Category Theatre Venues

Theatre Review: GREASE – Opera House, Manchester

Nikolai Foster latest touring production of GREASE brings a fresh, contemporary edge to the cult classic, paying homage to the original stage production. 

4 out of 5 stars

Considering the worldwide success of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, it’s easy to forget that GREASE started life on stage in Chicago seven years earlier.

Yet Nikolai Foster’s new touring production proves that there’s much to love about the original, stripping this cult musical back to its source material witho...

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Theatre Review: BALLET BLACK – The Lowry, Salford

BALLET BLACK

Delivering a seamless performance from start to finish, the BALLET BLACK double bill provides a diverse offering that all dance audiences can enjoy

4 out of 5 stars

BALLET BLACK returns to Salford’s The Lowry, with a double bill of thrilling dance to captivate your senses.

Cassa Pancho’s professional British ballet company celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent and is making a fundamental change in the diversity of classical British ballet – the company even created the first UK-made pointe shoes fo...

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Theatre Review: GREASE – Opera House, Manchester

GREASE THE MUSICAL hand jives it’s way to Manchester’s Opera House for an evening of fun, audience vocal participation and bum shaking

4.5 out of 5 stars

It is 43 years to the day that YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT was top of the UK and US Billboard charts. I know this as it number one the day I was born and tonight’s show hits that anniversary too!

GREASE THE MUSICAL hand jives it’s way to Manchester’s Opera House with special guest star Peter Andre playing selected dates as the ethereal Teen Angel and quirk...

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Theatre Interview: RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara talk DEATH DROP

Willam in DEATH DROP

RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara talk about DEATH DROP, a full-scale murder mystery starring some of the most celebrated drag performers

A group of strangers is invited to a remote island for a dinner to celebrate Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tenth wedding anniversary. No one knows the host or why they have been summoned. But before they can figure it out, they start dying. Mysteriously. One by one...

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Theatre Review: ROCK OF AGES – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of ROCK OF AGES UK Tour 2021

The cast of ROCK OF AGES UK Tour 2021. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Despite some issues with its staging, ROCK OF AGES makes for a high energy, feel-good and entertaining evening for fans of rock music

3 out of 5 stars

Grab your leather pants and eyeliner, and ready your best air guitar as the 80’s jukebox rock musical ROCK OF AGES heads to town.

Set to the songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists who underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood, ROCK OF AGES follows small-town girl Sherri...

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Theatre Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Rebecca Wickes, Maddison Firth, Merryl Ansah & Lizzy Parker in HEATHERS THE MUSICAL.

Rebecca Wickes, Maddison Firth, Merryl Ansah & Lizzy Parker in HEATHERS. Photo: Pamela Raith

Gaining somewhat of a cult status, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL takes the razor-sharp darkness of the original film and adds an extravaganza of camp and frothy bitchiness

4 out of 5 stars

Following two record-breaking seasons in London’s West End, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL finally embarks on its first national tour, with a week-long run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Winona Ryder and...

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Theatre Interview: Peter Andre Talks GREASE UK Tour 2021

Peter Andre as Vince Fontaine in GREASE.

Peter Andre as Vince Fontaine in GREASE. Photo Credit: Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Ahead of its run at Manchester’s Opera House, Peter Andre talks about his role as Teen Angel, his varied entertainment career and why the musical GREASE continues to captivate audiences.

Its fair to say that GREASE fans have had to wait a while for the hit musical to finally return to the big stage...

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Theatre Interview: Jeremy Sams Talks THE GOOD LIFE

British theatre director and writer Jeremy Sams talks about bringing iconic 70s British sitcom THE GOOD LIFE to the stage for the first time ever

Asked if he thinks his stage adaptation of 70s sitcom THE GOOD LIFE resonates now, Jeremy Sams laughs and says: “Totally. I’ve spent the last 18 months or so looking at people’s pictures of homemade sourdough on social media and noting the pride they take in it!”

When the TV show premiered in 1975, Tom and Barbara Good (as portrayed by Richard...

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

The cast of DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE.

The cast of DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. Photo Credit: Mark Senior

Loyally sticking to the film, DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE translates well from screen to stage thanks to stunning choreography and strong lead performances.

3.5 out of 5 stars

When DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE first opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006, it became the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history...

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Interview: David Suchet Talks POIROT AND MORE

Production photo for David Suchet Poirot and More

Ahead of his show at Salford’s The Lowry, actor David Suchet talks about his illustrious career on stage, television, film and radio, and his new show POIROT AND MORE

He’s played everyone from Shakespearean kings to Mozart’s nemesis Salieri, Sigmund Freud and Robert Maxwell – not to mention a certain internationally cherished, splendidly moustached little Belgian detective...

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