Vinnie Jones in The Bezonians

Despite its stand-out cast performance, THE BEZONIANS is let down by cliches, lack of character development and an incohesive plot.

2.5 out of 5 stars

The world of underground clubs and strong cultural groups is unknown to many...

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INTERVIEW: The Barricade Boys talk about their new UK tour


The Barricade Boys. Photo Credit: Ollie Boito

Stage stars The Barricade Boys set to bring West End quality home with a new tour.

In the musical theatre world, is there a greater stamp of quality than having the incredible, epic musical LES MISERABLES on a performer’s CV?

That’s the question The Barricade Boys aim to answer with a resounding “YES” as they head out on the road this year, with dates in Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Ipswich, Basingstoke, Bath and Chepsto...

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GRIMMFest Easter 2022: WOODLAND GREY Film Review

Chelsea Goldwater in Woodland Grey (2021)
Despite its frustratingly vague storyline, WOODLAND GREY is an unsettling slow burn, driven by a powerful cast performance and striking cinematography.

3 out of 5 stars

Canadian indie horror WOODLAND GREY is an unsettling slow-burn whose flame threatens to go out at any minute. It follows suspicious forest dweller, William (Ryan Blakely), as he stumbles upon the unconscious Emily (Jenny Raven) and attempts to nurse her back to health...

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GRIMMFEST Easter 2022: THE FAMILY Film Review


With striking visuals, grippingly intense performances, and a thrillingly unpredictable story, THE FAMILY is horror at its finest.

4 out of 5 stars

Family dynamics, religious oppression, and moral hypocrisy form the focus of Dan Slater’s uneasy and subtly gripping feature film THE FAMILY, which plays at GRIMMFest Easter this coming weekend.

Written by Adam Booth and Dan Slater, THE FAMILY follows a macabre religious cult that relies upon its members to pledge their allegiance to their god, Etan, through har...

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Theatre Review: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo: Johan Persson

With its spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a joy to watch, evoking the nostalgia, magic, and charm of the original film

5 out of 5 stars

A refreshed version of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST makes a welcome return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this month, boasting spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology to bring the beloved tale to life.

Based on the 1...

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Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, and Johnny Flynn in Operation Mincemeat (2021)
Blending high-level espionage with ingenious fiction, OPERATION MINCEMEAT is a lavish, well told, old-fashioned war story about the greatest weapon in war – deception.

4 out of 5 stars

It is said that the greatest weapon in war is deception, and if John Madden’s latest spy thriller OPERATION MINCEMEAT is anything to go by, it certainly is true.

Set in 1943 during World War 2, OPERATION MINCEMEAT tells the extraordinary true story of an elaborate plan to deceive Hitler into believing English forces intend to la...

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Theatre Review: LES MISERABLES – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of in LES MISERABLES UK Tour 2022.

The cast of in LES MISERABLES UK Tour 2022. Photo: Danny Kaan

Reworked for a modern audience, LES MISERABLES is one of the most memorable interpretations yet, thanks to its spectacular set-pieces, stunning special effects, and superb cast performance.

5 out of 5 stars

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of LES MISÉRABLES heads to Salford’s The Lowry this month for a four-week run as part of a new 2022 tour.

Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, LES MISÉRABLES is a gripping story of love, loyalty and lo...

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Jac Yarrow (Joseph) and the company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jac Yarrow (Joseph) and the company of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Reimagined for a modern audience, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT delights and surprises thanks to its theatrical inventiveness and superb cast performance

4 out of 5 stars

Following two successful seasons at the London Palladium, the hit 2019 staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT finally heads out on tour in 2022, launching with a two-week...

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Theatre Review: SHEILA’S ISLAND – The Lowry, Salford

Abigail Thaw, Sara Crowe, Judy Flynn and Rina Fatania in SHELIA'S ISLAND.

Abigail Thaw, Sara Crowe, Judy Flynn, Rina Fatania in SHELIA’S ISLAND. Photo: Craig Fuller

With its perfect ensemble cast, SHEILA’S ISLAND is a sharp-witted comedy about four women trying to survive a night of tantrums, tears, and terror.

4 out of 5 stars

How well do you know the people you work with? How well do you want to know them, and who would crack first when the going gets tough? These are the central questions in Tim Firth’s SHEILA’S ISLAND, a reworked feminised incarnation of NEVILLE’S ISLAND, which h...

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Theatre Review: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS – The Lowry, Salford

Dianne Pikington (Miss Eglantine Price) Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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

From set and costume design to choreography and stage trickery, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS leaves you seriously questioning the existence of magic.

4 out of 5 stars

Another Disney film to become a stage production, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, flies into Salford’s The Lowry this week, but who needs movie magic when you’ve got the magic of theatre?

The brand-new musical takes audiences on a journey of wonder through magical lands, past perilous...

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