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Theatre Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of MATILDA THE MUSICAL UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

The cast of MATILDA THE MUSICAL UK Tour. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

With its witty gags, jaw-dropping magic tricks, fabulous songs and dazzling sets, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is pure theatrical gold

When West End fixture MATILDA THE MUSICAL announced it was embarking on its first UK national tour, my popularity went through the roof. I was suddenly bombarded with a flurry of text messages and endless requests to be my ‘plus one’ to press night...

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Comical, colourful and completely charming, MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL successfully brings the much-loved film to life on stage

Matt Terry as Alex The Lion in MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL. Photo: Scott Rylander

Matt Terry as Alex The Lion in MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL. Photo: Scott Rylander

Comical, colourful and completely charming, MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL successfully brings the much-loved film to life on stage

When Dreamworks’ animated comedy MADAGASCAR first hit cinema screens back in 2005, it took the world by storm. Generating over two billion pounds for the studio, the franchise quickly spawned multiple sequels and spin-off films, including a stage musical which is currently on tour in the UK.

For...

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INTERVIEW: Dennis Kelly Talks MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Playwright Dennis Kelly

Playwright Dennis Kelly talks about his work on MATILDA THE MUSICAL and what it means to be taking the musical out on tour

In many ways, it’s hard to believe that Dennis Kelly had never written a musical before MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Best known for his work in television and film, the British writer admits he was shocked when Jeanie O’Hare at the RSC first approached him about adapting Roald Dahl’s classic for the stage but it was a risk that paid off...

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FAME THE MUSICAL Review: Despite its weak script, Nick Winston’s new touring production is full of energy and vigour 

Fame The Musical UK Tour

Despite its weak script, Nick Winston’s new touring production of FAME THE MUSICAL is full of energy and vigour

Before GLEE (2009-2015) and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2006) came FAME, the original teen musical drama. Directed by Alan Parker, the 1980 film about a group of wannabe New York performers quickly became a success, spawning a hit TV show and a stage musical. 30 years later, FAME THE MUSICAL out on tour once again to celebrate its 30th anniversary, opening at Manchester’s Palace Theatre ...

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INTERVIEW: Tim Minchin Talks MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Tim Minchin

Lyricist and comedian Tim Minchin talks about the success of MATILDA THE MUSICAL and what it means to be taking it out on tour

When comedian Tim Minchin was approached by The Royal Shakespeare Company back in 2008 to write the music for a new stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA, he never could have imagined its success.

Opening to widespread critical acclaim and box-office popularity, MATILDA THE MUSICAL has grown to become one of the most popular theatre shows in London’s West End, wi...

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Theatre Review: MAMMA MIA! – Palace Theatre Manchester

The cast of MAMMA MIA UK Tour

The cast of MAMMA MIA UK Tour. Photo: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous, funny, feel-good musical that will warm the heart

With MAMMA MIA 2 heading to cinemas later this month and Abba’s recent announcement of their first new material in 35 years, there couldn’t be a better time for musical MAMMA MIA! to head out on a UK tour.

Since its opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1999, the hit musical has been seen by over 54 millio...

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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is a feisty, funny and fabulous production packed full of charm, energy and heart

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL.

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Robert Workman

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is a feisty, funny and fabulous production packed full of charm, energy and heart

OMG, you guys! Dust off your little pink dress because LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL has finally arrived in Manchester for a week-long run at the Palace Theatre.

Based on the hit 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL tells the story of popular sorority sister Elle Woods (Lucie Jon...

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INTERVIEW: Steve Michaels Talks THIS IS ELVIS

Steve Michaels in THIS IS ELVIS

Steve Michaels talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the iconic role of Elvis Presley in THIS IS ELVIS

The world is full of Elvis impersonators...

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Theatre Review: THIS IS ELVIS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

THIS IS ELVIS

The King may be dead, but THIS IS ELVIS proves Elvis Presley’s legacy and his songs live on

It’s hard to imagine these days but back in 1968, Elvis Presley was widely regarded as having had his day...

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BLOOD BROTHERS Review: Willy Russell’s award-winning musical has not lost any of its power

Captivating and incredibly moving, Willy Russell’s award-winning musical BLOOD BROTHERS has not lost any of its power

Willy Russell’s award-winning musical BLOOD BROTHERS may be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year but the heart-breaking piece of theatre has not lost any of its power. No matter how many times I see BLOOD BROTHERS, I still get a lump in my throat as I watch the moving story unravel.

Set in 1960s Liverpool, BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating tale of two brothers, Eddi...

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