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ALL I SEE IS YOU Review: Kathrine Smith crafts a powerful, moving and tender story of forbidden love in 1960s Bolton

ALL I SEE IS YOU at Bolton Octagon Theatre

Kathrine Smith crafts a powerful, moving and tender story of forbidden love in ALL I SEE IS YOU

2018 marks Bolton’s Octagon Theatre’s 50th anniversary year. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. So when Kathrine Smith’s powerful drama about a gay couple in the 1960s crossed the desk of the Octagon National Prize judges, it’s easy to see why they picked it as a winner.

Inspired by real accounts of queer life from fifty years ago, ALL I SEE I...

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Poignant and powerful, OF MICE AND MEN is a timeless story about friendship, loyalty, compassion and holding on to your dreams

The cast of OF MICE AND MEN

Richard Keightley as George and Matthew Wynn as Lennie in OF MICE AND MEN. Photo: Scott Rylander

Poignant and powerful, OF MICE AND MEN is a timeless story about friendship, loyalty, compassion and holding on to your dreams

It’s been a while since I’ve read John Steinbeck’s 1937 classic OF MICE AND MEN but it’s always been a favourite of mine...

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Fusing text, music and movement with dance and design, THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK captivates the soul and ravishes the senses

Kneehigh's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Kneehigh’s THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK. Photo Credit: Steve Tanner

With its dizzying fusion of text, music, movement, dance and design, THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK captivates the soul and ravishes the senses

If you aren’t familiar with Marc Chagall’s work before watching THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK, I’d recommend you Google him. Not because you need to have seen his paintings to appreciate Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic’s production, but because your experience will be richer because of it...

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Theatre Review: SPRING AWAKENING – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Nikita Johal, Darragh Cowley & Company of SPRING AWAKENING

Nikita Johal, Darragh Cowley & Company of SPRING AWAKENING. Photo: Scott Rylander

SPRING AWAKENING is a spectacular, poignant piece full of emotion and hope despite its dark nature

Hope Mill Theatre takes on it’s seventh in-house musical since opening in 2016 and SPRING AWAKENING is a spectacular, poignant piece that doesn’t shy away from it’s talking points. 

Based on the 1891 play of the same name, SPRING AWAKENING tells the story of a group of young teens navigating through puberty and ...

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Big, bold and beautiful, HAIRSPRAY is a fun, lively and light-hearted musical that is sure to put a smile on your face

The cast of HAIRSPRAY UK Tour. Photo Credit: Darren Bell

Big, bold and beautiful, HAIRSPRAY is a fun, lively and light-hearted musical that is sure to put a smile on your face

It’s not often that the atmosphere in the auditorium is electric before a show but it soon becomes apparent why HAIRSPRAY is such a crowd-pleaser. Since its star-studded Hollywood film revival in 2007, HAIRSPRAY has grown to become a firm favourite with musical theatre fans, with a new smash hit production currently on tour in the UK cementing its place in our hearts.

Set in ...

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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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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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Theatre Review: FAT FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

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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Blending gothic horror with morality, Matthew Xia’s adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN at the Royal Exchange stays true to Mary Shelley’s classic tale

FRANKENSTEIN at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Mancheste

FRANKENSTEIN at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Blending gothic horror with morality, Matthew Xia’s gripping adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN stays true to Mary Shelley’s classic tale

It’s been two hundred years since Mary Shelley penned the dark, gothic tale FRANKENSTEIN. Since 1818, Victor Frankenstein and his macabre monster has captivated audiences across the world with the Royal Exchange marking the landmark anniversary with a new stage adaption directed ...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Review: Alastair Whatley’s revival is an amusing, satisfyingly and sensibly silly take on Oscar Wilde’s airy comedy

The cast of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

The cast of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Alastair Whatley’s revival of THE IMPORTANCE BEING EARNEST is wonderfully witty and deliciously decadent

Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE BEING EARNEST makes a welcome return to Manchester society this week as a new revival by The Original Theatre Company heads to Manchester’s Opera House for a week-long run.

Written by Wilde in 1894, THE IMPORTANCE BEING EARNEST tells the story of two bachelors, Jack and Algernon wh...

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