Category Theatre Venues

Theatre Review: Northern Broadsides MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – The Lowry, Salford

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade and Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Simeon Truby, Linford Jonhson, Robert Wade & Matt Rixon in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. © Nobby Clark

Northern Broadsides’ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a parade of good humour, joy, deceit and forgiveness wrapped up in a Britain facing war

4 out of 5 stars

This Northern Broadsides production is Conrad Nelson’s last directorial role for the company, and he has done well to bring out the comedy and the tragedy of Shakespeare’s play, by interspersing 1940s world war songs and dances with the complex language of Shakespe...

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Theatre Review: EDUCATING RITA – The Lowry, Salford

Jessica Johnson and Stephen Tompkinson in EDUCATING RITA

Drawing on every emotion to produce a profoundly moving yet hilarious two-hander, EDUCATING RITA feels as fresh, vibrant and relevant today as it did nearly 40 years ago

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Willy Russell has a knack for creating human stories. From BLOOD BROTHERS and SHIRLEY VALENTINE to OUR DAY OUT and STAGS AND HENS, his plays just seem to strike a chord no matter what their age, as David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Theatre by the Lake’s latest touring version of EDUCATING RITA deftly demo...

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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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Music Review: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Lowry, Salford

ukulele orchestra of great Britain

Mixing light-hearted entertainment with dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music, its easy to see why the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a national treasure

5 out of 5 stars

Straight off the back of their US tour, George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is primed and ready for a run of dates across the UK...

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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: HOME, I’M DARLING – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I'M DARLING

Katherine Parkinson as Judy in HOME, I’M DARLING. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

E-bay, the internet and mobile phones meet the 1950s in HOME, I’M DARLING

3 out of 5 stars

Laura Wade’s witty comedy brings to life one woman’s desire to be the perfect 1950s housewife in a world where fetching her husband’s slippers and descaling the taps with lemon juice is all part of the daily routine.

The married couple decide to take on a nostalgic way of life, immersing themselves in a fantasy world which slowly seems t...

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Theatre Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Kira Malou (Baby) Michael O'Reilly (Johnny) in DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE.

Kira Malou & Michael O’Reilly in DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

Loyally sticking to the film, DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE dazzles thanks to its stunning choreography and ingenious staging

4 out of 5 stars

As a child of the 80s, I’m not ashamed to say that DIRTY DANCING is one of my favourite films of all time...

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Theatre Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Niall Sheehy as Sam and Rebekah Lowings as Molly in GHOST THE MUSICAL.

Niall Sheehy as Sam and Rebekah Lowings as Molly in GHOST THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Translating well from film to stage, GHOST THE MUSICAL remains true to the original but falters in its musical numbers

3.5 out of 5 stars

Few films are as much loved as GHOST. Released in 1990, the Oscar-winning love story is classed as one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits, becoming the highest grossing film of the year and winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin an Oscar for his efforts...

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INTERVIEW: Niall Sheehy, Rebekah Lowings and Jacqui DuBois Talk GHOST THE MUSICAL

Niall Sheehy as Sam and Rebekah Lowings as Molly in GHOST THE MUSICAL.

Niall Sheehy (Sam) and Rebekah Lowings (Molly) in GHOST THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Niall Sheehy, Rebekah Lowings and Jacqui DuBois talk about bringing iconic story GHOST THE MUSICAL to the stage

GHOST THE MUSICAL heads to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this week as part of a new UK tour.

Adapted from the hit 1990 film, GHOST THE MUSICAL tells the story of Sam, who is murdered whilst walking back to his apartment with his beloved girlfriend Molly one night...

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Theatre Review: WEST SIDE STORY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Gabriela Garcia (Maria) & Andy Coxon (Tony) in WEST SIDE STORY.

Gabriela Garcia and Andy Coxon in WEST SIDE STORY. Photo: Richard Davenport of The Other Richard

Punchy, fresh and more relevant than ever before, Sarah Frankcom’s WEST SIDE STORY brings a whole new energy to the bona fide Broadway classic

5 out of 5 stars

Over the past few years, the Royal Exchange has been making a speciality out of reshaping classic musicals. From LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and SWEET CHARITY to GUYS AND DOLLS and THE PRODUCERS, the theatre has gained somewhat of a reputation for its fresh takes ...

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