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Review: An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical, Manchester Opera House

August 20, 2018 Comments Off on Review: An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical, Manchester Opera House

It may be more than 35-years-old but the sight of a young Richard Gere in an all-white naval officer’s uniform remains an iconic image and one, if we’re being honest, that still gets hearts-a-racing.

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Johanne Murdock in The ToyBoy Diaries at Hope Mill Theatre 2. Credit Anthony Robling

Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

January 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Despite the team behind Hope Mill winning twice at last year’s Northern Soul Awards (Small Theatre of the Year and Fringe Production of the Year), I’d still not visited this Manchester theatre. It was time to put that right.

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RET & Talawa - Guys&Dolls - Centre Kurt Kansley (Harry The Horse) and Cast - Image Manuel Harlan

Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, this co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company of the great Guys and Dolls, first performed in 1950 and revived many times since, is notable for being the first in the UK to feature an all-black cast.

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The cast of ELF The Musical 2017. Credit: James Everett Photography

Review: Elf: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

November 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Elf: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

It’s no secret that I’m a Christmas fanatic.

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The Wizard of Oz, Stockport Plaza

Review: The Wizard of Oz, The Plaza, Stockport

August 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Wizard of Oz, The Plaza, Stockport

As a Stockport resident, I’ve often walked by The Plaza on my way to the big ASDA, and wondered what it’s like inside.

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Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

March 17, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

Part of the strange charm of the original Bat Out Of Hell recording has always been that it was unashamedly grandiose and knowingly absurd, and that, lyrically and presentation-wise, it was also pretty funny.

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Jackie the Musical by Pamela Raith Photography

Jackie magazine: the former teen bible gets a musical makeover

May 7, 2016 Comments Off on Jackie magazine: the former teen bible gets a musical makeover

The 1970s brought us space hoppers, lava lamps and boob tubes. The 60s had swung, allowing the next generation of teenagers to discover the world. But where did they go for the issues that mattered to them?

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The Company - Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Photo credit Paul Coltas

Win tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Manchester

August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Win tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Manchester

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT AT MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Manchester Opera House

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Manchester Opera House

May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Manchester Opera House

Earlier this year I went to London to see my first West End play, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I’d seen the film years ago and could vaguely remember the story, but I had no idea of the treat that lay in store.

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Shrek the Musical

Review: Shrek the Musical – Now I’m a Believer!

December 8, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Shrek the Musical – Now I’m a Believer!

If you haven’t seen the trilogy of films and spin-offs about the bad tempered ogre who falls for a princess, it really doesn’t matter because Shrek the Musical works brilliantly as a standalone show.

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