Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: THE JAMES PLAYS – The Lowry, Salford

James II from THE JAMES PLAYS. Image Credit: Manuel Harlan

James II from THE JAMES PLAYS. Image Credit: Manuel Harlan

Following its successful run at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Rona Munro’s award-winning THE JAMES PLAYS heads to The Lowry this weekend as part of a national tour.

The vividly imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart kings – James I, II and III – who ruled Scotland from 1406 to 1488.

The first play, JAMES I: THE KEY WILL KEEP THE LOCK tells the story of James I (Steven Miller), the heir to the throne w...

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Theatre Review: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – The Lowry, Salford

Pixie Lott in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Image Credit: Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Slick and stylish, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S shines in some areas and disappoints in others

More than 50 years after the release of the iconic film, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S is given a new lease of life in a brand-new stage production starring the pop princess Pixie Lott.

Based on the classic novella by Truman Capote, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S tells the story of Holly Golightly (Lott), a young New York socialit...

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Theatre Review: KING LEAR – Royal Exchange, Manchester

King Lear, Royal Exchange

Philip Whitchurch (Earl of Gloucester) & Don Warrington (King Lear) in KING LEAR.  © Jonathan Keenan

Hard-hitting, savage and incredibly intense, Talawa’s production of KING LEAR is a brutal and bloody tale of a family tearing each other apart

Following their groundbreaking production of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS in 2013, Talawa Theatre Company and Artistic Director Michael Buffong return to the Royal Exchange with a new version of William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR.

The classic tragedy t...

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Theatre Review: THE HERBAL BED – The Lowry, Salford

The Herbal Bed Photo by Mark Douet

THE HERBAL BED is an intelligent piece of theatre, full of drama, debate and old-fashioned virtues

To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Peter Whelan’s gripping 1996 play THE HERBAL BED has been revived in a new production directed by Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre.

Inspired by the real-life scandal involving William Shakespeare’s daughter, THE HERBAL BED tells the fictitious story of Susanna Hall, Shakespeare’s eldest daughter who is publicly accused ...

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Theatre Review: DICK TRACY – The Lowry, Salford

Le Navet Bete Dick Tracy

Sharp, slick and silly, DICK TRACY is a fast-paced, slapstick romp that will have you crying with laughter

Director John Nicholson teams up once again with the award-winning Le Navet Bete to present DICK TRACY, a highly energy, slightly bonkers, physical comedy about the world-famous detective.

Based loosely on the comic book character of the 1930s, DICK TRACY follows the crime fighter and all round good guy as he attempts to stay one-step ahead of the criminals and clean up the city...

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Theatre Review: THE WITCHES – The Lowry, Salford

Cast of The Witches and Sarah Ingram

Sarah Ingram and the cast of THE WITCHES.  Image Credit: Catherine Ashmore

Playful, inventive and deliciously disgusting, THE WITCHES brings Roald Dahl’s iconic book to life

Roald Dahl’s award-winning novel THE WITCHES is brought to life in a tremendous new stage production directed by Nikolai Foster.

Originally published in 1983, THE WITCHES tells the story of a young boy who is sent to live with his Grandmother after his parents are killed in a horrific car crash...

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Theatre Review: WHAT’S DONE, IS DONE – HOME, Manchester

What's Done Is Done CAN Young Artists

Bold, original and innovative, WHAT’S DONE, IS DONE is a thought-provoking piece of theatre by CAN Young Artists

Community Arts North West (CAN) presented their first production WHAT’S DONE, IS DONE at Manchester’s HOME venue yesterday as part of the World Stages Festival.

WHAT’S DONE, IS DONE tells the story of Trish, an outsider who is fed up of watching all her schoolmates having fun from her bedroom window...

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Theatre Review: THE MERRY WIVES – The Lowry, Salford

Barry Rutter and Becky Hindley in THE MERRY WIVES. Image: Nobby Clark ©

Barry Rutter and Becky Hindley in Northern Broadsides’ THE MERRY WIVES. Image Credit: Nobby Clark ©

Lively, inventive and wickedly funny, Northern Broadsides’ production of THE MERRY WIVES is a full-on farce that’s sure to entertain

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR may not have been one of Shakespeare’s favourite plays but it certainly appears to be one of Barry Rutter’s...

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Theatre Review: Our Gracie – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Our Gracie at Oldham Coliseium

Warm, funny and moving, Our Gracie is a touching musical tribute to Rochdale’s finest export

37 years after her death, Dame Gracie Fields’ extraordinary life story is brought to life in a brand-new stage production written for Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre.

The former mill girl from Rochdale rose to international fame in 1931 with Sally In Our Alley, the film which featured her signature tune for the next 40 years, Sally...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ROMEO AND JULIET – The Lowry, Salford

Joseph Caley as Romeo and Momoko Hirata as Juliet. Image Credit: Andrew Ross

Joseph Caley as Romeo and Momoko Hirata as Juliet in BRB’s ROMEO & JULIET. Image Credit: Andrew Ross

Passionate, emotional and breathtaking, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET is simply spectacular

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016 Shakespeare season looks amazing. The world-class ballet company is performing seven ballets at 10 venues across the UK as part of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death...

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