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THE LION KING LAUNCH EVENT

Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre later this year, Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical

Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event at the Palace Theatre with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical, due to land in Manchester in October this year.

Based on the 1994 animated Disney film, THE LION KING has brought its magic to our stages for over 23 years, first gracing our au...

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Theatre Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Winning over loyal fans and first-timers, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is extremely enjoyable, high-octane party

4 out of 5 stars

Dust off those fishnets, squeeze into that corset and glitter yourself head to toe for a night of raunchy mayhem at Richard O’Brien’s original rock and roll musical, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW follows an evening of diabolical chaos when strait-laced college sweethearts Brad (Ore Obuda) and fiancée Janet’s (Hayley Flaherty) car breaks down on a dark, rainy night.

As they ...

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Theatre Review: ALADDIN – Opera House, Manchester

Alexandra Burke as Sherezade in ALADDIN.

Alexandra Burke as Sherezade in ALADDIN. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

With gags and laughter aplenty, ALADDIN is everything you want from a family panto, but done to perfection on a big scale.

5 out of 5 stars

ALADDIN’s magic carpet has landed in Manchester and is set to dazzle audiences with this high energy, glitzy, hilarious, relevant and utterly sensational pantomime.

Pantomimes are a festive staple, and after over a year without, this production of ALADDIN spares no expense in creating a hit that has everyt...

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Theatre Review: DEATH DROP – The Lowry, Manchester

Featuring an international cast of famous faces, DEATH DROP is a colourful mash-up of murder mystery drama, energetic comedy and a refined panto musical, dusted with drag sparkle.

5 out of 5 stars

Arm yourself with sequins, put on those killer heels, and girl grab your wig because drag queen sensations are in town, and there is a murder on the loose.

Set in 1991 on the 10th wedding anniversary of Charles and Princess Diana, DEATH DROP follows a glorious mix of guests who are mysteriously invited to the elusive...

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GRIMMFest 2021: MIDNIGHT Film Review

Hae-yeon Kil and Ki-joo Jin in Midnight (2021)

Hae-yeon Kil and Ki-joo Jin in MIDNIGHT (2021)

Intense and action-packed, MIDNIGHT is a grim take on a cat and mouse plot, with enough twists and turns to have you on the edge of your seat throughout

5 out of 5 stars

Director and screenwriter Kwon Oh-Seung brings his debut feature film MIDNIGHT, a South Korean high suspense serial killer thriller, to Manchester’s GRIMMfest this week.

Set in the unlit and empty backstreets of South Korea, MIDNIGHT throws out a sinister twist and toys with film noir while highl...

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GRIMMfest 2021: NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN Film Review

Amelia Dudley and Taylor Turner in NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN (2021)

Amelia Dudley and Taylor Turner in NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN. Photo Credit: Mainframe Pictures

With first-class acting and off-the-seat scare moments, NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN will leave you questioning any upcoming hotel reservations you may have

4 out of 5 stars

Brothers and creative team Erik and Carson Bloomquist bring NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN to Manchester’s GRIMMfest to haunt your nightmares and are sure to leave you questioning that upcoming hotel reservation.

NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN follows Sarah (Amelia Dudl...

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Theatre Review: GLEE & ME – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Delightful, despairing and downright hilarious, GLEE & ME captivates the audience with its fast-paced witty script and Liv Hall’s ferocious and heart-wrenching performance

5 out of 5 stars

On the anniversary of 45 glorious years of the Royal Exchange, GLEE & ME captivates the audience in this delightful, despairing and downright hilarious one-woman play.

Winner of the Judges Award in the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Stu...

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Theatre Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Robert Goodale and Anthony Eden bring Susan Hill’s terrifying gothic novel THE WOMAN IN BLACK to life on stage, leading the audience into a false sense of security

4.5 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s iconic Palace Theatre welcomes back audiences after 18 arduous months of closure with the gripping production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Set in the 1950s, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s gothic novel follows Arthur Kipps, a lawyer from London who requests an Actor’s expertise to help tell the chilling me...

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