Category Theatre

Music Review: Squeeze THE DIFFORD AND TILBROOK SONGBOOK 2019 – The Lowry, Salford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook may have been writing together for 45 years but the pair sound as sharp as ever on the Squeeze tour

4 out of 5 stars

As Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook belt out their 1979 hit UP THE JUNCTION, it’s hard to believe that the pair have been writing together for 45 years...

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Theatre Review: LIGHT FALLS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lloyd Hutchinson, Witney White, Rebecca Manley, Katie West & David Moorst in LIGHT FALLS

The company of LIGHT FALLS at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Funny, emotional and wonderfully performed, LIGHT FALLS is a bittersweet, richly layered play about life in the face of death

4 out of 5 stars

After 21 years at the venue including four as Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom says goodbye to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this month with another stunningly staged production about family, community and the fragility of life. 

LIGHT FALLS tells the story of a family, draw...

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Theatre Review: ON YOUR FEET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

What ON YOUR FEET lacks in drama, it more than makes up for with its music

3.5 out of 5 stars

You may not know the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan but you’ll certainly know their sound. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine topped the charts with their unique Latin-dance vibe, selling an estimated 115 million records worldwide and bagging three Grammy awards on the way...

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Music Review: Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – The Lowry, Salford

Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30th Anniversary UK Tour

Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30th Anniversary UK Tour. Photo Credit: Ed Fielding

30 years after the release of her debut solo album AFFECTION, Lisa Stansfield still knows how to command an audience

4 out of 5 stars

Lisa Stansfield brought an early 90s dance party vibe to Salford’s The Lowry on Saturday to mark the 30th-anniversary release of her debut solo album AFFECTION.

Released in 1989, the multi-platinum album went onto sell over 5 million copies worldwide, winning 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Bil...

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Theatre Review: THE EXORCIST – Opera House, Manchester

Eliza Capel (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIS

Susannah Edgley (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIST. Photo Credit: TheOtherRichard

With more tricks than Houdini, THE EXORCIST is a nostalgic revival of the classic 1973 film, paying homage to its unique narrative and direction

3 out of 5 stars

All your favourite horror tropes are hitting the Opera House as audiences call on Damien to resurrect the Oscar-winning thriller.

The live rendition of the supernatural tale continues the battle between good and evil, following 12-year-old Regan (...

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Theatre Review: AVENUE Q – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of AVENUE Q UK Tour

Filthy, foul-mouthed and incredibly funny, AVENUE Q  is not the kind of puppet show you take your kids to see

4 out of 5 stars

As a long-time theatre reviewer, I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me this long to see AVENUE Q. The Tony award-winning musical comedy first arrived in the UK back in 2006, spending two years in London’s West End before setting out on tour. Now, for the third time, AVENUE Q is back, with a new production directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré.

Best described as an X-rate...

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INTERVIEW: Bob Gale Talks BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL

Bob Gale, co-writer and co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Phil Tragen

Bob Gale, co-writer and co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Phil Tragen

Co-writer and co-producer Bob Gale talks about bringing iconic 1980s film BACK TO THE FUTURE to the big stage as a new musical

From DIE HARD and DIRTY DANCING to ET and FERRIS BULLER’S DAY OUT, the 1980s is full of iconic movies that defined an era, no more so than BACK TO THE FUTURE.

Released in 1985, BACK TO THE FUTURE tells the story of teenager Marty McFly who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-tr...

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Theatre Review: CURTAINS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Poking fun out of the purest love, CURTAINS is a heartfelt celebration of the romance of musicals

3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that the road to Broadway for CURTAINS THE MUSICAL has been nearly as fraught as that of “Robbin’ Hood”...

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Theatre Review: MAME – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Tracie Bennett (Mame) and the cast of MAME

Tracie Bennett (Mame) and the cast of MAME. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

5 out of 5 stars

A prime example of the golden age of musical theatre, Jerry Herman’s 1966 classic MAME lights up the quaint Hope Mill Theatre

Having just celebrated its fourth birthday, it’s easy to see why the Hope Mill Theatre is making a name for itself. Following popular productions such as Aspects Of Love, Hair, and Spring Awakening, Mame feels like a full-sized Broadway production crammed into this amazing little theatre.

Mame tel...

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Theatre Review: & JULIET – Opera House, Manchester

Miriam Teak-Lee and the cast of & JULIET.

Miriam Teak-Lee as Juliet and the cast of & JULIET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Fresh, vibrant and fun, & JULIET is one of the most inventive musicals of the year

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers has been reimagined, redefined and reinvented so many times that it’s almost impossible to deliver something new...

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