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Denise Welch

“We still have a long way to go.” Actress, presenter and mental health advocate Denise Welsh talks to Northern Soul

January 10, 2020 No Comments

She is an accomplished stage and TV actress, a ‘loose’ woman, a mental health advocate and, most recently, a patron of Manchester’s award-winning Hope Mill Theatre.

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Theatre Review: The Secret of Christmas Eve, Oldham Library Theatre

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Secret of Christmas Eve, Oldham Library Theatre

This is another Christmas gem from the people who made the best Peter Pan I have ever seen.

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Miracle on 34th Street, at the Playhouse, Liverpool. Photograph: Robert Day

Festive Theatre Review: Miracle on 34th Street, Playhouse, Liverpool

December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Miracle on 34th Street, Playhouse, Liverpool

Miracle on 34th Street was always going to be a commercial banker for the Liverpool Playhouse.

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Festive Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, York Theatre Royal

December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, York Theatre Royal

Ask anyone in York what makes their Theatre Royal pantomimes so special and they’ll sum it up in two words: Berwick Kaler.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Lowry Image Manuel Harlan

Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

December 14, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

I’ve been feeling a lack of Christmas cheer.

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Theatre Review: Treasure Island, Bolton Octagon at the University of Bolton Stadium

December 12, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Treasure Island, Bolton Octagon at the University of Bolton Stadium

Arrh Jim lad, this is Treasure Island, but not as we know it. No timbers will be shivered, no one will be sent to Davy Jones’s Locker, but a good time will be had by all.

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Opera Review: Dialogues des Carmelites, RNCM, Manchester

December 11, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Dialogues des Carmelites, RNCM, Manchester

As tradition would have it, here at the OperaWatch office our Christmas celebrations start when the tickets for the Royal Northern College of Music’s December production arrive.

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Theatre Review: Peter Pan, Liverpool Empire

December 11, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Peter Pan, Liverpool Empire

Playing a straight role in panto can be a thankless task, and the programme cover and posters for this year’s festive offering from the Liverpool Empire make it clear where the production’s priorities lie.

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Theatre Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Manchester Opera House

December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Manchester Opera House

The trick to pulling off a really great pantomime is balance.

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Mr Popper's Penguins at Sale Waterside Arts Centre Tuesday 26th Nov - Tues 31st Dec 2019

Festive Theatre Review: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Sale Waterside

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Sale Waterside

In recent years Sale Waterside has built a mighty reputation for its family-friendly Christmas shows, often in association with Pins & Needles Productions, punching well above their weight with the likes of The Bear and Father Christmas.

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