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Author: Kevin Bourke

& Juliet: Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the ultimate role

September 4, 2019 Comments Off on & Juliet: Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the ultimate role

It’s by no means impossible that you’ve never heard the name Max Martin.

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Production shot 5 - jerry Springer The Opera - credit Anthony Robling

Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 16, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Not that long ago, in 2006, when Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s outlandish and provocative satire of over-the-top tabloid chat shows, first toured this country, outraged citizens (who in all probability hadn’t actually seen the show but knew in their hearts that they should definitely be outraged) demonstrated long and hard outside any regional theatres who had the balls to mount the show – sorry, this sort of stuff does seem to be catching after all.

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Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

August 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

I’ve pondered before in these pages on the apparently insatiable appetite of musical theatre producers for hit films that can be transformed into stage hits.

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Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There was no little irony in the fact that the press night opening for a play about the luddites should be delayed by a malfunctioning microphone.

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Olly Dobson and Bob Gale Pic copyright Phil Tragen 2019

“If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

July 25, 2019 Comments Off on “If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

Here’s the thing. The blockbuster film Back To The Future was first released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean (ask your parents) invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.

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Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

Even by the wild and woolly standards of Manchester International Festival, the Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s might be considered an unlikely inspiration for a project, let alone one for the first major UK project from a Tokyo-based art collective.

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Review: The Book of Mormon, Palace Theatre, Manchester

June 13, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Book of Mormon, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Written by the South Park team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, The Book Of Mormon arrives at Manchester’s Palace amid the sort of hype that has made it a very hot ticket indeed, with most of the fuss seeming to be about how ground-breakingly outrageous, but hilariously funny, the show is.

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Theatre Review: Home, I’m Darling, The Lowry, Salford

April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Home, I’m Darling, The Lowry, Salford

Laura Wade’s Posh from 2010 was a riotous and righteous savaging of the English class divide.

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Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

Barcelona-based theatre company Señor Serrano, contributing to the theatre element of this year’s year’s ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 at Manchester’s HOME, create what they call “cinema-in-real-time”, in this case using a live-feed camera, keyboard, guitar, microphones, drum kit, amplification and a huge number of smaller props carefully arranged across three large tables, as well as a willingness to show off their manly bodies.

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RET WestSideStory. Gabriela Garcia (Maria) & Andy Coxon (Tony) - image Richard Davenport of The Other Richard

Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

West Side Story, conceived and nursed through a troubled birth in the 1950s by the powerhouse team of Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Leonard Bernstein with a bit of help from a youthful Stephen Sondheim, changed the face of musical theatre.

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