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Theatre Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Albert Halls, Bolton

Bolton’s Albert Hall’s grand Victorian setting brings to life Oscar Wilde’s sensational and lavish comedy THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

3 out of 5 stars

Oscar Wilde’s farcical masterpiece THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is brought to life in the beautiful Albert Halls whilst the Bolton Octagon undergoes renovation in preparation for its 50th anniversary.

The stunning architecture provides an apt atmosphere for the play, given its high-class tone and protagonists...

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Theatre Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

HAIR THE MUSICAL UK Tour 2019

The cast of HAIR THE MUSICAL UK Tour 2019. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

While HAIR THE MUSICAL may not pack the punch it did back in 1967, this psychedelic and electric production is a joy to watch

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that many musicals are based on events that happened in the past but the 1967 phenomenon HAIR took the world by storm, tackling the Vietnam war as it was happening...

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Theatre Review: RAGS – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The cast of RAGS at Hope Mill Theatre

The cast of RAGS at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Nathan Chandler

With great performances, a poignant story and a stunning score, Hope Mill Theatre breathe new life into underrated musical RAGS

5 out of 5 stars

Just ahead of the highly anticipated opening of it’s Hope Aria Academy, Hope Mill Theatre presents it’s eleventh in house musical, RAGS.

This show has somewhat of a troubled past, first opening in 1986 and closing after just four performances. It has since been revised multiple times...

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Theatre Review: BILLIONAIRE BOY – The Lowry, Salford

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With its zany characters, slapstick comedy and clever, catchy songs, BILLIONAIRE BOY has everything a young child might want from a musical

David Walliams’ impressive library of children’s books have fast become modern British classics, especially with the annual BBC Christmas special adaptations putting them on the map. GANGSTA GRANNY was the first to grace the stage last year, with the play touring the UK, but BILLIONAIRE BOY is the first to get the musical treatment...

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Music Review: CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE PLAY PARALLEL LINES – The Lowry, Salford

Clem Burke & Bootleg Blondie play Parallel Lines

BOOTLEG BLONDIE together with drummer Clem Burke certainly sound like the real thing but ultimately try too hard to imitate the iconic band

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGBs in New York City. They’ve also been mentioned by Blondie themselves on their 2017 album POLLINATOR...

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Theatre Review: CINDERELLA – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of CINDERELLA at Manchester's Opera House

The cast of CINDERELLA at Manchester’s Opera House. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen Photography

With its marvellous costumes, silly script and fun musical numbers, CINDERELLA is a traditional pantomime that does not disappoint

It’s that time of year again, (oh no it isn’t…) and the Opera House Manchester does not disappoint with it’s glitzy and bold pantomime, CINDERELLA.

Everything you expect from a traditional panto is included here, with plenty of laughs, digs at the audience and convoluted...

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Theatre Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS – Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Despite its beautiful score and entertaining technical performances, THE LAST FIVE YEARS fails to pack a punch

Seventeen years after the original premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved musical, the Albert Halls in Bolton presents THE LAST FIVE YEARS as it’s first in-house production.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS tells the story of Cathy and Jamie’s five-year relationship, but whilst Jamie tells it in chronological order, Cathy tells the story in reverse...

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Theatre Review: NOT I – The Lowry, Salford

NOT I Jess Thom

Intense and powerful, Tourette’s hero Jess Thom uses Samuel Beckett’s incredibly complex text to bring light to Tourette’s Syndrome in NOT I

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that means she makes movements and noises she can’t control, called tics. In NOT I, she takes on Samuel Beckett’s short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say.

Friendly and informal, the relaxed performance feels begins from t...

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Theatre Review: KINKY BOOTS – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Helen Maybanks

The cast of KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Helen Maybanks

A feel-good celebration of individuality, KINKY BOOTS spreads it’s timeless message of acceptance to Manchester this November

With Cyndi Lauper’s score giving us some catchy, poppy tunes to accompany Harvey Fierstein’s book, KINKY BOOTS is a lighthearted comedy with plenty of touching, heartfelt moments to go around. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, KINKY BOOTS is loosely based on the true story of the W.J. Brooks Ltd footwear company...

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Theatre Review: PUTTING IT TOGETHER – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Simbi Akande in Putting It Together. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

Simbi Akande in PUTTING IT TOGETHER. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

Showcasing some of his most popular shows, PUTTING IT TOGETHER is a wonderful collection of the best of Stephen Sondheim’s works

Whether this is your first introduction to the music of Stephen Sondheim, or you’re a seasoned fan of his works, PUTTING IT TOGETHER is a wonderful example of the best of Sondheim’s works.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER showcases some of his most popular shows, such as SWEENEY TODD, INTO THE WOODS, and COMPANY, ...

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