Chris Pine stars as Bernie Webber and Holliday Grainger as Miriam  in the heroic action-thriller THE FINEST HOURS, based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard.

Chris Pine and Casey Affleck star in Disney’s new film THE FINEST HOURS

The U.S coast guard take centre stage in Disney’s new film THE FINEST HOURS, an American historical disaster film about one of the most legendary and heroic real-life rescues in Coast Guard history.

Based on the book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, THE FINEST HOURS tells the true story of a daring rescue attempt by the U...

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What’s On at The Lowry in February 2016

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical, A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing and Paddy McGuinness all head to The Lowry this month

The Lowry has released details of its upcoming shows with a whopping 29 shows performing at the award-winning venue during February.

From musicals and plays to stand-up comedy and live music events, The Lowry certainly has something for everyone this month. We’ve picked out a handful of the best shows for you to catch below.

Shrek The Musical

Shrek at the Lowry

Direct from the West End, SHREK THE MUSICAL tak...

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Jessica Forrest talks to Frankly My Dear about stage debut in CHIP SHOP CHIPS

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Actress Jessica Forrest chats to Frankly My Dear UK about new play CHIP SHOP CHIPS

Three years after her explosive exit as Lianne Holliday in HOLLYOAKS, Jessica Forrest is set to make her stage debut with CHIP SHOP CHIPS, a funny and nostalgic new tale of love set over fish and chips.

The 25-year old actress from Pendle, has appeared in a number of TV shows over the past few years including HOLLYOAKS (2010-2013), ITV’s CORONATION STREET (2014), Sky Arts’ THE CRUISE (2014) and BBC’s DANI’S CAST...

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Theatre Review: WIT – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


Raw, real and relentless, WIT is a beautiful play full of grace and redemption

Following his production of THINGS OF DRY HOURS back in 2007, Raz Shaw makes a welcome return to the Royal Exchange to direct WIT, the Pulitzer prize-winning play about a 50 year old professor dying of cancer.

Written by American playwright Margaret Edson, WIT tells the story of Vivian Bearing (Julie Hesmondhalgh) a renowned academic of metaphysical poetry being treated for stage IV metastatic ovarian cancer...

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Manchester Film Festival Opening Gala Night Switches Venue Due To Ticket Demand


Venue changes from HOME to AMC Manchester due to pre-sale ticket demand

The Manchester Film Festival has been forced to change venues for its red carpet opening gala night due to pre-sale ticket demand.

The opening night gala was scheduled to take place at the new HOME venue on Thursday 3 March but demand for tickets has forced organisers to switch venues to the larger AMC Manchester at Great Northern.

“The response to pre ticket sales for Dennis Viollet – A United Man and also the presentati...

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Film Review: MACBETH


Brutal, intense and utterly breathtaking, Justin Kurzel’s thrilling contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ is spellbinding

Justin Kurzel’s critically acclaimed adaptation of MACBETH is available on VOD from iTunes from today and on DVD, Blu-Ray and Limited Edition Steelbook from 1 February.

MACBETH tells the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought down by ruthless ambition and desire...

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Theatre Review: Move Over Moriarty – Sale Waterside Arts Centre

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Fast-paced, slick and funny, Move Over Moriarty makes a welcome return to the stage

Following the success of Inspector Norse and Withering Looks, satirical comedy duo LipService return as Holmes and Watson in a reprisal of their cult classic Move Over Moriarty.

Written by Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, Move Over Moriarty follows super sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his dim sidekick John Watson as they investigate the Garibaldi Biscuit Affair, a case as impenetrable as a London pea-souper...

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Theatre Review: Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel at The Lowry, Salford

Austentatious at The Lowry

Smart, silly and wickedly funny, Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel is fully deserving of its huge popularity

Improvised comedy (or ‘improv’ as it is otherwise known) has always had a bit of a bad reputation in the UK. Despite continued efforts to revive the genre, many ‘off-the-cuff’ improv productions can easily become meandering and flabby. One troupe that have truly mastered the art, however, is the team behind Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel.


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Book Review: The Independent Guide to New York City 2016

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The Independent Guide to New York City 2016 is the ideal guidebook for travellers on a budget

If you’re planning a trip to New York City this year, there are plenty of guide books on the market to help you plan your visit. From detailed travel guides such as Lonely Planet and Time Out, to pocket books such as Rough Guides and DK Eyewitness’ Top 10, there are lots of different options to choose from. One guide certainly worth checking out is the Independent Guide to New York City 2016.


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Book Review: STRICTLY BETWEEN US by Jane Fallon

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Sharp, edgy and superbly written, Strictly Between Us is a gripping tale of friendship and infidelity

Following the brilliant Skeletons, bestselling author Jane Fallon is back with her latest offering Strictly Between Us, a contemporary novel about friendship, deceit and infidelity.

Strictly Between Us tells the story of Tamsin, a television producer who hatches a plan to expose her best friend’s husband Patrick who she suspects has been cheating...

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