Category Theatre Venues


Gwyneth Strong in THE MOUSETRAP

Actress Gwyneth Strong talks about her role as Mrs Boyle and what audiences can expect from Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP

The longest-running show in West End history – Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP – heads out on a UK tour with a stop at Salford’s The Lowry next month.

Cut off from the outside world by heavy snow, a group of people gathered in a country house discover that there is a murderer in their midst...

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Theatre Review: BLOOD BROTHERS – The Lowry, Salford


While this latest touring production may not be as polished as previous incarnations, BLOOD BROTHERS still packs a hefty punch

4 out of 5 stars

Few musicals can boast as much acclaim as the multi-award-winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Running for more than 24 years in London’s West End, Bill Kenwright’s production has played more than 10,000 performances to become the third longest-running musical production in West End history. It also continues to see great success on tour as fans packed out The Lowry’s Lyric The...

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Theatre Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester


The cast of HAIR THE MUSICAL UK Tour 2019. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

While HAIR THE MUSICAL may not pack the punch it did back in 1967, this psychedelic and electric production is a joy to watch

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that many musicals are based on events that happened in the past but the 1967 phenomenon HAIR took the world by storm, tackling the Vietnam war as it was happening...

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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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Comedy Review: Seann Walsh – AFTER THIS ONE, I’M GOING HOME – The Lowry, Salford


Fresh after last year’s STRICTLY scandal, comedian Seann Walsh is back on top form with his come back gig AFTER THIS ONE, I’M GOING HOME

4 out of 5 stars

Last October’s STRICTLY COME DANCING stint saw Seann Walsh begin to gain momentum with the public...

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Theatre Review: AMERICAN IDIOT – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour 2019.

The cast of AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour 2019. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson

Expanding on Green Day’s 2004 concept album, AMERICAN IDIOT is an attention-grabbing and entertaining two-hour theatrical rock concert

3.5 out of 5 stars

Sex, drugs and rock and roll take centre stage this week at the Palace Theatre as AMERICAN IDIOT’s spirited rock opera is back in Manchester to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Merging the dingiest Crayola coloured set pieces, confetti canons and a compelling soundtrack, AMERICAN IDIOT expands o...

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Theatre Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – The Lowry, Salford

Adam Jackson Smith and Samantha Womack in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

Adam Jackson Smith and Samantha Womack in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Despite its slow start, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN successfully transfers from page to stage thanks to a powerful and convincing performance from Samantha Womack

3.5 out of 5 stars

When British author Paula Hawkins released her debut novel THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN back in 2015 it took the world by storm, selling an estimated 20 million copies worldwide and resulting in a major film starring Emily Blunt...

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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: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK Tour 2019

With its spellbinding transformations, wild waltzes and visually striking set, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dark and haunting rendition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is wonderfully magical

4 out of 5 stars

The story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST may be a tale as old as time but Birmingham Royal Ballet’s rendition of this classic fairy tale is certainly a lot darker than the enchanting tale we all remember.

Based on the French fairy tale of the same name, BEAUTY AND BEAST tells the story of a cruel Prince cursed to spend...

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

The cast of Opera North's Katya Kabanova

The cast of Opera North’s Katya Kabanova. Photo Credit: Jane Hobson

Performed entirely in English with subtitles on stage, Opera North’s Katya Kabanova offers a short and sweet introduction into the world of opera

3 out of 5 stars

Layering class, duty and passion, Opera North’s Katya Kabanova plunges audiences into her turbulent love life with an intense operatic performance.

Trapped in a small town, a loveless marriage and under the watchful eye of her overbearing mother in-law, Katya unmasks her repressive s...

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