Theatre Review: BILLIONAIRE BOY – The Lowry, Salford

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With its zany characters, slapstick comedy and clever, catchy songs, BILLIONAIRE BOY has everything a young child might want from a musical

David Walliams’ impressive library of children’s books have fast become modern British classics, especially with the annual BBC Christmas special adaptations putting them on the map. GANGSTA GRANNY was the first to grace the stage last year, with the play touring the UK, but BILLIONAIRE BOY is the first to get the musical treatment...

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INTERVIEW: David Walliams Talks BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL

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David Walliams talks about BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL, wacky inventions and what he would do with a Billion pounds

The smash-hit show BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL, based on the book by David Walliams, comes to The Lowry this February half-term. Ahead of the show’s arrival, Walliams talks about the musical, wacky inventions and what he would do with a Billion pounds!

BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL begins when factory-worker Len Spud and his son Joe become overnight billionaires, due to Mr Spud’s ...

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Book Review: THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper

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Jane Harper once again brings to life a vivid and captivating sense of place in THE LOST MAN

There seems to be no stopping Australian author Jane Harper at the moment. Following the overwhelming success of her debut novel THE DRY and her fantastic follow-up FORCE OF NATURE, the award-winning author has knocked the ball out of the park again with the release of her brand new thriller THE LOST MAN.

Set in the harsh Australian outback, THE LOST MAN opens with two brothers – Nathan and Bub – visit...

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Theatre Review: ANNIE – Opera House, Manchester

ANNIE UK Tour. Photo: Paul Coltas

The cast of ANNIE UK Tour. Photo: Paul Coltas

Nikolai Foster’s touring production of ANNIE certainly looks and sounds the part but the 40-year-old story is beginning to show its age

Forget the adults, it’s the kids who rule theatre at the moment. From Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK, the array of young talent gracing the stage in 2019 is certainly impressive as Nikolai Foster’s touring revival of ANNIE clearly demonstrates.

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets To See TITANIC at The Valentine’s Movie Experience

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Win tickets to see TITANIC at The Valentine’s Movie Experience in Manchester

Following the hugely successful Magical Christmas Movie Experience, a special 5-day movie event to celebrate Valentine’s Day is taking place at Manchester’s Mayfield Depot and Frankly My Dear UK is giving away two tickets to one lucky reader.

Staged in the transformed surroundings of Mayfield Depot near Manchester Piccadilly, The Valentine’s Movie Experience gives couples the chance to snuggle up together to watc...

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INTERVIEW: Cast of THE FULL MONTY on Final UK Tour

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The cast of THE FULL MONTY tell the naked truth as they embark on the final tour of the show

With just four months left to go on their UK tour, Vicky Edwards gets the naked truth from the cast of THE FULL MONTY as they embark upon the FINAL tour of the show. 

It may be the last ever tour of this particular production, but it is the story that keeps on giving. Originally an award-winning movie, as a stage play THE FULL MONTY has won both awards and hearts...

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Theatre Review: JERSEY BOYS – Opera House, Manchester

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Four guys, four stories, one unforgettable musical, JERSEY BOYS certainly lives up to the hype

West End and Broadway extravaganza JERSEY BOYS tells the remarkable tale of four ordinary boys from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who went on to sell 100 million records worldwide.

Frankie Valli, Tommy De Vito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio take us on a feel-good ride through the trials and tribulations of their lives as they write their own songs, create their own unique sounds and climb to...

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Music Review: CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE PLAY PARALLEL LINES – The Lowry, Salford

Clem Burke & Bootleg Blondie play Parallel Lines

BOOTLEG BLONDIE together with drummer Clem Burke certainly sound like the real thing but ultimately try too hard to imitate the iconic band

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGBs in New York City. They’ve also been mentioned by Blondie themselves on their 2017 album POLLINATOR...

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INTERVIEW: Miles Jupp and James Kettle Talk THE LIFE I LEAD

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Stand-up comedian Miles Jupp and comedy writer James Kettle talk about new play THE LIFE I LEAD and the remarkable life of David Tomlinson

Stand-up comedian and actor, Miles Jupp, takes to the stage to playing quintessentially English gentleman actor, David Tomlinson, in a UK tour of biographical stage comedy, THE LIFE I LEAD.

Written by narrative and entertainment comedy writer James Kettle, THE LIFE I LEAD is a richly comic and moving tale of a very well-known face...

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Theatre Review: THE BAND – The Lowry, Salford

Yazdan Qafouri, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, AJ Bentley and Sario Solomon in THE BAND.

Yazdan Qafouri, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, AJ Bentley & Sario Solomon in THE BAND. © Matt Crockett

Warm, funny and affectionate, THE BAND successfully captures what it means to be a music fan

I remember the day Take That announced they were splitting up like it was yesterday. It was 13 February 1996 and I was 12 years old. I remember seeing girls crying on the TV, not really understanding what all the fuss was about...

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