MISS SAIGON Review: Cameron Mackintosh's epic touring production is musical theatre at its very best

Sooha Kim and Gerald Santos in MISS SAIGON

Sooha Kim and Gerald Santos in MISS SAIGON. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Cameron Mackintosh’s epic touring production of MISS SAIGON is musical theatre at its very best

Since its London premiere in 1989, MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history...

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Smart, sassy and super funny, Katherine Ryan's GLITTER ROOM is a feel-good feminist tour

Katherine Ryan GLITTER ROOM

Katherine Ryan offers a hilarious insight into her life as a single, working mum in her new show GLITTER ROOM

It’s rare, but it happens, sometimes the warm-up act is just as good as the headliner. Whilst waiting for Katherine Ryan to take to the stage at The Lowry, we were treated to a short but intensely funny set by Alison Smith, a fellow Canadian and old time friend of Ryan’s, who now lives in Manchester.

From the off, Smith connected with the audience, explaining that she’s no fool and...

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The Hollies Review: The British group return to the stage with a refreshed format for 2018 with A HIGHWAY OF HITS

The Hollies A HIGHWAY OF HITS Tour 2018

The Hollies return to the stage with a refreshed format for their 2018 show A HIGHWAY OF HITS

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub.

With over 60 singles and 26 albums to their name, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of The Hollies. Best known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style, The Hollies were one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and 70s, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic.

Formed in 1962 by Allan Clarke and Gra...

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20 Epic Facts About Legendary Musical MISS SAIGON

Cameron Mackintosh's touring production of MISS SAIGON

From costume changes to the cast, Frankly My Dear UK take a look at 20 epic facts about award-winning musical MISS SAIGON

Cameron Mackintosh’s epic production of MISS SAIGON makes a welcome return to Manchester this week for an eight-week-long run at the Palace Theatre.

Set during the Vietnam War, MISS SAIGON tells the story of 17 year-old Kim who is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer...

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Theatre Review: EAST IS EAST – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Kulvinder Ghir as GEORGE KHAN in EAST IS EAST at Bolton Octagon

Kulvinder Ghir as GEORGE KHAN in EAST IS EAST at Bolton Octagon. Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Ayub Khan Din’s award-winning comedy EAST IS EAST feels as fresh and as funny as ever

EAST IS EAST may be more than twenty years old but Ayub Khan Din’s award-winning comedy feels as fresh and as funny as ever in a hilarious new production at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.

Set in 1970s Salford, EAST IS EAST tells the story of the Khan family...

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Witty, warm and wonderfully funny, FAT FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL is a feel-good, super-sized treat

Jodie Prenger and Andrew Flintoff in FAT FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL

Jodie Prenger and Andrew Flintoff in FAT FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Witty, warm and wonderfully funny, Headingley’s favourite foodie friends make a welcome return in FAT FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since Kay Mellor’s FAT FRIENDS first hit our TV screens. It feels like only yesterday since the lives and waistlines of the Super Slimmers group captured our hearts, as well as giving Ruth Jones and James Corden their big TV breaks...

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Theatre Review: WHISKY GALORE – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The cast of WHISKY GALORE at Oldham Coliseum

Philip Goulding’s adaption combines the story of the Osiris Players with the true story behind WHISKY GALORE

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub

As Britain marks 100 years since women first gained the right to vote, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre present a brand new, all-female adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic WHISKY GALORE.

Set in 1955, WHISKY GALORE tells the story of the islanders of Great and Little Todday who ar...

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Canadian born comedian Craig Campbell is on top form for his 2018 tour EASY TIGER 

Craig Campbell 2018 Tour

Canadian born comedian Craig Campbell is on top form for his 2018 tour EASY TIGER

Canadian born comedian Craig Campbell was on top form for his gig at Salford’s The Lowry. Opening with a few jokes directed at Mancunians that were received in good spirits, Campbell seemed appreciative of the Manchester sense of humour and our ability to take those little taunts on the chin – although I’ve never glassed anyone in a pub, I swear Craig! 

Best known for his Edinburgh Fringe shows as well as his a...

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From poetry and music, to conversation and comedy, Phill Jupitus' JUPLICITY certainly has it all

Phil Jupitus 2018 Tour

From poetry and music, to conversation and comedy, Phill Jupitus latest show JUPLICITY certainly has it all

Fans battled through an actual blizzard on St. Paddy’s night to see Phill Jupitus perform his show JUPLICITY at The Lowry

Already sat comfortably with his back to us on stage, Phill is listening to Elvis Costello’s ARMED FORCES as if at home in his own Scottish living room. As the audience filters in, it is clear straight away that the show’s format is going to be an unusual one.

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Simon Evans GENIUS Review: Evans has the middle-aged audience eating out of the palm of his hand

Simon Evans 2018 Genius Tour

Simon Evans brings his unique style of comedy to the stage in his new show GENIUS

Best known for his appearance on TV programmes such as Michael Mcintyre’s comedy roadshow LIVE AT THE APOLLO and STAND UP FOR THE WEEK, comedian Simon Evans takes his Edinburgh Fringe Festival show GENIUS out on tour with a stop at Salford’s The Lowry.

Complaining about his thinning hair and the fact that he’s looking a lot older, Evans opens the show by discussing his age and how it is catching up with him...

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