Theatre Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE – Palace Theatre, Manchester


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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Interview: David Suchet Talks POIROT AND MORE

Production photo for David Suchet Poirot and More

Ahead of his show at Salford’s The Lowry, actor David Suchet talks about his illustrious career on stage, television, film and radio, and his new show POIROT AND MORE

He’s played everyone from Shakespearean kings to Mozart’s nemesis Salieri, Sigmund Freud and Robert Maxwell – not to mention a certain internationally cherished, splendidly moustached little Belgian detective...

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Theatre Review: NEVER LOST AT HOME – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich


The cast of NEVER LOST AT HOME. Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak

Inspired by real fan stories, NEVER LOST AT HOME is a musical celebration of family, community and football

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been 40 years since Ipswich Town Football Club lifted the iconic UEFA cup, but for many fans, it still feels like yesterday, as Peter Rowe’s latest production NEVER LOST AT HOME demonstrates.

Inspired by fans’ real stories of the 1980-81 football season, NEVER LOST AT HOME follows the fictional Coombes family as they travel ...

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Theatre Interview: Jodie Prenger Talks TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Jodie Prenger in TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. Photo Credit: Watermill Newbury

Ahead of its run at Salford’s The Lowry, Jodie Prenger talks about TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, her role as Emma and what audiences can expect to see from the show

Following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A TASTE OF HONEY, ABIGAIL’S PARTY and CALAMITY JANE, Jodie Prenger makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY...

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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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Theatre Review: GLEE & ME – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Delightful, despairing and downright hilarious, GLEE & ME captivates the audience with its fast-paced witty script and Liv Hall’s ferocious and heart-wrenching performance

5 out of 5 stars

On the anniversary of 45 glorious years of the Royal Exchange, GLEE & ME captivates the audience in this delightful, despairing and downright hilarious one-woman play.

Winner of the Judges Award in the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Stu...

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Theatre Review: BAT OUT OF HELL – Opera House, Manchester

Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL

Martha Kirby and Glenn Adamson in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Chris Davis Studio

Predictably extravagant, BAT OUT OF HELL thunders through Jim Steinman’s iconic hits in an over-the-top theatrical spectacle unlike any other

4 out of 5 stars

Direct from electrifying audiences in London, Toronto, Germany and New York, Jim Steinman’s spectacular musical BAT OUT OF HELL makes a welcome return home to Manchester’s Opera House this week, the same venue it opened at back in 2017.

Set in a dystopia...

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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: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – The Lowry, Salford


EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is a funny, fabulous and feel-good show about self-discovery and empowerment.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE has come a long way since its premiere at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield back in 2017. Following a successful West End run the same year, the smash-hit musical has taken the world by storm, with a North American premiere set for next year and a big-screen version arriving on Amazon Prime in September...

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Theatre Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Image Credit: The Other Richard

The cast of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Image Credit: The Other Richard

Sequins, sparkles, and sweet transvestites make a welcome return to Manchester’s Opera House as Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW takes to the stage

4.5 out of 5 stars

In a week that Manchester hosts Pride, it seems only fitting that the Opera House hosts Richard O’Brien’s cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW with all its sequins, sparkles, and sweet transvestites – and that’s just the audience...

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