Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES – The Lowry, Salford

Jake Ferretti & Niall Ransome in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Jake Ferretti & Niall Ransome in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Photo: Pamela Raith

Fun, fast-paced and farcical, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is a three-handed masterclass in the art of comedic storytelling

4 out of 5 stars

It is 120 years since THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES first seeped into the public consciousness like the fog on Dartmoor. The original serialisation in The Strand magazine is arguably one of the most famous detective stories of all time...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE – The Lowry, Salford

Thom Tuck and Dennis Herdman in The Play What I Wrote.

Thom Tuck and Dennis Herdman in THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Fast-paced, nostalgic and packed full of laughs, THE PLAY THAT I WROTE is a loving celebration of good old-fashioned comedy.

4 out of 5 stars

When THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE first hit the stage 20 years ago, it became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Paying homage to the legendary comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, the play was nominated for four Olivier Awards, winning Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actor for Toby Jones...

Read More

Theatre Review: Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD – The Lowry, Salford

Gaynor Faye, Luke Ward-Wilkinson, Leon Stewart & Adam Woodyatt in LOOKING GOOD DEAD Photo: Alastair Muir

Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD carefully balances humour with plenty of chilling scenes, despite its increasingly complex plot and light-hearted delivery

3 out of 5 stars

Following the stage success of THE PERFECT MURDER and DEAD SIMPLE, the world premiere of Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD heads to The Lowry this week, starring EastEnders icon Adam Woodyatt and award-winning actor Gaynor Faye.

Based on James...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Winning over loyal fans and first-timers, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is extremely enjoyable, high-octane party

4 out of 5 stars

Dust off those fishnets, squeeze into that corset and glitter yourself head to toe for a night of raunchy mayhem at Richard O’Brien’s original rock and roll musical, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW follows an evening of diabolical chaos when strait-laced college sweethearts Brad (Ore Obuda) and fiancée Janet’s (Hayley Flaherty) car breaks down on a dark, rainy night.

As they ...

Read More

Theatre Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK – Palace Theatre, Manchester

SCHOOL OF ROCK UK Tour 2022

Fun, energetic and featuring a tremendous young cast, SCHOOL OF ROCK is a thrilling musical that the whole family will enjoy.

4 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s Palace Theatre kicked off 2022 in true Rock ‘n’ Roll style with the first ever UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical SCHOOL OF ROCK.

Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, SCHOOL OF ROCK tells the story of failed rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school to pay his rent.

Despera...

Read More

Theatre Review: ALADDIN – Opera House, Manchester

Alexandra Burke as Sherezade in ALADDIN.

Alexandra Burke as Sherezade in ALADDIN. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

With gags and laughter aplenty, ALADDIN is everything you want from a family panto, but done to perfection on a big scale.

5 out of 5 stars

ALADDIN’s magic carpet has landed in Manchester and is set to dazzle audiences with this high energy, glitzy, hilarious, relevant and utterly sensational pantomime.

Pantomimes are a festive staple, and after over a year without, this production of ALADDIN spares no expense in creating a hit that has everyt...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE – The Lowry, Salford

Shaka Kalokoh & Samantha Womack in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. Photo: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

From its clever puppetry to its strong cast performance, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is a visually stunning masterpiece of physical theatre.

5 out of 5 stars

Direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is back and at Salford’s The Lowry for Christmas!

The show opens with Vera Lynn classic WE’LL MEET AGAIN as Mrs Pevensie says goodbye to he...

Read More

Theatre Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON – Palace Theatre, Manchester

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

Damnably clever, brilliantly conceived and superbly executed, THE BOOK OF MORMON is one of the funniest and clever musicals of the last decade.

5 out of 5 stars

Smash hit musical THE BOOK OF MORMON makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this week. The Tony Award-winning show enjoyed a sold-out stint in 2019 when it opened its first UK tour at the venue with extra dates added several times due to high demand.

Written by Trey Park...

Read More

Theatre Review: Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern at Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel successfully capture the fizzy, frothing, joyous comedy of Morecambe and Wise, bringing laughs, joy and sunshine with their magical Christmas show

5 out of 5 stars

Let me take you on a journey through space and time. We start our journey in 2021 but the destination is any living room in Britain in the 1970s on Christmas Day. Queen’s Speech, Christmas dinner and then the joy that was the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show...

Read More

Theatre Review: SPINACH – The Edge Theatre, Manchester

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious, SPINACH is the perfect mix of music and comedy with an unusual, twisting storyline.

4 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary with two-week run of Janine Waters’ critically acclaimed musical SPINACH, which coincidentally, also celebrates its 10th year anniversary.

Upon entering the auditorium, the audience’s attention is captured by two individuals tied back-to-back on chairs in a dark setting, accompanied by the faint ...

Read More