Category Theatre

Theatre Review: SIX – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of SIX The Musical. Photo Credit: Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

The cast of SIX The Musical. Photo Credit: Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

Smart, sexy and super sassy, SIX remixes 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sassitude

“Do you remember us from your GCSEs?” shouts Jarneia Richard-Noel’s Catherine of Aragon as SIX takes to the stage. But this isn’t your average history lesson. Oh no...

Read More

Theatre Review: BENIDORM LIVE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Tony Maudsley as Kenneth and Adam Gillen as Liam in BENIDORM LIVE

Tony Maudsley as Kenneth and Adam Gillen as Liam in BENIDORM LIVE. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

Cheesy, brash and gloriously OTT, Derren Litten’s BENIDORM LIVE successfully makes the transition from screen to stage

There is always a risk when TV programmes make the transition from screen to stage, especially one popular as BENIDORM...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE MAIDS – HOME, Manchester

Danny Lee Wynter (the Mistress) and Jake Fairbrother (Claire) in THE MAIDS at HOME Manchester. Photo: Jonathan Keenan

Danny Lee Wynter and Jake Fairbrother in THE MAIDS at HOME Manchester. Photo: Jonathan Keenan

Violently deluded yet brilliantly captivating, THE MAIDS is a dark twisted tale that is bold and unforgettable

Bringing a whole new pallet of colours to the show, director Lily Sykes refreshes THE MAIDS into a story which changes the notion of gender roles and contemporary ideas and steals our attention with intensity, dark humour and a delusional mix of fantasy and reality.

French playwright Jean Gen...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Theatre Review: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE– The Lowry, Salford

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE UK Tour 2018.

Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE UK Tour 2018. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

With its masterful choreography, stunning set and innovative costume design, you can’t help but fall under the spell of Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE

It’s hard to believe that Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE is a whopping 23 years old. As the iconic dance piece returns to the stage for a new UK tour, it still feels as bold, fresh and inventive as ever.

Best known for shattered conventions by replacing the female corps-de-ballet ...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Lara Cowin Talks STICK MAN

The cast of STICK MAN. Photo Credit Steve Ullathorne

The cast of STICK MAN. Photo Credit Steve Ullathorne

Following her recent run in London’s West End, Lara Cowin talks about returning to the role of Stick Lady Love in Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of STICK MAN

Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry for a month-long run over Christmas.

Based on the hugely popular children’s book, STICK MAN tells the tale of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make i...

Read More

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...

Read More

The Best Places to Sit in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre (With Pictures)

The Lowry's The Lyric Theatre

From the Stalls to the Upper Circle, Frankly My Dear UK talk you through the best places to sit in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre

As a theatre blogger, I’m often asked my opinion about all things theatre including the best places to sit. The seat that you choose can greatly affect how you feel about a performance and if you’re parting with £40 to £50 per ticket for a theatre show, great consideration should go into your decision on which seats to buy...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE MYSTERIES – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

From a sheep farm in Eskdale to a tourist information centre in Whitby, THE MYSTERIES effectively explores the landscapes that surround us but ultimately fails to inspire a dialogue

Whether you live in a big city like Manchester or a small valley like Eskdale, there is something rather special about living in a community. Where we live helps to shape who we are as people, as well as the stories we tell, as Chris Thorpe and Sam Pritchard’s THE MYSTERIES attempts to demonstrate.

Inspired by th...

Read More