Culture

3 February 2016

CATS the Musical review, Opera House Manchester

Cats are interesting creatures. Some are cute and cuddly, many are manipulative and eager to cause mischief. Videos are all over the internet of the antics they get up to ...
2 February 2016

The Rocky Horror Show, Liverpool Empire Theatre Review

The Rocky Horror Show is both a stage show and film which began its life in theatres in 1973 before it was made into a movie in 1975. It quickly ...
28 January 2016

Mary Poppins review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Confession time: I've never sat through the entire Mary Poppins movie in one sitting. It's never really appealed to me and for whatever reason it wasn't one that caught my ...

26 January 2016

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the story of two drag queens (Tick and Adam) and one transgender woman (Bernadette) who journey across the Australian outback from Sydney to Alice ...
19 January 2016

Thriller Live review, Opera House Manchester

Thriller Live has the perfect tools to create one of the best shows to ever come to the West End. Taking from the King of Pop's huge catalogue of music ...
17 December 2015

The Sound of Music review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

The Sound of Music has always been one of my favourite movies. Up until recently, I had always thought the movie to be the original source material for the on-stage ...
10 December 2015

The Bodyguard review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Alexandra Burke, winner of The X Factor, number one selling record artist and now leading star of The Bodyguard. And guess what? She's never looked more alive on stage. Opening ...
9 December 2015

Sarah Millican: Outsider, Parr Hall, Warrington Review

In my review the Home Bird DVD last year, I said how much I wanted to see one of Sarah Millican's live shows and last night- my wish finally came true. ...
27 November 2015

Shrek The Musical, Liverpool Empire Theatre Review

I really didn't know what to expect when I found out I would be seeing Shrek The Musical at the Liverpool Empire Theatre last night. If someone had asked me ...
16 November 2015

Sweeney Todd, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first came to the forefront in the Victorian penny dreadful The String of Pearls. Todd is a barber who slices the necks of ...
29 October 2015

Jersey Boys, Manchester Opera House

Jersey Boys tells the tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and how they went from nothing to everything in a matter of just a few years. The men ...

27 October 2015

Hairspray review, Palace Theatre Manchester

I've seen Hairspray a total of three times now. On the big screen with John Travolta et al, on a London stage back in 2009, and now in the Palace ...
14 October 2015

Mack and Mabel, Manchester Opera House

Mack and Mabel is the love story between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and actress Mabel Normand, who was one of the biggest stars in his silent films. The story stretches ...

13 October 2015

Hairspray, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad; a larger than life teen who loves to sing and dance. She has big dreams of becoming famous one day and won't let ...
7 October 2015

Puttin' on the Ritz, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Puttin' on the Ritz is a song that was originally written by Irving Berlin back in 1927. It now forms part of the musical repertoire in a song and dance ...
15 September 2015

The Sound of Music, Liverpool Empire Theatre

The Sound of Music is a hugely popular musical based on the memoirs of Maria Von Trapp's; The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. When it was adapted for the ...
9 September 2015

Exclusive interview with Lesley Joseph on Annie

Lesley Joseph is about to star as the infamous Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Manchester Opera House on 25th and 26th September. We caught up with her to find ...

23 April 2015

Zoe Lyons exclusive guest blog - making her way into the world of stand-up comedy

There is no defined clear career path for what I do. You have to grab the scythe of faith firmly by the handle and cut your own route. When I ...

21 April 2015

Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is inspired by 7 smash hit album Dreamboats and Petticoats. In 1963, Bobby and Laura's single is not doing as well as they had hoped while Norman ...

10 April 2015

Dirty Dancing, Liverpool Empire Theatre

I saw Dirty Dancing in London a couple of years ago, so was keen to find out how a smaller venue would handle the production last night at Liverpool Empire ...

8 April 2015

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon Easter review - Poisonous Pasts and Death By Chocolate

Venturing out to Blackpool on Easter Monday (April 6, 2015), my friend and I didn't know just what to expect when we entered The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, with a promise ...

31 March 2015

The King's Speech Review, Manchester Opera House

Having only seen the movie of The King's Speech, I was eager to find out how the stage production played out at Manchester Opera House last night. The play tells ...
25 March 2015

Calamity Jane, Palace Theatre, Manchester Review

It's been years since I saw an amateur production of Calamity Jane, so I was keen to see what the professionals had made of it at Manchester Palace Theatre last ...
24 March 2015

Jesus Christ Superstar, Liverpool Empire Theatre Review

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar concentrates on the Gospel's accounts of Jesus' last week before his death. It begins with his arrival to Jerusalem accompanied by ...
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