Category Theatre Reviews

Theatre Review: SNOW WHITE – Opera House, Manchester

Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen in SNOW WHITE. Photo Credit

Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen in SNOW WHITE. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood shines as the Wicked Queen to make SNOW WHITE the fairest panto in all the land

4.5 out of 5 stars

With its jaw-dropping dance sequences, side-splitting comedy and sensational special effects, SNOW WHITE proves itself to be the fairest panto in all the land – or in Manchester at least, this Christmas. 

Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood leads the cast as the extraordinarily ad...

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Theatre Review: THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD – The Lowry, Salford

Combining magical storytelling with music and audience participation, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD is just what theatre for children should be – engaging and beautiful

4 out of 5 stars

Children, parents, guardians and grandparents alike all piled into the Quays Theatre for THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD at The Lowry. 

Based on the bestselling sequel to the smash-hit picture book THE GRUFFALO, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD follows the adventures of said youngster who sets foot in the deep dark wood...

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Theatre Review: GYPSY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY.

Ria Jones as Rose in GYPSY at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” once again for the Royal Exchange with their wild and magnificent Christmas production of GYPSY

4.5 out of 5 stars

From GUYS AND DOLLS and SWEET CHARITY to THE PRODUCERS, it’s fair to say that Royal Exchange Theatre has a bit of a reputation for redefining Broadway musicals...

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Theatre Review: PETER PAN GOES WRONG – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of PETER PAN GOES WRONG UK Tour

The cast of PETER PAN GOES WRONG UK Tour. Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

Clever, funny and a riot to watch, PETER PAN GOES WRONG is a brilliant example of slapstick and physical comedy

4 out of 5 stars

The fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is a plucky, sometimes misguided theatre company. For their Christmas play (it is NOT a panto!) director Chris Bean (Connor Crawford) has decided to produce Peter Pan...

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Theatre Review: THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Paul Greenwood and Ryan Kopel in The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit

Paul Greenwood & Ryan Kopel in THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT. Photo Credit: Phil Tragen

While THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT isn’t without its flaws, it is a show with immense promise

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever wondered whatever became of Tiny Tim after the events of A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Hope Mill Theatre answers this very question with their latest production of THE ASTONISHING TIMES OF TIMOTHY CRATCHIT, a Victorian sequel to the Charles Dickens’ classic.

Set almost a decade after the events...

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Theatre Review: LIGHT FALLS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lloyd Hutchinson, Witney White, Rebecca Manley, Katie West & David Moorst in LIGHT FALLS

The company of LIGHT FALLS at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Funny, emotional and wonderfully performed, LIGHT FALLS is a bittersweet, richly layered play about life in the face of death

4 out of 5 stars

After 21 years at the venue including four as Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom says goodbye to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this month with another stunningly staged production about family, community and the fragility of life. 

LIGHT FALLS tells the story of a family, draw...

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Theatre Review: ON YOUR FEET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

What ON YOUR FEET lacks in drama, it more than makes up for with its music

3.5 out of 5 stars

You may not know the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan but you’ll certainly know their sound. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine topped the charts with their unique Latin-dance vibe, selling an estimated 115 million records worldwide and bagging three Grammy awards on the way...

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Theatre Review: THE EXORCIST – Opera House, Manchester

Eliza Capel (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIS

Susannah Edgley (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIST. Photo Credit: TheOtherRichard

With more tricks than Houdini, THE EXORCIST is a nostalgic revival of the classic 1973 film, paying homage to its unique narrative and direction

3 out of 5 stars

All your favourite horror tropes are hitting the Opera House as audiences call on Damien to resurrect the Oscar-winning thriller.

The live rendition of the supernatural tale continues the battle between good and evil, following 12-year-old Regan (...

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Theatre Review: AVENUE Q – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of AVENUE Q UK Tour

Filthy, foul-mouthed and incredibly funny, AVENUE Q  is not the kind of puppet show you take your kids to see

4 out of 5 stars

As a long-time theatre reviewer, I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me this long to see AVENUE Q. The Tony award-winning musical comedy first arrived in the UK back in 2006, spending two years in London’s West End before setting out on tour. Now, for the third time, AVENUE Q is back, with a new production directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré.

Best described as an X-rate...

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Theatre Review: CURTAINS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Poking fun out of the purest love, CURTAINS is a heartfelt celebration of the romance of musicals

3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that the road to Broadway for CURTAINS THE MUSICAL has been nearly as fraught as that of “Robbin’ Hood”...

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