Category Opera House Manchester

Theatre Review: CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester


Camp, cheesy and full of fun, CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL is the 1980s answer to LOVE ISLAND

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ever since I saw George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley live it up in the so-called ‘Club Tropicana’, I’ve wanted to go. After all, this is a place where drinks are free and there’s fun and sunshine enough for everyone. So when the producers of hit UK tour HAIRSPRAY decided to make a brand-new 80s musical inspired by the Wham! hit, I was naturally in.

Set at the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel in Majo...

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Theatre Review: THE KING AND I – Opera House, Manchester

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I UK Tour

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Bartlett Sher handles this politically tricky piece with care, respect and skill to deliver a wonderfully lush and beautifully staged revival of THE KING AND I that is a joy to watch

4 out of 5 stars

Following its multi-award winning run on Broadway and its record-breaking sold-out season at the London Palladium, American director Bartlett Sher brings his revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I to Manche...

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INTERVIEW: Joe McFadden and Rita Simons Talk THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Rita Simons and Joe McFadden in THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Rita Simons and Joe McFadden in THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

BAFTA-nominated actor Joe McFadden and award-winning actress Rita Simons talk about their roles in Peter James’ spine-tingling new thriller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

Peter James’ spine-tingling new thriller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL heads to Manchester’s Opera House next month as part of a new UK tour.

Starring BAFTA-nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017, Joe McFadden and award-winning actr...

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Theatre Review: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Opera House, Manchester

Jodie Prenger as Beverly and Calum Callaghan as Tony in ABIGAIL'S PARTY

Jodie Prenger as Beverly and Calum Callaghan as Tony in ABIGAIL’S PARTY.

Sarah Esdaile squeezes every bit of humour out of Mike Leigh’s bitter comedy ABIGAIL’S PARTY but ultimately undercuts the emotional impact of the ending

3.5 out of 5 stars

As someone who never lived through the 1970s, I always imagine the era to be a mix of bell-bottomed flares, big afros, disco music and dodgy moustaches. These very thoughts were confirmed as the curtain was raised for Mike Leigh’s iconic ABIGAIL’S PARTY at Manchester’...

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Theatre Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Opera House, Manchester

Mark Benton and Nigel Harman in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS is an acute, revealing piece but Sam Yates’ touring production doesn’t quite close the deal as successfully as it should

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that the salesman has become almost an archetypal figure in America, embodying the American dream and taking a central role in works of art and literature such as in Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN...

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Theatre Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester


The Four Tops in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

With its goldmine of hits, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is a feel-good show about this iconic period in music and popular culture history

4 out of 5 stars

Mention the word Motown and you’re more likely to think of the US city of Detroit, not the UK city of Manchester. Yet this humble Northern city has more links to the iconic record label than you may think as MOTOWN THE MUSICAL aptly demonstrates.

Based on the autobiography by Berry Gordy Jr...

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Theatre Review: THE FULL MONTY – Opera House, Manchester


Rowdy and raucous, THE FULL MONTY is the ultimate crowd pleaser and a hilarious adaption of the hit 1997 film

First performed in 2013, the stage production of THE FULL MONTY is an adapted version of the 1997 film about a group of unemployed men who decide to become strippers for a night to raise money. The film was a major success upon release, becoming the highest earning film in the UK until it was outsold by TITANIC.

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers’s presentation of the Sheffield Theatres produc...

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Theatre Review: ANNIE – Opera House, Manchester

ANNIE UK Tour. Photo: Paul Coltas

The cast of ANNIE UK Tour. Photo: Paul Coltas

Nikolai Foster’s touring production of ANNIE certainly looks and sounds the part but the 40-year-old story is beginning to show its age

Forget the adults, it’s the kids who rule theatre at the moment. From Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK, the array of young talent gracing the stage in 2019 is certainly impressive as Nikolai Foster’s touring revival of ANNIE clearly demonstrates.


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The cast of THE FULL MONTY tell the naked truth as they embark on the final tour of the show

With just four months left to go on their UK tour, Vicky Edwards gets the naked truth from the cast of THE FULL MONTY as they embark upon the FINAL tour of the show. 

It may be the last ever tour of this particular production, but it is the story that keeps on giving. Originally an award-winning movie, as a stage play THE FULL MONTY has won both awards and hearts...

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Theatre Review: JERSEY BOYS – Opera House, Manchester


Four guys, four stories, one unforgettable musical, JERSEY BOYS certainly lives up to the hype

West End and Broadway extravaganza JERSEY BOYS tells the remarkable tale of four ordinary boys from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who went on to sell 100 million records worldwide.

Frankie Valli, Tommy De Vito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio take us on a feel-good ride through the trials and tribulations of their lives as they write their own songs, create their own unique sounds and climb to...

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