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Theatre Review: & Juliet, Manchester Opera House

October 4, 2019 No Comments

Not so much a remix of Shakespeare as a thoroughly modern sequel, packed full of fashionable themes like female empowerment and gender fluidity, all set to, ahem, bangin’ tunes from some bloke you’ve probably never heard of even though they’ve sold in the high godzillions.

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& 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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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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John Barrowman, Dick Wittington, Manchester

Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

When I announced to the folks at Northern Soul Towers that I’d never been to a pantomime, they looked at me like I had two heads.

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John Barrowman, Dick Wittington, Manchester

“You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on “You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

As you might expect, chatting with John Barrowman is a cheeky and gossipy encounter. His tales are peppered with one-liners about threesomes with The Krankies and being the best ‘Dick’ in the business.

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Set-Up shots showing The Snowman @ Birmingham Rep Theatre. (Taken 12-01-17) ©Tristram Kenton 01/17 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Snowman, Manchester Opera House

Clever intros aren’t really necessary here: Birmingham Rep’s production of The Snowman is a near-perfect festive family show.

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The Wipers Times

Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times, coming to Manchester Opera House at the end of October, tells the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the midst of the mud and murderous mayhem of the Somme at the height of the First World War.

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Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

There were ructions in the pantomime world this week when it emerged that reality TV star Stacey Solomon – currently appearing in Dick Whittington in Milton Keynes – was holding a clipboard with her lines on it throughout her performance as Fairy Bowbells.

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Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost & Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, Opera House, Manchester

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost & Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, Opera House, Manchester

I visited London’s Old Vic recently to watch its overly intellectual presentation of Lear. Like a pretentious, post-modern meal, there is much to wonder at in this show, but it left me cold and hungry for something more filling. Impressive looking food doesn’t always taste that great. So it’s great to be back in Manchester and in safe hands seeing this Shakespearian double bill by the RSC and the Chichester Festival. 

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George's Marvellous Medicine

Review: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Manchester Opera House

November 16, 2016 Comments Off on Review: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Manchester Opera House

It’s not quite panto season yet, but this touring production of George’s Marvellous Medicine ticks a lot of those same boxes where family entertainment is concerned.

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