Theatre Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK Tour 2019

With its spellbinding transformations, wild waltzes and visually striking set, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dark and haunting rendition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is wonderfully magical

4 out of 5 stars

The story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST may be a tale as old as time but Birmingham Royal Ballet’s rendition of this classic fairy tale is certainly a lot darker than the enchanting tale we all remember.

Based on the French fairy tale of the same name, BEAUTY AND BEAST tells the story of a cruel Prince cursed to spend...

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Gig Review: Shakin’ Stevens GREATEST HITS AND MORE – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Shakin Stevens UK Tour 2019

© Graham Flack

Almost forty years after his first UK number one, Shakin’ Stevens still knows how to entertain an audience but vocally struggles to pull off some of his biggest hits

3 out of 5 stars

Mention the name Shakin’ Stevens and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE will most likely spring to mind. But outside of his Christmas number one, the Welsh singer-songwriter actually has more than 33 Top 40 hit singles under his belt, making him the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s.

Nearly forty years late...

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Theatre Review: Opera North’s Katya Kabanova – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of Opera North's Katya Kabanova

The cast of Opera North’s Katya Kabanova. Photo Credit: Jane Hobson

Performed entirely in English with subtitles on stage, Opera North’s Katya Kabanova offers a short and sweet introduction into the world of opera

3 out of 5 stars

Layering class, duty and passion, Opera North’s Katya Kabanova plunges audiences into her turbulent love life with an intense operatic performance.

Trapped in a small town, a loveless marriage and under the watchful eye of her overbearing mother in-law, Katya unmasks her repressive s...

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Theatre Review: RAGS – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The cast of RAGS at Hope Mill Theatre

The cast of RAGS at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Nathan Chandler

With great performances, a poignant story and a stunning score, Hope Mill Theatre breathe new life into underrated musical RAGS

5 out of 5 stars

Just ahead of the highly anticipated opening of it’s Hope Aria Academy, Hope Mill Theatre presents it’s eleventh in house musical, RAGS.

This show has somewhat of a troubled past, first opening in 1986 and closing after just four performances. It has since been revised multiple times...

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INTERVIEW: Katy Lipson Talks Musicals, RAGS and Hope Aria Academy

2018 Season Hope Mill Theatre

Award-winning theatre producer Katy Lipson talks about her love for musical theatre, why RAGS means so much to her and what to expect from new drama school Hope Aria Academy

It’s fair to say that it’s been a whirlwind few years for Katy Lipson...

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Theatre Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

The Four Tops in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

The Four Tops in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

With its goldmine of hits, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is a feel-good show about this iconic period in music and popular culture history

4 out of 5 stars

Mention the word Motown and you’re more likely to think of the US city of Detroit, not the UK city of Manchester. Yet this humble Northern city has more links to the iconic record label than you may think as MOTOWN THE MUSICAL aptly demonstrates.

Based on the autobiography by Berry Gordy Jr...

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Theatre Review: LES MISERABLES – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of LES MISERABLES with 'The Barricade'

The cast of LES MISERABLES with ‘The Barricade’. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy 

From the innovative new staging to its magnificent cast, every inch of this touring production of LES MISÉRABLES will take your breath away

5 out of 5 stars

It’s been almost a decade since Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of LES MISÉRABLES last toured the UK but if the press night at Manchester’s Palace Theatre is anything to go by, it was well worth the wait.

Boubil and Schonberg’s musical tale of redemption and r...

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INTERVIEW: Rupert Hill Talks THE FULL MONTY

The Cast of THE FULL MONTY

Actor and director Rupert Hill talks about being at the helm of THE FULL MONTY on its final UK tour

After six long years on the stage, THE FULL MONTY heads out on a UK tour for the final time, stopping at Manchester’s Opera House for a week-long run.

Based on his smash hit 1997 film, THE FULL MONTY tells the story of six out-of-work and impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield who decide to bare all in a Chippendale-style show in order to raise some money.

From the cobbles of Weatherfield to...

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Theatre Review: THE FULL MONTY – Opera House, Manchester

THE FULL MONTY UK Tour

Rowdy and raucous, THE FULL MONTY is the ultimate crowd pleaser and a hilarious adaption of the hit 1997 film

First performed in 2013, the stage production of THE FULL MONTY is an adapted version of the 1997 film about a group of unemployed men who decide to become strippers for a night to raise money. The film was a major success upon release, becoming the highest earning film in the UK until it was outsold by TITANIC.

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers’s presentation of the Sheffield Theatres produc...

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INTERVIEW: Elesha Paul Moses Talks WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT - ELESHA PAUL MOSES AS TINA TURNER

Elesha Paul Moses talks about paying homage to rock and soul legend Tina Turner in new tribute show WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Elesha Paul Moses has paid her dues in the entertainment world; she’s been striving for success in the music business for 20 years, via traditional grafting and TV talent shows. Now, she’s set for a fresh start, taking her singing career to a new level starring in the mammoth tribute show tour WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, celebrating the music and life of roc...

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