Theatre

2 July 2019

AJ Holmes shares the inspiration for his new show Yeah, But Not Right Now

AJ Holmes has spent the last few years travelling the world as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon and now, ahead of bringing his heartfelt and hilarious coming of age ...

1 July 2019

Alex Hughes shares his inspiration for his new show The De Nova Super

ALEX HUGHES is a film, television and theatre actor and veteran of Secret Cinema. Alongside fellow theatre, clown, film and movement aficionado Will Palmer he has crafted THE DE NOVA ...

14 June 2019

Top five NEW must-see stage musicals

Anyone who knows anything about musicals knows all about the classics. The spectacular emotion of Les Miserables, the captivating aura of Phantom of the Opera, the feel-good sing-a-long of Mamma ...

15 May 2019

The House on Cold Hill review, Opera House Manchester

Peter James is an incredibly accomplished crime and horror writer, with 14 books in his Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, as well as his novel The House on Cold Hill and ...

25 April 2019

Equus review, The Lowry, Salford

I've heard a lot about Peter Shaffer's psychological thriller, Equus, but had never had the chance to check out the show for myself. Only knowing small tidbits of information about the story, ...

24 April 2019

Dirty Dancing review, Palace Theatre Manchester

There are plenty of classic stories from the 1980s, but standing above all of them is 1987 release, Dirty Dancing. With the record-breaking national tour making its Manchester stop this ...
10 April 2019

Hair the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Despite Hair the Musical currently touring to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it's a show that has evaded me throughout my years of going to the theatre! Fortunately, I got the opportunity ...

3 April 2019

American Idiot review, Palace Theatre Manchester

In a time when political discourse in the UK is at a high, the theatre is often a wonderful opportunity to escape. Seeing three marijuana-toking youngsters from a working class ...

2 April 2019

The Girl on the Train review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

When Paula Hawkins' best-selling novel The Girl on the Train was turned into a movie, it was a little disappointing to see the story uprooted and moved to America. So, ...

26 March 2019

Glengarry Glen Ross review, Opera House Manchester

Glengarry Glen Ross is unlike any show I've ever seen. The play tells the story of a group of real estate salesman in New York City who are all down ...

7 February 2019

Annie review, Opera House Manchester

Annie often seems to be a story that splits audiences right down the middle. It's the marmite of musicals; you either love or hate it. There's something utterly heartwarming about ...

23 January 2019

Saturday Night Fever review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Growing up in the age of talent shows, dancing had become somewhat of a fad, at least to me and a portion of my generation. It takes a lot for ...

12 December 2018

Cinderella review, Opera House Manchester

Pantomime season is well and truly underway, and this year, Manchester is being treated to a performance of fan-favourite Cinderella like none we've ever seen before. With former Coronation Street stars Connor ...
6 December 2018

Wicked review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Though Wicked is currently celebrating 15 years since it first hit the stage, it's one of the few musicals that I had yet to tick off my list. So, going into ...

27 November 2018

Benidorm Live review, Palace Theatre Manchester

If there's any doubt in the minds of Benidorm fans as to whether or not the long-running, award-winning ITV comedy should be brought back from its shock axing earlier this year ...
31 October 2018

Calendar Girls the Musical review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

Calendar Girls the Musical is a lesson in female empowerment. This is what the feminist movement has always been about; taking charge no matter your age, shape, or bra size ...

21 September 2018

Matilda the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Matilda the Musical may have been running late due to technical issues at last night's Palace Theatre Manchester show, but when things kicked off, a stellar performance was given by ...

21 August 2018

A day in the life of Philippa Hogg

Working on a London show is a real treat for me for many reasons - one being I can live at home! Our work as actors is so often on ...

17 August 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Sara Joyce on the creation of the award-winning Dust, returning to the stage

One weekend at University a friend came to stay at my family home with me. I’m from beautiful countryside and what it lacks in easy proximity to, well – anything, ...

15 August 2018

Madagascar the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Upon its release in 2005, Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar became a major hit with families across the globe. Introducing a roster of family-friendly unique characters, the movie would spawn a series ...
14 August 2018

An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical review, Manchester Opera House

As a complete newcomer to the story of An Officer and a Gentleman, I was unsure what to expect when seeing the musical return to the stage in Manchester's Opera House this ...

30 July 2018

Henry Maynard shares what inspired him to create the immersive show Swell Mob

I have worked as a freelance director on over seven individual immersive events that took place in the Caribbean, these would have a narrative that played out over five days ...

28 July 2018

Writer Isley Lynn shares what inspired her to create Skin a Cat

I'm eating cheap but delicious food with this new group of friends I've somehow stumbled into – they're all playwrights as well, and I really want them to like me ...

27 July 2018

Fame review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Heading into Fame’s press night at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, I had no clue what to expect other than the iconic titular song. Having never seen the original film, ...