Category Palace Theatre Manchester

MISS SAIGON Review: Cameron Mackintosh's epic touring production is musical theatre at its very best

Sooha Kim and Gerald Santos in MISS SAIGON

Sooha Kim and Gerald Santos in MISS SAIGON. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Cameron Mackintosh’s epic touring production of MISS SAIGON is musical theatre at its very best

Since its London premiere in 1989, MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history...

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From the lavish set to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless score, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains a feast for the eyes and ears

Lucy O'Byrne and the cast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Manchester’s Palace Theatre is well and truly alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Whether you’re familiar with the original Broadway musical or the classic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains a timeless classic. Now in its 59th year, the musical continues to enchant audiences across the world, with the latest touring production once again cementing its place in our popular culture.

Based on the real-life story of the von Trapp family, THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the story of...

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Moscow City Ballet capture the ethereal beauty and drama of Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet SWAN LAKE

Moscow City Ballet SWAN LAKE

Moscow City Ballet capture the ethereal beauty and drama of Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet SWAN LAKE

This review was originally published on The Reviews Hub.

It’s hard to believe that the original 1877 production of Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE was considered a failure. Today, SWAN LAKE is one of the most famous and popular classical ballets of all time, with Moscow City Ballet billing it as one of their signature pieces.

SWAN LAKE tells the bewitching and ultimately tragic story of Prince Si...

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Theatre Review: THRILLER LIVE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Loud and lively, THRILLER LIVE is an electrifying visual and audio journey through Michael Jackson’s 45 year musical history

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub

Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, it’s fair to say that THRILLER LIVE is a crowd-pleaser. Now in its record-breaking ninth year in London’s West End, the musical extravaganza continues to draw big crowds and – much like Michael Jackson’s legacy – is showing no signs of slowing down.

Celebr...

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Theatre Review: FLASHDANCE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Big, bold and bright, FLASHDANCE boasts all the pulling power of the original film

Dust off the legwarmers and grab those hair crimpers, the eighties are back in all of their neon tinted glory as FLASHDANCE heads to town.

Based on the 1983 Oscar-winning film starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, FLASHDANCE tells the story of 18-year-old Alex Owens, a steel worker by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night...

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Straddling the line between sombre and lighthearted, DANCING BEAR is a powerful and intimate piece

The cast of DANCING BEAR. Photo Credit: Matt Tullett

The cast of DANCING BEAR. Photo Credit: Matt Tullett

Straddling the line between sombre and lighthearted, DANCING BEAR is a powerful and intimate piece

“Life is too serious to be taken seriously.” You might expect more comedy from a play that apparently takes this approach but aside from a few humorous lines, this show is anything but comedic...

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Theatre Review: SHREK: THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Steffan Harri as Shrek and Laura Main as Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour

Big, bold and colourful – just like the green man himself – SHREK: THE MUSICAL is a modern day fairy tale like no other

Forget Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Little Red Riding Hood, ask any child what their favourite fairy tale is and chances are Shrek will feature. Since the release of the DreamWorks animation film in 2001, SHREK has taken the world by storm, resulting in three film sequels as well as a musical stage adaption which is currently on tour across the UK and Ireland.

Based on th...

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Theatre Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL UK Tour

The cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoff

Bold, bright and beautiful, Marc Bruni’s touring production of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL proves itself a cut above the rest

From JERSEY BOYS and ALL OR NOTHING, to the more recent THE BAND, it’s fair to say you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to jukebox musicals. But where others are generic and somewhat predictable, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL proves itself a cut above the rest.

Based...

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Theatre Review: Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Grease 2017 UK Tour

This review was originally posted on The Reviews Hub

It’s safe to say that Grease is one of the most globally recognised and successful musicals of all time. Since its opening on Broadway in 1971, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed astounding success on Broadway and London’s West End, has toured throughout the world and has been seen by more than 12 million people in the UK alone...

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Theatre Review: Sister Act – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sister Act UK Tour 2016

This review was originally posted in The Reviews Hub

Alexandra Burke can certainly sing like a diva. After dazzling as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, the X Factor winner returns to the stage as Deloris Van Cartier in an all-new musical stage production of Sister Act.

Based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Burke) who is placed under protective custody at a Convent after she witnesses a murder in...

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