Theatre Review: Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor – The Lowry, Salford

Al-Murray

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

It’s hard to believe that Al Murray’s The Pub Landlord has been in business for 20 years. Striding about stage with pint-glass in hand and a quarrelsome grin on his face, Murray’s witty, double-edged satire is as fresh as ever, as Britain’s favourite publican embarks on a brand new national tour ‘One Man, One Guvnor’.

The one man, two-hour show sees The Pub Landlord back on a mission to solve the nation’s issues and to build ...

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Film Review: Get On Up

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman delivers electrifying performance that is Oscar-worthy

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that James Brown is a musical legend. At an exclusive screening of Get On Up, I glanced around the room to see almost everyone bopping their head as the unmistakable “Whoah” of I Got You (I Feel Good) screamed through the speakers. No wonder producers Mike Jagger and Brian Grazer wanted to tell Brown’s story.

Get On Up tells the incredible life story of American music legend J...

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Film Review: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s chilling thriller

Last weekend, as I sat amongst plethora of film bloggers and movie critics, the film on everyone’s lips was Nightcrawler. Dan Gilroy’s satirical thriller about the media’s exploitation of human suffering is hyped as one of this year’s must-see films of the year… and it’s not hard to understand why. 

Nightcrawler tells the story of Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), an opportunist young man who is desperate for work...

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Theatre Review: The Picture of Doreen Gray – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Doreen-Gray

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

Lip Service’s hilarious new comedy The Picture of Doreen Gray opened to a rapturous reception at Oldham Coliseum Theatre as the production made its world premiere before going on tour.

Written by satirical duo Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, The Picture of Doreen Gray tells the story of glamorous drive-time radio host and television presenter Doreen Gray, whose famous youthful looks rank her alongside Cliff Richard and Lulu on the national ...

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Music Review: Tony Hadley – The Lowry Salford

Tony-Hadley

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

More than three decades after Spandau Ballet topped the charts, Tony Hadley is back on the road for a nationwide solo tour with a full orchestra… and boy does he sound good.

Hadley first shot to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of pop/romantic band Spandau Ballet. The group sold more than 20 million albums in their heyday, with eight top ten hit singles to their name including: Chant No...

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Film Review: The Imitation Game

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Benedict Cumberbatch brings British mathematician Alan Turing to life in The Imitation Game

60 years after his tragic death in 1954, codebreaker Alan Turing’s extraordinary story is finally being told to the world in The Imitation Game, a stunning new historical thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightey.

To coincide with its European premiere at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, I was treated to an exclusive sneak preview of the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, and ...

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Theatre Review: Opera Seria – Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci – RNCM Studio Theatre, Manchester

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Opera’s famous pairing of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci may be 121 years old but it’s still capable of captivating an audience as Opera Seria demonstrate with their exciting staged production at RNCM Studio Theatre.

Conducted by Jonathan Ellis and directed by Rochelle Hart, the explosive themes of jealously, murder and betrayal are skillfully transformed by Manchester’s opera company in this thrilling and exciting staged chamb...

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Film Review: What We Did On Our Holiday

What We Did On Our Holiday

David Tennant and Rosamund Pike star in British comedy from the creators of Outnumbered

Fans of hit BBC show Outnumbered will enjoy What We Did On Our Holiday, a new BBC comedy film starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly.

Written and directed by Outnumbered creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, What We Did On Our Holiday follows Doug (David Tennant) and Abi McLeod (Rosamund Pike) as take their three children on a trip to the Scottish Highlands for family birthday party.

In an...

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Album Review: Creation by The Pierces

The Pierces

The Pierces produce their most chart-friendly offering to date with Creation

Following the success of their breakthrough album You And I, US indie-folk sisters Allison & Catherine Pierce are hoping to return to the top of the UK charts with the release of their new studio album, Creation.

Described as a mix between The Bangles, Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey, The Pierces are a sibling duo from Birmingham, Alabama...

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Top 100 Movies: Gone With The Wind

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1939 epic Civil War romance still king of the movie world

Great movies never grow old which is why Frankly, My Dear has decided to put together a list of our top 100 movies – with a little help from our readers of course.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reviewing some of our favourite films, from old classics to modern musicals. Kick starting our top 100 movies list is the film that inspired the blog, Gone With The Wind.

Gone With The Wind tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh)...

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