Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: The Hollywood Special Effects Show – The Lowry, Salford

The Hollywood Special Effects Show at The Lowry

The Hollywood Special Effects Show is interesting but ultimately fails to match up to its intended audience

If you’ve been to the cinema this year, chances are you saw a film that contained special effects. Almost every modern film features some form of special effects (SFX), whether its make-up prosthetics or CGI graphics. No surprise then that the team behind THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS SHOW decided to bring the glitz, glamour and gore of Hollywood to the stage.

THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFF...

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Theatre Review: Tom – The Story of Tom Jones, The Lowry

Kit Orton in TOM: THE STORY OF TOM JONES. Image Credit: Simon Gough

Kit Orton performing as Sir Tom Jones in TOM: THE STORY OF TOM JONES. Image Credit: Simon Gough

TOM is a hip-swinging musical full of heart but ultimately struggles to separate the man from the myth

Since Sir Tom Jones first shot to fame in 1965, the Welsh singer has had sold over 100 million records worldwide, claiming 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US. Surprising then that it’s taken almost 50 years for his inspirational story to be brought to the stage.

TOM: THE STORY OF TOM JONES c...

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Theatre Review: THE NIGHT WATCH – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The Night Watch Royal Exchange Theatre

Compelling, thoughtful and theatrically inventive, THE NIGHT WATCH is a story of illicit love and everyday heroism

Sarah Waters’ captivating novel THE NIGHT WATCH has been adapted for the stage for the first time in a fantastic new production by the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Set in the late 1940s, THE NIGHT WATCH follows the stories of five people recovering from the chaos of war...

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Theatre Review: FAGIN’S TWIST – The Lowry, Salford

FAGIN'S TWIST. Photo: Eric Richmond

FAGIN’S TWIST. Photo: Eric Richmond

Bold, ambitious and incredibly inventive, FAGIN’S TWIST shows Dicken’s Oliver Twist in a shadowy new light

Following the highly successful THE BLACK ALBUM in 2014, Avant Garde Dance return to the stage for their first major production, FAGIN’S TWIST.

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic tale, FAGIN’S TWIST tells the untold story of one of literature’s most notorious, complex and misunderstood villains...

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Theatre Review: Pygmalion – Oldham Coliseum

Pygmallion at Oldham Coliseum

Warm, witty and wonderfully funny, PYGMALION is a provocative comedy full of wit

More than a hundred years after its stage premiere, George Bernard Shaw’s sparkling comedy Pygmalion has been revived in a new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Pygmalion tells the tale of Henry Higgins, an egocentric Professor of Phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a poised, well-spoken duchess...

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Theatre Review: Twelfth Night – HOME, Manchester

Twelfth Night by Filter at HOME, Manchester

Wacky, wild and wonderfully weird, Filter’s wonderfully off-kilter production of Twelfth Night is well worth a watch

Music is most definitely the food of love in Filter’s adaptation of Twelfth Night. In fact, rock music meets Shakespeare head on in this explosive reworking of Shakespeare’s lyrical play.

Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young girl who is separated from her twin brother Sebastian following a shipwreck on the shores of Illyria...

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Theatre Review: GRAEME OF THRONES – The Lowry, Salford

Graeme of Thrones

GRAEME OF THRONES is a bonkers but brilliant parody of George RR Martin’s epic novels

Direct from sold out shows in London’s West End, GRAEME OF THRONES warped incarnation of Westeros heads to Salford’s The Lowry this week for a unique theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms.

Based on the international phenomenon Game Of Thrones, GRAEME OF THRONES tells the story of avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme who wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage...

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Theatre Review: 30 DAYS OF THE SMITHS – The Lowry, Salford

‘The Smiths outside Salford Lads Club’. Image courtesy of Stephen Wright.

‘The Smiths outside Salford Lads Club’. Image courtesy of Stephen Wright.

Despite its initial promise, 30 DAYS OF THE SMITHS fails to transfer from page to stage

30 DAYS OF THE SMITHS makes its world premiere as part of WEEK 53 at The Lowry this week, with a special performance at THE DOCK LAUNCH NIGHT.

Described a new art ‘sound installation’, 30 DAYS OF THE SMITHS interweaves the music and lyrics of British guitar group THE SMITHS with visual imagery and electronic music by UK sound artis...

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Theatre Review: STAR BOY PRODUCTIONS – The Lowry, Salford

Star Boy Productions

From fake marriages to scam contracts, STAR BOY PRODUCTIONS examine the psyche of African migrants in Europe

To mark the launch night of the newly opened THE DOCK space, STAR BOY PRODUCTIONS perform the first of two productions for WEEK 53 at The Lowry.

Created by Etuwe Bright Junior, Aloys Kwaakum and Lateef Babatunde of Star Boy Collective, STAR BOY PRODUCTIONS attempts to examine the psyche of African migrants in Europe, poking fun at the clandestine survival tactics they resort to in order ...

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THE DOCK LAUNCH NIGHT – The Lowry, Salford

The Dock Launch Night at The Lowry

Knock on the door, hang up your coat and grab a chair, THE DOCK is open!

As part of WEEK 53, the normally restricted backstage area of The Lowry known as THE DOCK, has opened to the public for the very first time.

The unseen space between the Lyric and Quays theatres has been transformed by artist David Shearing into a festival hub, acting as a bar, a pop-up café, a meeting place, a performance space and a place to hang out between festival events.

For those who haven’t heard of the festival,...

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