Taking a Chance on Theatre

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The Lowry Theatre (Front Elevation). Photo Credit: Percy Dean

Why The Lowry’s PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE season could open your mind and your wallet to new experiences

If you’ve attended a theatre show recently, chances are it set you back a pretty penny. With the average theatre ticket costing £24.96 in 2016, a trip to the theatre can be an expensive night out for most...

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Behind the Scenes of HEDDA GABLER

Behind the Scenes of HEDDA GABLER

Frankly My Dear UK go backstage at The Lowry to discover how HEDDA GABLER is brought to life on stage

Following it’s sold out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, the critically acclaimed HEDDA GABLER heads to The Lowry this week as part of a five month long UK tour.

Based on Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, HEDDA GABLER tells the story of a woman trapped in a new marriage and bored with life...

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Theatre Review: HEDDA GABLER – The Lowry, Salford

Lizzy Watts as Hedda Gabler

Lizzy Watts as Hedda in HEDDA GABLER. Photo Credit: BrinkhoffMögenburg

Dark, gripping and strikingly staged, HEDDA GABLER is a reinvigorated classic with plenty of style and substance

When HEDDA GABLER was first performed in 1891, it was considered shocking and provocative play ahead of its time. Nearly 130 years later, Henry Ibsen’s masterpiece has been given a new lease of life in a bold new contemporary production by National Theatre.

Adapted and reworked by Olivier award winning playwr...

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INTERVIEW: Lizzy Watts talks HEDDA GABLER

Lizzy Watts in HEDDA GABLER

Frankly My Dear UK chats with Lizzy Watts about the National Theatre’s touring production of HEDDA GABLER

Following its sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2016, Henrik Ibsen’s modern masterpiece HEDDA GABLER finally heads out on a five month tour across the UK.

Adapted by Patrick Marber, the play tells the story of Hedda, a young woman trapped in a marriage she seems uncertain of. Bored and despondent, Hedda seeks distraction where she has always sought distraction – in men...

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Book Review: UNSTOPPABLE: MY LIFE SO FAR by Maria Sharapova

UNSTOPPABLE: MY LIFE SO FAR is an honest and candid account of Maria Sharapova’s rise to tennis stardom

Whether you’re a fan of tennis or not, you’re likely to know the name Maria Sharapova. The Russian sports star is one of the most recognizable faces in tennis, winning five Grand Slams, as well as being one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world...

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DVD Review: THE AGATHA CHRISTIE COLLECTION

Four classic Agatha Christie film adaptions have been digital restored to bring the stories back to life

It’s fair to say that Agatha Christie is the ultimate ‘Queen of Crime’. Best known for creating the fictional characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, with more than 4 million copies of her books bought around the world every year...

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Film Review: THOR: RAGNAROK

Chris Hemworth in THOR RAGNAROK

Director Taika Waititi breathes new life into the Thor franchise with THOR: RAGNAROK

It’s fair to say that 2017 has been a bumper year for Marvel Studios. With two huge hits already on their hands thanks to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, the studio is rounding off the year with THOR: RAGNAROK, the third film in the Thor franchise.

THOR: RAGNAROK picks up the story after the events of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015) and DOCTOR STRANGE (2016)...

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Eames Talks The Lowry’s PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE Season

Frankly My Dear UK talks to Matthew Eames, the brains behind The Lowry’s innovative PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE season

When The Lowry launched their Pay What You Decide (PWYD) season back in January 2017, it seemed like a bit of wacky idea. Instead of paying for a ticket in advance, audiences are asked to decide how much they want to pay for the performance at the end of the night. Sounds a little risky right? Yet it’s a risk that seems to have paid off...

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Restaurant Review: Pier Eight – The Lowry, Salford

Pier Eight at The Lowry

Pier Eight Restaurant at The Lowry. Photo Credit: Percy Dean

With its range of hearty dishes and contemporary setting, Pier Eight is the perfect setting for a pre-show meal or special occasion

Since starting Frankly My Dear UK back in 2014, I’ve been lucky enough to review over 100 productions at The Lowry. Yet apart from a few pre-show drinks, I had never actually eaten there...

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Theatre Review: WHAT I FELT WHILST UNDER YOU – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

WHAT I FELT WHILST UNDER YOU is a tender examination of what it means to be masculine in the 21st century

Following their five-star, sell out run of smash hit CONSTELLATIONS, Wonderhouse Theatre Company return to Hope Mill Theatre with WHAT I FELT WHILST UNDER YOU, a new play by award-winning, Manchester based, writer David Gregan-Jones.

WHAT I FELT WHILST UNDER YOU tells the story of Marie, a thirty-something mother of two who returns home unexpectedly one evening to discover her husband’s s...

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