Theatre Review: GUYS AND DOLLS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Ashley Zhangazha as Sky Masterson and the cast of GUYS AND DOLLS. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Ashley Zhangazha as Sky Masterson and the cast of GUYS AND DOLLS. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Michael Buffong brings a unique twist to a timeless classic with GUYS AND DOLLS

Since GUYS AND DOLLS made its premiere on Broadway in 1950, the award-winning musical seen many revivals...

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Theatre Review: THE BEAR – Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester

Dazzling, dreamy and lavished with care, THE BEAR is children’s theatre at its best

Mention the name Raymond Briggs, especially at Christmas, and THE SNOWMAN will most likely spring to mind. So when Pins and Needles Productions announced they were to bring a Briggs classic to life on stage (following the success of FATHER CHRISTMAS in 2014), I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was THE BEAR that was to be adapted for stage.

Written by Briggs in 1994, THE BEAR tells the story of young Til...

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Ben Forster as Buddy in ELF THE MUSICAL

Ben Forster chats to Frankly My Dear UK about reprising his role as Buddy in ELF: THE MUSICAL

It’s fair to say that ELF: THE MUSICAL’s first Christmas Season outside of London has been a success. Alongside our five star review, ELF: THE MUSICAL has been given glowing reviews by Manchester Evening News, Northern Soul and Opening Night to name but a few, with Ben Forster’s performance as Buddy standing out in particular.

Based on the 2003 hit movie starring Will Ferrell, ELF: THE MUSICAL t...

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Comedy Review: Margaret Cho – FRESH OFF THE BLOAT – The Lowry, Salford

Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat

Margaret Cho is back and more outspoken than ever in her new show FRESH OFF THE BLOAT

She’s back, fresh off the bloat and fresh out of an 18 month stint in rehab following a surprise intervention by family and friends to which, having been told it was an impromptu birthday party, she brought wine!

Her time convalescing whilst in rehab was obviously spent working on new material and given the current political climate, Trump administration and sexual assault allegation revelations coming out a...

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Kirsten Forster as Mrs Aouda in Around The World in 80 Days

Kirsten Foster talks to Frankly My Dear UK about reprising her role as Mrs Aouda in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Following its premiere at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 and a successful season at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2014, Theresa Heskins’ production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS finally heads to The Lowry next month as part of its first national tour.

Based on the 1873 novel by Jules Verne, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS tells the story of Phileas Fogg, an ever-so-slightly st...

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Theatre Review: ELF: THE MUSICAL – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of ELF THE MUSICAL UK Tour

Ben Forster, Liz McClarnon and the cast of ELF: THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: James Everett Photography

Charming, colourful and packed full of Christmas cheer, ELF: THE MUSICAL boasts enough joy and spirit to make even Scrooge smile

It may still be November but it Christmas has come early at The Lowry as ELF: THE MUSICAL finally starts its seven week run over the festive period.

Based on the 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, ELF: THE MUSICAL tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who ...

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Theatre Review: HUSH HUSH – The Lowry, Salford

HUSH HUSH at The Lowry Artwork

The Lowry played host to its final HUSH HUSH performance of the autumn season as a packed house of curious cats took their seats in the Aldridge Studio.

Billed as a “secret performance”, HUSH HUSH forms part of The Lowry’s Pay What You Decide (PWYD) season. Instead of paying for a ticket in advance, audiences are asked to pay what they think the show is worth at the end of the performance...

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Album Review: SONGS FROM THE STAGE by Leading Ladies

With its rich sound, lush arrangements and full orchestral backing, SONGS FROM THE STAGE by Leading Ladies is a musical treat like no other

When Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson first announced they were collaborating on a new studio album, the theatre world went into a frenzy. The celebrated queens of musical theatre are more than capable of releasing a killer album in their own right but join them together and you have a musical treat like no other.


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Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment Announce First Three Shows for 2018

New musical THE TOYBOY DIARIES to make its world premiere alongside SPRING AWAKENING and ASPECTS OF LOVE

Following their landmark 2017 season, the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and Aria Entertainment has revealed the first three productions for 2018.

New British musical THE TOYBOY DIARIES will make its world premiere alongside a revival of the acclaimed modern Broadway hit SPRING AWAKENING and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic classic ASPECTS OF LOVE...

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The 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Awards Ceremony

Tim X Atack Bruntwood Prize Winner

Ten promising new playwrights battle it to take home part of a prize fund totalling £40,000

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre played host to the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Awards as ten promising new playwrights battled it to take home part of a prize fund totalling £40,000.

Now in its sixth year, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is Europe’s largest playwriting competition...

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