Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical – The Lowry, Salford

2019 Cast of Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical

Despite its repetitive score, this musical production of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is as pretty as a picture

3 out of 5 stars

The wet weather, a football match and a general election didn’t stop the residents of Manchester and Salford from getting in the festive mood as they headed to The Lowry for HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS the musical.

Based on the beloved Dr Seuss tale, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS follows the mean-spirited and scheming Grinch who lives just north of the whimsical town of W...

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Theatre Review: THE BODYGUARD – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Paul Coltas

Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

Best described as a cross between a pop concert, a musical and a night at the movies, THE BODYGUARD is an adrenaline-fuelled stage version of the hit 1992 film

4 out of 5 stars

Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out 2015 UK tour, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron in award-winning musical THE BODYGUARD.

Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, THE BODYGUARD tells the story of...

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Theatre Review: SNOW WHITE – Opera House, Manchester

Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen in SNOW WHITE. Photo Credit

Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen in SNOW WHITE. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood shines as the Wicked Queen to make SNOW WHITE the fairest panto in all the land

4.5 out of 5 stars

With its jaw-dropping dance sequences, side-splitting comedy and sensational special effects, SNOW WHITE proves itself to be the fairest panto in all the land – or in Manchester at least, this Christmas. 

Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood leads the cast as the extraordinarily ad...

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Theatre Review: THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD – The Lowry, Salford

Combining magical storytelling with music and audience participation, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD is just what theatre for children should be – engaging and beautiful

4 out of 5 stars

Children, parents, guardians and grandparents alike all piled into the Quays Theatre for THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD at The Lowry. 

Based on the bestselling sequel to the smash-hit picture book THE GRUFFALO, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD follows the adventures of said youngster who sets foot in the deep dark wood...

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Theatre Review: GYPSY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY.

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” once again for the Royal Exchange with their wild and magnificent Christmas production of GYPSY

4.5 out of 5 stars

From GUYS AND DOLLS and SWEET CHARITY to THE PRODUCERS, it’s fair to say that Royal Exchange Theatre has a bit of a reputation for redefining Broadway musicals...

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Theatre Review: PETER PAN GOES WRONG – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of PETER PAN GOES WRONG UK Tour

The cast of PETER PAN GOES WRONG UK Tour. Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

Clever, funny and a riot to watch, PETER PAN GOES WRONG is a brilliant example of slapstick and physical comedy

4 out of 5 stars

The fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is a plucky, sometimes misguided theatre company. For their Christmas play (it is NOT a panto!) director Chris Bean (Connor Crawford) has decided to produce Peter Pan...

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Theatre Review: THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Paul Greenwood and Ryan Kopel in The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit

Paul Greenwood & Ryan Kopel in THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

While THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT isn’t without its flaws, it is a show with immense promise

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever wondered whatever became of Tiny Tim after the events of A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Hope Mill Theatre answers this very question with their latest production of THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT, a Victorian sequel to the Charles Dickens’ classic.

Set almost a decade after the events...

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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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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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