Category Theatre Venues

Theatre Review: THE WIZ – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Andre & Llewellyn Graham in THE WIZ

Tarik Fimpong, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Andre & Llewellyn Graham in THE WIZ. Photo: Pamela Raith

Reimagined for a contemporary audience, THE WIZ is a glorious celebration of self-determination, self-empowerment, and Black culture.

5 out of 5 stars

Hope Mill Theatre stage the first new UK production of THE WIZ in 10 years, bringing this award-winning Broadway musical to life this Christmas.

Based on L...

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Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! – The Lowry, Salford

Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Refreshed and reinvigorated for 2021, Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! is a spectacular treat for the eyes and ears

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s hard to believe Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER! is almost 30 years old. The award-winning choreographer has a rare knack for keeping his productions fresh, as his latest touring production aptly demonstrates.

Inspired by E.T.A...

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Theatre Interview: Samantha Womack Talks THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Sam Womack in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Actress Samantha Womack talks about her role as the villainous White Witch in Michael Fentiman’s adaption of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Samantha Womack has long been a familiar and much-admired presence on TV, but the actress currently touring the country in THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE wants to make one point clear: the stage, she feels, is her natural home.

“The theatre feels to me kinder,” Womack was saying one recent afternoon, speaking to theatre critic Matt Wolf from ...

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Theatre Review: WHO CARES – The Lowry, Salford


Hard-hitting, emotional, and incredibly powerful, WHO CARES gives a vital insight into the lives of young carers across the country.

5 out of 5 stars

Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examines the impact of austerity, our failing social care system and what happens when a child becomes the parent in their latest production, WHO CARES.

Set against a backdrop of blue school lockers, three actors are already on stage as the audience enters the intimate performing space, taking...

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Theatre Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER – The Lowry, Salford

Tom Chambers as Tony and Diana Vickers as Margot in DIAL M FOR MURDER

With its farcical delivery, Anthony Banks’ adaption of DIAL M FOR MURDER takes a different approach to Frederick Knott’s classic thriller

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that DIAL M FOR MURDER has somewhat of a fond place in this reviewer’s heart. As the first ever theatre review published on Frankly My Dear UK, the show marks a return to full circle for the site, as a new production by Anthony Banks’ production heads out on a UK tour.

Based on the play by Frederick Knott, DIAL M FOR MURDER tells t...

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Theatre Review: DRACULA: THE UNTOLD STORY – The Lowry, Salford

Combining live-action with graphic artwork, DRACULA: THE UNTOLD STORY shifts between reality and fantasy, adding a new level of power and horror to this classic story.

5 out of 5 stars

Dracula has been revisited many times over the years on film, radio, graphic novel, and television; even THE SIMPSONS have had a stab at it, but this new interpretation from Imitating The Dog theatre company sets the bar higher than before.

Using a combination of live-action and real-time generated graphic artwork, DRACULA: THE ...

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Theatre Review: Opera North’s CARMEN – The Lowry, Salford

Brave, bold and perfectly cast, Opera North’s CARMEN brings George Bizet’s iconic opera into the present.

4 out of 5 stars

Opera North’s decision to run George Bizet’s CARMEN as their post-Covid breakout performance is a brave and a bold one – and is as camp as you like!

A far cry from the cliched Spain of Bizet’s original, Edward Dick opts to set his version in an indistinctly defined American border town...

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Theatre Review: WAITRESS – Opera House, Manchester

With its sweet staging, stunning musical numbers, and sparkling wit, WAITRESS proves itself to be the perfect recipe.

4 out of 5 stars

After being rescheduled from winter 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first UK tour of WAITRESS finally heads to the Opera House this week, giving Manchester’s theatre lovers the sweet treat they have been craving.

Based on the 2007 indie film of the same name, WAITRESS follows Jenna, an expert pie-maker and waitress at a local diner who dreams of some happiness in her lif...

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Theatre Interview: Anthony Banks Talks DIAL M FOR MURDER

Tom Chambers as Tony Wendice in DIAL M FOR MURDER

Ahead of its run at Salford’s The Lowry, Director Anthony Banks and actors Tom Chambers, Diana Vickers and Christopher Harper talk about DIAL M FOR MURDER and why this classic thriller continues to captivate audiences

As he restarts the tour of classic thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER that had to be halted last year because of lockdown, Anthony Banks is excited that live theatre is up and running again.

“You can’t beat it,” the director says of the theatrical experience. “That shared experien...

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Theatre Review: THE GOOD LIFE – The Lowry, Salford

Rufus Hound as Tom in THE GOOD LIFE

Rufus Hound as Tom in THE GOOD LIFE. Photo Credit: Dan Tsantilis

A strong cast performance and delightful staging help to keep THE GOOD LIFE engaging, even if the comedy fails to generate the genuine belly laughs that the original generated

3 out of 5 stars

With sustainability and climate change high on the UK’s agenda, you can see why Adapter and Director Jeremy Sams decided to bring THE GOOD LIFE to the stage. After all, if the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of self-sufficiency.

Y...

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