriam-Teak Lee

Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the exciting lead role in brand new musical & JULIET

Vibrant new musical & JULIET opens at Manchester’s Opera House next month, flipping Shakespeare’s infamous love story on its head to prove that when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo.

Set to some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years from acclaimed songwriter Max Martin, including …BABY ONE MORE TIME, EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK), LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO and CAN’T FEEL MY FACE, & J...

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INTERVIEW: Director Michael Fentiman Talks AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and cast in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and cast in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Director Michael Fentiman talks about the challenges of adapting the hit film AMELIE for the stage

Five-star musical adaptation of 2001 Oscar-nominated film AMELIE heads to Manchester’s Opera House next week as part of a new UK tour.

AMELIE THE MUSICAL tells the story of a young woman with a gift for quietly bringing joy to those around her...

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INTERVIEW: Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac Talk AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Opera House, Audrey Brisson (Amelie) and Danny Mac (Nico) about the five-star musical adaptation of the hit film AMELIE

The musical version of hit film AMELIE heads to Manchester’s Opera House next week as part of a new UK tour.

Based on the 2001 Oscar-nominated of the same name, AMELIE tells the story of a young woman with a gift for quietly bringing joy to those around her.

Bu...

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Theatre Review: EARLY DOORS – The Lowry, Salford

Lisa Millett, Craig Cash, John Henshaw and Phil Mealey in EARLY DOORS

Lisa Millett, Craig Cash, John Henshaw and Phil Mealey in EARLY DOORS. Photo Credit: Nathan Cox

Staying true to the original, EARLY DOORS is packed full of witty one-liners, belly-laughs and a little old-fashioned crudity for a night of charm and nostalgia

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 15 years since the BBC called last orders on EARLY DOORS but there’s plenty of life still left in Craig Cash and Phil Mealey’s comedy as this Northern sitcom takes to the stage for the final time at Salford’s The Lowry.

Se...

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Theatre Review: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL

Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac in AMELIE THE MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Imaginatively staged and beautifully performed, AMELIE THE MUSICAL is a visual treat, even if its score is a little forgettable

3.5 out of 5 stars

Much like the main character herself, stage musical AMELIE has had somewhat of a strange life...

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Theatre Review: WRESTLING THE WALRUS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Leanne Rowley and Nik Wood-Jones in WRESTLING THE WALRUS

Leanne Rowley & Nik Wood-Jones in WRESTLING THE WALRUS. Photo Credit: Yvonne Roberts Photography

Merging live performance with film, animation, visual art and music, WRESTING THE WALRUS is a playful and poignant piece which will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre

4 out of 5 stars

Following their win of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award, theatre company 154 Collective premiere their new play WRESTLING THE WALRUS this week at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre before transferring to the Yard in London an...

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Gig Review: The Rua – Manchester Arena

The Rua

Combining vocals, guitars, a piano and a violin together to create an irresistible cinematic pop sound, it’s easy to see why The Rua are riding high in America

It’s safe to say that The Rua are no strangers to playing huge venues. After opening for Train, Adam Lambert and Goo Goo Dolls on their recent US tours, the sibling trio make a welcome return home to the UK to support Westlife on their 30-date comeback Arena tour.

Born in Windsor into a family of Irish descent, The Rua are a family pop...

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Gig Review: Keelie Walker – Manchester Arena

Keelie Walker

Supporting Westlife on their big comeback tour, it’s easy to see why Keelie Walker is tipped to be the next pop sensation

Currently supporting Westlife on their big comeback tour, it’s fair to say that Keelie Walker is living the dream. At just 15 years old, the Nashville-based artist is opening for the award-winning pop act on their 30-date UK arena tour – an experience most girls her age could only dream of.

Yet despite her age, Walker is no stranger to performing...

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Gig Review: EAGLES UK Tour 2019 – Manchester Arena

The Eagles UK Tour 2019

Effortlessly delivering spine-tingling vocal harmonies and killer guitar solos, the Eagles may be nearing their 50th anniversary but this legendary band hasn’t lost any of their edge

4 out of 5 stars

Like many music fans, I have a bucket list of acts I’d like to see before I die – the Eagles being one of them. But when founding member Glenn Frey sadly passed away in early 2016, I thought I’d missed my chance...

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