Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: THE EXONERATED – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The cast of THE EXONERATED at Hope Mill Theatre

The cast of THE EXONERATED at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Shay Rowan

Blending live theatre with filmed footage, THE EXONERATED is a powerful and poignant piece about the American criminal justice system gone wrong

4 out of 5 stars

Imagine being accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Now imagine being sentenced to death for that crime, left to rot on death row as you desperately wait a reprieve which may never come...

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Theatre Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Albert Halls, Bolton

Bolton’s Albert Hall’s grand Victorian setting brings to life Oscar Wilde’s sensational and lavish comedy THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

3 out of 5 stars

Oscar Wilde’s farcical masterpiece THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is brought to life in the beautiful Albert Halls whilst the Bolton Octagon undergoes renovation in preparation for its 50th anniversary.

The stunning architecture provides an apt atmosphere for the play, given its high-class tone and protagonists...

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Theatre Review: HOBSON’S CHOICE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Tony Jayawardena as Hari Hobson in HOBSON'S CHOICE

Tony Jayawardena as Hari Hobson in HOBSON’S CHOICE. Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

Tanika Gupta breathes new life into Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy HOBSON’S CHOICE in this sharp and witty Ugandan-Asian adaptation

4.5 out of 5 stars

HOBSON’S CHOICE has become a bit of a fixture in theatrical repertoire. Since its premiere in 1915, the classic comedy has been revived and reimagined many times, with adaptions for film, TV and even a ballet...

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Theatre Review: CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL

Camp, cheesy and full of fun, CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL is the 1980s answer to LOVE ISLAND

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever since I saw George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley live it up in the so-called ‘Club Tropicana’, I’ve wanted to go. After all, this is a place where drinks are free and there’s fun and sunshine enough for everyone. So when the producers of hit UK tour HAIRSPRAY decided to make a brand-new 80s musical inspired by the Wham! hit, I was naturally in.

Set at the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel in Majo...

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Theatre Review: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – A ROAD MUSICAL – The Lowry, Salford

Lily Mae Denman, Sev Koeshgerian, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Paul Keating, Gary Wilmot & Gabriel Vick in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Original London Cast of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

James Lapine and William Finn’s stage adaption of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may not boast the charm or warmth of the original film but a strong cast performance help pull it through

2.5 out of 5 stars

I’ve never seen the 2006 film LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE but I’m reliably informed that it’s a sad, sweet and strange film that is worth revisiting time and time again...

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Theatre Review: Northern Ballet’s THE GREAT GATSBY – The Lowry, Salford

Northern Ballet THE GREAT GATSBY

Northern Ballet deliver a new and fresh twist to a classical ballet with THE GREAT GATSBY

4 out of 5 stars

The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald. A story a majority of us know and love. The classic American novel about the mysterious millionaire who has an affinity for lavish parties and good-looking women. Set in the 1920s, Gatsby’s exotic lifestyle is twisted by his loneliness, obsession and pre-war time memories and lest we not forget, the ever-dazzling Daisy Buchanan.

Northern Ballet take to the stage i...

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Theatre Review: Northern Broadsides MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – The Lowry, Salford

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade and Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade & Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. © Nobby Clark

Northern Broadsides’ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a parade of good humour, joy, deceit and forgiveness wrapped up in a Britain facing war

4 out of 5 stars

This Northern Broadsides production is Conrad Nelson’s last directorial role for the company, and he has done well to bring out the comedy and the tragedy of Shakespeare’s play, by interspersing 1940s world war songs and dances with the complex language of Shakespe...

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Theatre Review: EDUCATING RITA – The Lowry, Salford

Jessica Johnson and Stephen Tompkinson in EDUCATING RITA

Drawing on every emotion to produce a profoundly moving yet hilarious two-hander, EDUCATING RITA feels as fresh, vibrant and relevant today as it did nearly 40 years ago

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Willy Russell has a knack for creating human stories. From BLOOD BROTHERS and SHIRLEY VALENTINE to OUR DAY OUT and STAGS AND HENS, his plays just seem to strike a chord no matter what their age, as David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Theatre by the Lake’s latest touring version of EDUCATING RITA deftly demo...

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Theatre Review: THE KING AND I – Opera House, Manchester

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I UK Tour

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Bartlett Sher handles this politically tricky piece with care, respect and skill to deliver a wonderfully lush and beautifully staged revival of THE KING AND I that is a joy to watch

4 out of 5 stars

Following its multi-award winning run on Broadway and its record-breaking sold-out season at the London Palladium, American director Bartlett Sher brings his revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I to Manche...

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Theatre Review: HOME, I’M DARLING – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I'M DARLING

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I’M DARLING. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

E-bay, the internet and mobile phones meet the 1950s in HOME, I’M DARLING

3 out of 5 stars

Laura Wade’s witty comedy brings to life one woman’s desire to be the perfect 1950s housewife in a world where fetching her husband’s slippers and descaling the taps with lemon juice is all part of the daily routine.

The married couple decide to take on a nostalgic way of life, immersing themselves in a fantasy world which slowly seems t...

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