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Theatre Review: OTHELLOMACBETH – HOME, Manchester

The cast of OTHELLOMACBETH at HOME, Manchester. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

The cast of OTHELLOMACBETH at HOME, Manchester. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

OTHELLOMACBETH offers a unique retelling of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays, highlighting the perspective of the female characters in a very modern way

As the Royal Exchange plays host to QUEEN MARGARET, a new play about Margaret of Anjou taken from Shakespeare’s original text, HOME, in collaboration with Lyric Hammersmith, go one step further by merging two classic Shakespeare texts into one with OTHELLOMACBETH...

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Theatre Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of MATILDA THE MUSICAL UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

The cast of MATILDA THE MUSICAL UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

With its witty gags, jaw-dropping magic tricks, fabulous songs and dazzling sets, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is pure theatrical gold

When West End fixture MATILDA THE MUSICAL announced it was embarking on its first UK national tour, my popularity went through the roof. I was suddenly bombarded with a flurry of text messages and endless requests to be my ‘plus one’ to press night...

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INTERVIEW: DJ Paulette Talks HOMEBIRD

DJ Paulette

Former Hacienda legend DJ Paulette talks to Frankly My Dear UK about her new art installation HOMEBIRD

Former Hacienda legend DJ Paulette swaps the turntables for art in a new installation titled HOMEBIRD which opens at The Lowry this weekend.

Following the success of Paddy Hartley and THREAD, HOMEBIRD is the third in The Lowry’s Edit series of gallery projects and collaborations...

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Film Review: A SIMPLE FAVOUR

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in A SIMPLE FAVOUR (2018)

Anna Kendrick as Stephanie and Blake Lively as Emily in A SIMPLE FAVOUR (2018)

Lavish, funny and a little deranged, Paul Feig’s A SIMPLE FAVOUR a jaunty mystery and a tart black comedy all rolled into one

Paul Feig may be best known for film comedies such as BRIDESMAIDS (2011), SPY (2015) and GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) but the director now tries his hand at the mystery drama genre with his latest film A SIMPLE FAVOUR.

Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel, A SIMPLE FAVOUR opens with Stephanie Smothers (A...

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INTERVIEW: Genevieve Gaunt Talks DUSTY & ME

Luke Newberry and Genevieve Gaunt in Dusty and Me (2016)

Luke Newberry as Dusty and Genevieve Gaunt as Chrissie in DUSTY & ME.

British actress Genevieve Gaunt talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the romantic lead in Betsan Morris Evans’ new family comedy DUSTY & ME

Harry Potter fans will no doubt recognise Genevieve Gaunt as Draco Malfoy’s girlfriend Pansy Parkinson in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) but outside of the franchise, the British actress has been making magic of her own.

Since making her film debut at age 14, G...

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INTERVIEW: Kevin Kennedy Talks ROCK OF AGES

Kevin Kennedy in ROCK OF AGES

Kevin Kennedy talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as Dennis Dupree in 80s rock musical ROCK OF AGES

Smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES heads to Manchester’s Opera House later this month with a familiar face taking on one of the roles.

Kevin Kennedy, best known for his portrayal of Curly Watts in TV soap opera CORONATION STREET, will play nightclub manager and former rock impresario Dennis Dupree in the rock musical.

Set in the 1980s, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of small town girl Sherrie ...

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Theatre Review: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY

Fast, furious and side-splittingly funny, THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY is a brilliantly funny farce full of inventiveness and fun

Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi-award-winning comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Mischief Theatre make a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry with their latest West End smash hit THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY.

Set in 1950s Minneapolis, THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY follows escaped convict Mitch (Liam Jeavons) and his screwball sideki...

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Film Review: LUCKY

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (2017) © Film Troope LLC

Harry Dean Stanton in LUCKY (2017) © Film Troope LLC

Harry Dean Stanton delivers a raw, honest and magnetic performance in John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut LUCKY

To be honest, if it wasn’t for Harry Dean Stanton, I probably would have skipped the opportunity to review LUCKY. The synopsis for John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut which follows the spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist seemed like a bit of a tough watch...

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Theatre Review: JULIE – National Theatre, London

Vanessa Kirby as Julie and Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean in Julie. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Vanessa Kirby as Julie and Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean in JULIE. Photo Credit: Richard Hubert Smith

Polly Stenham’s modern adaption of August Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece delivers some brilliantly surreal moments but ultimately fails to generate the sexual tension it needs

130 years after it was created, August Strindberg’s existentialist masterpiece MISS JULIE has been reimagined by Playwright Polly Stenham in a new production for the National Theatre.

Wild and newly single, Julie as she t...

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Film Review: KING OF THIEVES

Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse, and Ray Winstone in King of Thieves (2018)

Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse & Ray Winstone in KING OF THIEVES (2018) 

Despite its stellar cast, KING OF THIEVES’ weak script and thin characterisation frustrates rather than entertains

Following the release of THE HATTON GARDEN JOB starring Larry Lamb and Matthew Goode last year and talk of a new TV show, the daring Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015 is certainly getting its fair share of screen time...

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