Category Palace Theatre Manchester

Theatre Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Winning over loyal fans and first-timers, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is extremely enjoyable, high-octane party

4 out of 5 stars

Dust off those fishnets, squeeze into that corset and glitter yourself head to toe for a night of raunchy mayhem at Richard O’Brien’s original rock and roll musical, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW follows an evening of diabolical chaos when strait-laced college sweethearts Brad (Ore Obuda) and fiancée Janet’s (Hayley Flaherty) car breaks down on a dark, rainy night.

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Theatre Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK – Palace Theatre, Manchester

SCHOOL OF ROCK UK Tour 2022

Fun, energetic and featuring a tremendous young cast, SCHOOL OF ROCK is a thrilling musical that the whole family will enjoy.

4 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s Palace Theatre kicked off 2022 in true Rock ‘n’ Roll style with the first ever UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical SCHOOL OF ROCK.

Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, SCHOOL OF ROCK tells the story of failed rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school to pay his rent.

Despera...

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Theatre Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON – Palace Theatre, Manchester

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

THE BOOK OF MORMON. UK touring company. Photo Criedit: Paul Coltas

Damnably clever, brilliantly conceived and superbly executed, THE BOOK OF MORMON is one of the funniest and clever musicals of the last decade.

5 out of 5 stars

Smash hit musical THE BOOK OF MORMON makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this week. The Tony Award-winning show enjoyed a sold-out stint in 2019 when it opened its first UK tour at the venue with extra dates added several times due to high demand.

Written by Trey Park...

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Theatre Review: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The cast of BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

With its dazzling effects, accomplished puppetry, catchy score and excellent cast performance, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS is a feast for eyes and ears.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s been 50 years since Disney’s BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS cast its spell on the big screen. Often unfairly regarded as the poor relation to MARY POPPINS due to its similarities in style and song, this magical musical has taken a good while to make it onto the stage...

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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 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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Theatre Interview: Dianne Pilkington Talks BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS

Dianne Pilkington in Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Dianne Pilkington in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Wigan-born actor Dianne Pilkington talks about taking on the iconic role of Miss Eglantine Price in Disney’s new stage musical BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS

Aren’t we due a bit of magic in our lives? Dianne Pilkington thinks so. She is staring in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, and she, for one, is thrilled to be dreaming of the impossible again.

“It’s my first theatre job back,” says the Wigan-born actor who plays Miss Eglantine Pr...

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Interview: Jason Donovan Talks PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Jason Donovan talks PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Photo Credit: Steve Schofield

Australian actor Jason Donovan talks about his role as a first-time producer, his career highlights and why PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the perfect post-lockdown show

Following his star role in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Australian actor Jason Donovan makes a welcome return to the hit musical, but this time as a producer.

PRISCILLA marks Donovan’s first time as a producer, having performed in the cast of...

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Theatre Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Robert Goodale and Anthony Eden bring Susan Hill’s terrifying gothic novel THE WOMAN IN BLACK to life on stage, leading the audience into a false sense of security

4.5 out of 5 stars

Manchester’s iconic Palace Theatre welcomes back audiences after 18 arduous months of closure with the gripping production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Set in the 1950s, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s gothic novel follows Arthur Kipps, a lawyer from London who requests an Actor’s expertise to help tell the chilling me...

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Theatre Review: CABARET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

John Partridge as Emcee in CABARET. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

John Partridge as Emcee in CABARET. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Using the Kit Kat Club as a metaphor, Rufus Norris delivers a visual spectacle with CABARET

4 out of 5 stars

It’s testament to the popularity of hit musical CABARET that the Bill Kenwright’s production is back on the road just two years after its last UK tour starring Will Young and Louise Redknapp.

Set in Berlin in 1931, the multiple Tony award-winning musical follows American writer Cliff Bradshaw who stumbles across the seedy Kit Kat Cl...

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