Category Theatre

Theatre Review: FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS – The Lowry, Salford


Harrowing and emotional, FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS offers an insightful look into how our idols shape and guide our lives

Dark and unsettling at times, FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS tells the story of Martin, an eighteen year old boy who attempts to reconnect with his estranged father through the music and life of David Bowie. However, this is by no means a tribute to Bowie, but is instead an insightful look into how our idols guide us and shape our lives.

Those inevitable Bowie fa...

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Theatre Review: SHREK: THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Steffan Harri as Shrek and Laura Main as Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour

Big, bold and colourful – just like the green man himself – SHREK: THE MUSICAL is a modern day fairy tale like no other

Forget Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Little Red Riding Hood, ask any child what their favourite fairy tale is and chances are Shrek will feature. Since the release of the DreamWorks animation film in 2001, SHREK has taken the world by storm, resulting in three film sequels as well as a musical stage adaption which is currently on tour across the UK and Ireland.

Based on th...

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Theatre Review: RACHEL – The Lowry, Salford

RACHEL by Stevie Helps

Stevie Helps’ ambitious but flawed play RACHEL falls short of delivering a serious message on mental health

One of the advantages of being a theatre blogger is that I get to see a real diverse mix of theatre. Whilst I love reviewing the big musicals and plays, it’s often the smaller, edgier and more thought-provoking productions that tend to leave a lasting impression. So when I read the synopsis for Stevie Helps new play RACHEL, I was naturally intrigued.

RACHEL tells the story of a young wo...

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Maury Yeston talks about bringing five-time Tony award-winning TITANIC THE MUSICAL to the UK on tour

Following its award-winning run on Broadway and at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in 2016, TITANIC THE MUSICAL finally sets sail for its first ever tour across the UK and Ireland.

Based on the book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, TITANIC THE MUSICAL tells the story of the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world...

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INTERVIEW: Paapa Essiedu Talks HAMLET

Paapa Essiedu in RSC's touring production of HAMLET

Paapa Essiedu talks about reprising the title role of HAMLET in Royal Shakespeare Company’s UK touring production

Following its critically acclaimed run at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is taking its award-winning production of HAMLET on tour across the UK.

Opening at Salford’s The Lowry before visiting Plymouth, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne and Northampton, HAMLET tells the story of Prince of Denmark who is called by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet, to s...

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INTERVIEW: Louis Dempsey Talks THE WEIR

Louis Dempsey as Finbar in THE WEIR UK Tour

Louis Dempsey talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as Finbar in THE WEIR

It’s hard to believe that Conor McPherson’s award-winning play THE WEIR is over 20 years old. Before it took the theatre world by storm, THE WEIR was booked to play for just three weeks to an audience of 60 people a night when it first opened at The Royal Court in 1997...

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Theatre Review: PETER PAN – Blackpool Opera House

Fun, energetic and humorous, this modern take of PETER PAN is a swashbuckling musical adventure for all the family

Blackpool’s famous Opera House has been transformed into the magical world of Neverland this Christmas as swashbuckling musical adventure PETER PAN heads to the stage.

Produced by the award-winning Selladoor Family, PETER PAN tells the story of the boy who never grew up and the adventures of his friends Wendy, John and Michael, as they take on the villainous Captain Hook and her b...

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Theatre Review: HOT BROWN HONEY – HOME, Manchester

HOT BROWN HONEY at HOME, Manchester.

HOT BROWN HONEY at HOME, Manchester. Photo: Dylan Evans

Confronting and challenging perceptions of modern women, HOT BROWN HONEY is unlike anything you will have seen before

HOT BROWN HONEY is a group of six women who are out to make some noise – lots of noise! Throughout the show the audience are inspired to do the same.

Smoking hot, HOT BROWN HONEY confronts and challenges your perception of modern women in a performance which is unlike anything you will have seen before...

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Theatre Review: THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS – Contact Theatre, Manchester

THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS at Contact Theatre. Photo Credit: Joel Chester-Fildes.

Christmas is once again under threat as a festive thief returns to steal the Spirit of Christmas in THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS

The Christmas season once again under threat as a festive thief returns to steal the Spirit of Christmas at Contact Theatre in THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS.

Devised by the Contact Young Company and Leeds-based Slung Low, THE SIEGE OF CHRISTMAS is an immersive piece of theatre designed to appeal to famili...

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Theatre Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester


The cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoff

Bold, bright and beautiful, Marc Bruni’s touring production of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL proves itself a cut above the rest

From JERSEY BOYS and ALL OR NOTHING, to the more recent THE BAND, it’s fair to say you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to jukebox musicals. But where others are generic and somewhat predictable, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL proves itself a cut above the rest.


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