Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: NEVER LOST AT HOME – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The cast of NEVER LOST AT HOME.

The cast of NEVER LOST AT HOME. Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak

Inspired by real fan stories, NEVER LOST AT HOME is a musical celebration of family, community and football

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 40 years since Ipswich Town Football Club lifted the iconic UEFA cup, but for many fans, it still feels like yesterday, as Peter Rowe’s latest production NEVER LOST AT HOME demonstrates.

Inspired by fans’ real stories of the 1980-81 football season, NEVER LOST AT HOME follows the fictional Coombes family as they travel ...

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Theatre Review: GLEE & ME – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Delightful, despairing and downright hilarious, GLEE & ME captivates the audience with its fast-paced witty script and Liv Hall’s ferocious and heart-wrenching performance

5 out of 5 stars

On the anniversary of 45 glorious years of the Royal Exchange, GLEE & ME captivates the audience in this delightful, despairing and downright hilarious one-woman play.

Winner of the Judges Award in the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Stu...

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Theatre Review: BAT OUT OF HELL – Opera House, Manchester

Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL

Martha Kirby and Glenn Adamson in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Chris Davis Studio

Predictably extravagant, BAT OUT OF HELL thunders through Jim Steinman’s iconic hits in an over-the-top theatrical spectacle unlike any other

4 out of 5 stars

Direct from electrifying audiences in London, Toronto, Germany and New York, Jim Steinman’s spectacular musical BAT OUT OF HELL makes a welcome return home to Manchester’s Opera House this week, the same venue it opened at back in 2017.

Set in a dystopia...

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Theatre Review: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – The Lowry, Salford

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE 2019 UK Tour

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is a funny, fabulous and feel-good show about self-discovery and empowerment.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE has come a long way since its premiere at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield back in 2017. Following a successful West End run the same year, the smash-hit musical has taken the world by storm, with a North American premiere set for next year and a big-screen version arriving on Amazon Prime in September...

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Theatre Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Image Credit: The Other Richard

The cast of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Image Credit: The Other Richard

Sequins, sparkles, and sweet transvestites make a welcome return to Manchester’s Opera House as Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW takes to the stage

4.5 out of 5 stars

In a week that Manchester hosts Pride, it seems only fitting that the Opera House hosts Richard O’Brien’s cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW with all its sequins, sparkles, and sweet transvestites – and that’s just the audience...

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Theatre Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Robert Goodale and Anthony Eden bring Susan Hill’s terrifying gothic novel THE WOMAN IN BLACK to life on stage, leading the audience into a false sense of security

4.5 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s iconic Palace Theatre welcomes back audiences after 18 arduous months of closure with the gripping production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Set in the 1950s, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s gothic novel follows Arthur Kipps, a lawyer from London who requests an Actor’s expertise to help tell the chilling me...

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Theatre Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – The Lowry, Salford

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 2020 UK Tour Cast

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 2020 UK Tour Cast. Photo Credit: Robert Day

The accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society return to Salford’s The Lowry with hilarious consequences

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is finally able to tour with their production of ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’, but not everything is going according to plan…

Before the production has even formally begun, one of the actors is missing and audience participation is encouraged to track him down...

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Theatre Review: ANNA X – The Lowry, Salford

Emma Corrin (Anna) & Nabhaan Rizwan (Ariel) in ANNA X. P

Emma Corrin (Anna) & Nabhaan Rizwan (Ariel) in ANNA X. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Drama, music and video combine to make ANNA X a frenetic, fun and ultra-cool ride

4 out of 5 stars

Following its critically acclaimed run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Joseph Charlton’s new play ANNA X heads to Salford’s The Lowry for a week-long run – the play’s only run outside of the capital.

Inspired by the true story of the Russian fraudster, Anna Sorokin, who spent her mid-twenties duping New York’s ar...

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Theatre Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Gerard McCabe & Shaun Blaney in STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Photo Credit: Danny Kaan

Gerard McCabe & Shaun Blaney in STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Photo Credit: Danny Kaan

Capturing the magic of the original with the thrill of new stagecraft, Matthew McElhinney’s revival of Marie Jones’ STONES IN HIS POCKETS still leaves a lasting impression on the audience

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester kick start their 2021 reopening season with the 25th-anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy STONES IN HIS POCKETS. 

Set in Ireland, STONES IN HIS POCKETS follows a...

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Theatre Review: BLOODY ELLE – A GIG MUSICAL – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lauryn Redding in BLOODY ELLE at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Pippa Rankin

Lauryn Redding in BLOODY ELLE at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Pippa Rankin

Best described as part play, part gig, and part musical, BLOODY ELLE is a heart-warming and belly-achingly funny show about falling in love for the very first time

4 out of 5 stars

Fifteen months after it closed its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre finally welcomes back audiences to its intimate in-the-round theatre, opening with a varied first season, including the world premiere of BLOO...

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