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Theatre Review: Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD – The Lowry, Salford

Gaynor Faye, Luke Ward-Wilkinson, Leon Stewart & Adam Woodyatt in LOOKING GOOD DEAD Photo: Alastair Muir

Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD carefully balances humour with plenty of chilling scenes, despite its increasingly complex plot and light-hearted delivery

3 out of 5 stars

Following the stage success of THE PERFECT MURDER and DEAD SIMPLE, the world premiere of Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD heads to The Lowry this week, starring EastEnders icon Adam Woodyatt and award-winning actor Gaynor Faye.

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Theatre Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK – Palace Theatre, Manchester

SCHOOL OF ROCK UK Tour 2022

Fun, energetic and featuring a tremendous young cast, SCHOOL OF ROCK is a thrilling musical that the whole family will enjoy.

4 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s Palace Theatre kicked off 2022 in true Rock ‘n’ Roll style with the first ever UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical SCHOOL OF ROCK.

Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, SCHOOL OF ROCK tells the story of failed rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school to pay his rent.

Despera...

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

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

Damnably clever, brilliantly conceived and superbly executed, THE BOOK OF MORMON is one of the funniest and clever musicals of the last decade.

5 out of 5 stars

Smash hit musical THE BOOK OF MORMON makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this week. The Tony Award-winning show enjoyed a sold-out stint in 2019 when it opened its first UK tour at the venue with extra dates added several times due to high demand.

Written by Trey Park...

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Things To Do: WINTER WONDERLAND – EventCity, Manchester

The main stage at Silcock’s Winter Wonderland. Photo Credit: Prakash Bhalsod

Featuring more than 50 family rides and attractions, Silcock’s Winter Wonderland is a family-friendly event that will appeal to children of all ages

4 out of 5 stars

Silcock’s Winter Wonderland makes a welcome return to Manchester’s EventCity this week for the first time in four years.

Organised by Kingpin Events, the family festive extravaganza features more than 50 family rides and attractions, all under one roof for a set tick...

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Theatre Review: THE WIZ – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Andre & Llewellyn Graham in THE WIZ

Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Andre & Llewellyn Graham in THE WIZ. Photo: Pamela Raith

Reimagined for a contemporary audience, THE WIZ is a glorious celebration of self-determination, self-empowerment, and Black culture.

5 out of 5 stars

Hope Mill Theatre stage the first new UK production of THE WIZ in 10 years, bringing this award-winning Broadway musical to life this Christmas.

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Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! – The Lowry, Salford

Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Refreshed and reinvigorated for 2021, Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! is a spectacular treat for the eyes and ears

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s hard to believe Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! is almost 30 years old. The award-winning choreographer has a rare knack for keeping his productions fresh, as his latest touring production aptly demonstrates.

Inspired by E.T.A...

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Theatre Interview: Samantha Womack Talks THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Sam Womack in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Actress Samantha Womack talks about her role as the villainous White Witch in Michael Fentiman’s adaption of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Samantha Womack has long been a familiar and much-admired presence on TV, but the actress currently touring the country in THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE wants to make one point clear: the stage, she feels, is her natural home.

“The theatre feels to me kinder,” Womack was saying one recent afternoon, speaking to theatre critic Matt Wolf from ...

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Theatre Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER – The Lowry, Salford

Tom Chambers as Tony and Diana Vickers as Margot in DIAL M FOR MURDER

With its farcical delivery, Anthony Banks’ adaption of DIAL M FOR MURDER takes a different approach to Frederick Knott’s classic thriller

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that DIAL M FOR MURDER has somewhat of a fond place in this reviewer’s heart. As the first ever theatre review published on Frankly My Dear UK, the show marks a return to full circle for the site, as a new production by Anthony Banks’ production heads out on a UK tour.

Based on the play by Frederick Knott, DIAL M FOR MURDER tells t...

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Theatre Review: WAITRESS – Opera House, Manchester

With its sweet staging, stunning musical numbers, and sparkling wit, WAITRESS proves itself to be the perfect recipe.

4 out of 5 stars

After being rescheduled from winter 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first UK tour of WAITRESS finally heads to the Opera House this week, giving Manchester’s theatre lovers the sweet treat they have been craving.

Based on the 2007 indie film of the same name, WAITRESS follows Jenna, an expert pie-maker and waitress at a local diner who dreams of some happiness in her lif...

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Theatre Interview: Anthony Banks Talks DIAL M FOR MURDER

Tom Chambers as Tony Wendice in DIAL M FOR MURDER

Ahead of its run at Salford’s The Lowry, Director Anthony Banks and actors Tom Chambers, Diana Vickers and Christopher Harper talk about DIAL M FOR MURDER and why this classic thriller continues to captivate audiences

As he restarts the tour of classic thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER that had to be halted last year because of lockdown, Anthony Banks is excited that live theatre is up and running again.

“You can’t beat it,” the director says of the theatrical experience. “That shared experien...

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