Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: WAR HORSE – The Lowry, Salford

Thomas Dennis as Albert & Joey in WAR HORSE.

Thomas Dennis as Albert & Joey in WAR HORSE. Photo Credit: Brinkhoff&M+Âgenburg

Powerful, emotive and incredibly moving, WAR HORSE is tender and touching story about the bond between a boy and his horse

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, National Theatre take their acclaimed play WAR HORSE out on a UK tour, with a three week run at Salford’s The Lowry.

Based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, WAR HORSE tells the story of Joey, young Albert’s beloved ho...

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THE NATURE OF FORGETTING – The Lowry, Salford

THE NATURE OF FORGETTING by Theatre Re

The cast of THE NATURE OF FORGETTING by Theatre Re. Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Poignant and emotional, THE NATURE OF FORGETTING is a moving tale of friendship, love, guilt and memories

It takes a lot of talent to tell a coherent, understandable story without using words. Theatre Re’s THE NATURE OF FORGETTING uses very few words but presents an incredibly beautiful and emotive piece all the same.

THE NATURE OF FORGETTING tells the story of Tom, a 55-year-old man celebrating his birthday...

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Theatre Review: THE WASP – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

THE WASP

Shocking, harrowing and darkly comic, THE WASP is a twisting two-hander which examines the impact of bullying

It is said that your school days are the best days of your life but for some, they are a nightmare. Puberty, adolescent hormones and bullying can all have lasting effects for both the victim and the perpetrator. But what happens when our childhood experiences follow us into adulthood? Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s 2015 play THE WASP examines just that.

Almost 20 years after they left school,...

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Theatre Review: THIS IS ELVIS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

THIS IS ELVIS

The King may be dead, but THIS IS ELVIS proves Elvis Presley’s legacy and his songs live on

It’s hard to imagine these days but back in 1968, Elvis Presley was widely regarded as having had his day...

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Fresh, inventive and completely memorising, Northern Ballet’s adaption of JANE EYRE is an absorbing contemporary ballet which packs an emotional punch

Northern Ballet JANE EYRE

Joseph Taylor as Mr Rochester and Mariana Rodrigues as Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Fresh, inventive and completely memorising, Northern Ballet’s adaption of JANE EYRE is an absorbing contemporary ballet which packs an emotional punch

From the Tony award-nominated JANE EYRE (THE MUSICAL) to National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic’s innovative 2015 adaption, JANE EYRE has been reimagined many times but never quite so beautifully as Northern Ballet’s latest touring production.

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Theatre Review: SUMMER HOLIDAY – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Michael Peavoy as Don in SUMMER HOLIDAY.

Michael Peavoy as Don in SUMMER HOLIDAY. Photo Credit: Richard Lakos

Bright, bold and slightly bonkers, SUMMER HOLIDAY is a feel-good musical that is ambitiously staged

Rides on double-decker buses, live music and audience sing-a-longs, theatre doesn’t come much more immersive than Bolton Octagon’s latest production of SUMMER HOLIDAY.

Developed as a site-specific production to allow important redevelopment work to start Octagon Theatre, this joyous, uplifting and feel-good piece of theatre ...

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Nigel Slater's TOAST Review: A phenomenal piece of British nostalgia which brings more than just a single memory to the stage

Lizzie Muncey and Sam Newton in TOAST.

Lizzie Muncey and Sam Newton in TOAST. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Nigel Slater’s TOAST is a phenomenal piece of British nostalgia which brings more than just a single memory to life on stage

The theme for the second of The Lowry’s Week 53 Festival is ‘coming of age’ and TOAST, an interactive trip down memory lane which explores the childhood of one of Britain’s favourite foodies, Nigel Slater, couldn’t be more fitting.

Adapted from Nigel Slater’s book ‘Toast – The Story of a Boy’s H...

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Theatre Review: HAPPY DAYS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Maxine Peake as Winnie in HAPPY DAYS.

Maxine Peake as Winnie in HAPPY DAYS at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Strange, surreal but surprisingly life-affirming, HAPPY DAYS is a challenging two-hander about love, life and relationships

Following the success of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE SKRIKER and HAMLET, Maxine Peake reunites with Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom to take on Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece HAPPY DAYS.

Written by Beckett in 1961, HAPPY DAYS tells the story of Winnie and Wil...

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Theatre Review: BRIGHTON ROCK – The Lowry, Salford

Sinister, suspenseful and incredibly inventive, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of BRIGHTON ROCK is a chilling retelling of Graham Greene’s iconic novel

Acclaimed writer Bryony Lavery brings the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s iconic novel BRIGHTON ROCK to the stage with a chilling retelling of this brilliant and classic story.

Set in 1960s Brighton, BRIGHTON ROCK tells the story of Pinkie, a sociopathic teenage boy who takes over after the boss of his mob is killed...

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JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN Review:

Danny Solomon as Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Shocking, powerful and darkly funny, JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN is a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith

Jake Murray makes a welcome return to his hometown of Manchester to direct the Northern Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN.

Set in America in 1998, JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN tells the story of 30-year-old bike messenger Angel Cruz who is awaiting trial for the shooting of a Reverend Kim, the leader of a religious ...

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