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Music Review: Tony Hadley – The Lowry Salford

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This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

More than three decades after Spandau Ballet topped the charts, Tony Hadley is back on the road for a nationwide solo tour with a full orchestra… and boy does he sound good.

Hadley first shot to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of pop/romantic band Spandau Ballet. The group sold more than 20 million albums in their heyday, with eight top ten hit singles to their name including: Chant No...

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Theatre Review: Opera Seria – Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci – RNCM Studio Theatre, Manchester

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This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

Opera’s famous pairing of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci may be 121 years old but it’s still capable of captivating an audience as Opera Seria demonstrate with their exciting staged production at RNCM Studio Theatre.

Conducted by Jonathan Ellis and directed by Rochelle Hart, the explosive themes of jealously, murder and betrayal are skillfully transformed by Manchester’s opera company in this thrilling and exciting staged chamb...

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Theatre Review: BILLY LIAR at Royal Exchange Theatre

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Royal Exchange Theatre provides perfect setting for Keith Waterhouse’s tragicomedy

It may be more than 50 years old but Keith Waterhouse’s play about 1960s northern life is still capable of captivating a modern audience, as demonstrated at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre last night.

Adapted for stage by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, BILLY LIAR first opened in London’s West End in 1960 with Albert Finney in the title role...

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Billy Liar Heads to Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

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Harry McEntire stars in classic tale of northern life in 1960s Britain

BILLY LIAR – a classic tale of northern life in 1960s Britain – heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre next week in an exciting new production of Keith Waterhouse’s famous 1959 novel.

Adapted for stage by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, the play tells the story of Billy Fisher, a 19-year-old nobody who dreams of escaping the day-to-day drudgery of northern life in the 1960s.

Living with his parents and stuck in a...

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Shakespeare on The Lawns

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Celebratory performances of Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors to mark 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

Spinningfields, Manchester is to host two open-air Shakespeare performances this July.

Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors will be performed by the GB Theatre Company at The Lawns between 18 and 20 July.

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s sister, Joyce Branagh is to star as Lady Macbeth in the celebratory performance to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth...

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Theatre Review: Dial M for Murder

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62 years after its premiere in London’s West End, Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder is continuing to thrill theatre audiences with an exciting new production directed by Lucy Bailey on tour in the UK.

Starring Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and Small) as Inspector Hubbard, Dial M for Murder is an intense, dark and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and murder.

The story centres on the unhappy marriage of Tony and Shelia Wendice...

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