Category Theatre Venues

THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alex Lodge and the cast of The Osmonds A New Musical.

Alex Lodge and the cast of THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL. Photo: Pamela Raith

Driven by some energetic and infectious performances, THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL gives us a glimpse into Osmond family life but barely digs beneath the surface.

3.5 out of 5 stars

With more than 100m record sales to their name and a wealth of hit songs in their back catalogue, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for an official Osmonds musical to take to the stage… until now.

THE OSMONDS: A NEW MUSICAL tells the story of five brother...

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Theatre Review: SOUTH PACIFIC – Opera House, Manchester

Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Sera Maehara (Liat) & Rob Houchen (Joe Cable) in SOUTH PACIFIC.

Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Sera Maehara (Liat) & Rob Houchen (Joe Cable) in SOUTH PACIFIC. Photo: Johan Persson

Juxtaposing the lushness of the piece with an underlying threat of violent bigotry, Daniel Evans’ vibrant production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC emphasises the anti-racist message of the 1949 Broadway hit.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Following a successful run in 2021, Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC launches at Manchest...

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25 YEARS OF LORD OF THE DANCE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Despite some odd staging choices, 25 YEARS OF LORD OF THE DANCE is a fast paced, exhilarating and spectacularly fun crowd pleaser that will entertain the whole family.

25 YEARS OF LORD OF THE DANCE UK Tour. Photo Credit: Brian Doherty

4.5 out of 5 stars

After two and a half decades of standing ovations across 70 countries, 25 YEARS OF LORD OF THE DANCE arrives at Manchester’s Palace Theatre with a bang this week.

The buzz of excitement that runs through the audience as the lights begin to dim demonstrates the c...

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Theatre Review: SISTER ACT – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of SISTER ACT

The cast of SISTER ACT. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Big, bold and bright, SISTER ACT plays to its strengths, making this feel-good musical worthy of its new run.

4 out of 5 stars

Following its postponed run in 2021, the eagerly anticipated brand-new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical SISTER ACT finally makes its premiere at Manchester’s Palace Theatre ahead of a major London run.

Based on the hit 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, SISTER ACT follows club singer Deloris Van Cartier who is pu...

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Theatre Review: CLUEDO – The Lowry, Salford

The ensemble cast of CLUEDO UK Tour 2022.

The ensemble cast of CLUEDO UK Tour 2022. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

Despite some uneven pacing, CLUEDO makes for a fun and nostalgic evening of entertainment.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Everyone’s favourite murder mystery board game takes to the stage this Summer, with a new UK tour of CLUEDO.

Based on the hit 1985 film CLUE and inspired by the classic board game, CLUEDO follows six distinguished guests who are invited to dinner one dark and stormy night by the mysterious Mr Boddy.

As the night progresses, it soon becom...

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Theatre Review: ANYTHING GOES – Palace Theatre, Manchester

With its show-stopping dance routines, stunning set, and all-star cast, ANYTHING GOES makes for a delightful, delicious and ‘de-lovely’ production.

5 out of 5 stars

Following its sell-out run at the Barbican in London, Kathleen Marshall’s award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES makes a welcome return in 2022 as it heads out on a UK tour with an all-new cast.

Based on the songs of Cole Porter, ANYTHING GOES follows the lives of various passengers abroad ocean liner SS American from New York to London...

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THE LION KING LAUNCH EVENT

Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre later this year, Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical

Frankly, My Dear UK was invited to a special launch event at the Palace Theatre with the cast and crew of Disney’s THE LION KING musical, due to land in Manchester in October this year.

Based on the 1994 animated Disney film, THE LION KING has brought its magic to our stages for over 23 years, first gracing our au...

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Theatre Review: NORTHERN BALLET’S CASANOVA – The Lowry, Salford

Joseph Taylor and Minju Kang in Northern Ballet's Casanova. Photo Credit Emma Kauldhar

Joseph Taylor and Minju Kang in Northern Ballet’s Casanova. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Enhanced perfectly by its opulent set and costume design, Northern Ballet’s CASANOVA is a sensual delight and a masterclass in balletic storytelling.

4 out of 5 stars

We all know the word Casanova; it’s thrown around when describing someone notorious for seducing women and having many lovers. The term originally comes from the Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, and many will not know his story...

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Theatre Review: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Opera House, Manchester

Cast of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN UK Tour

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

With its fabulous score, inventive choreography, and high production values, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is a joyous celebration of musical theatre.

5 out of 5 stars

It may have been 10 years since Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN was first brought to life at Chichester Festival Theatre, but this fabulous fast-footed feast is still capable of making a splash as it heads to Manchester’s Opera House as part of a n...

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Theatre Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Opera House, Manchester

Scott Paige as Uncle Fester (centre) with the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Pamela Raith

Scott Paige and the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Despite its strong cast performance, THE ADDAMS FAMILY’s musical score lacks memorable melodies and spectacular harmonies to make it something special.

3 out of 5 stars

MOVE TOWARD THE DARKNESS and allow yourself to be PULLED in by THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Manchester’s Opera House: the distinct, gothic musical-comedy will have you laughing and falling in love in perfect synchronicity.

Wednesday Addams (Kingsley Morton) has fallen for a ‘norma...

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