Category Palace Theatre Manchester

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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Theatre Review: THRILLER LIVE – Palace Theatre, Manchester

David Julien in THRILLER LIVE

Despite its loose narrative, THRILLER LIVE successfully pays homage to the King of Pop

3 out of 5 stars

It’s been nearly 11 years since Michael Jackson died but as the audience took to their seats in Manchester’s Palace Theatre for the press night of THRILLER LIVE, it’s clear to see his legacy still lives on. 

An icon of the 20th Century, Jackson began his career enjoying chart-topping success with his brothers in the Motown era as the Jackson 5, before embarking on a solo career in 1971...

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Theatre Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU UK Tou

The cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU UK Tour. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Subtle changes to the script, set and cast give WE WILL ROCK YOU a fresh edge for 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars

As crowds descended on Manchester’s Palace Theatre for the opening night of WE WILL ROCK YOU, it’s hard to believe that this very musical was pounded by the critics when it first made its debut back in 2002...

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Theatre Review: THE BODYGUARD – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Paul Coltas

Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

Best described as a cross between a pop concert, a musical and a night at the movies, THE BODYGUARD is an adrenaline-fuelled stage version of the hit 1992 film

4 out of 5 stars

Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out 2015 UK tour, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron in award-winning musical THE BODYGUARD.

Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, THE BODYGUARD tells the story of...

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