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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘A complete triumph’: THE BAND – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Band is not just a musical for Take That groupies – it’s a musical for anybody who grew up with a boyband. This is a musical which celebrates the music of Take That and so much more …

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘It’s heartwarming to see these tales stand the test of time’: DOCTOR DOLITTLE – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Over 50 years since the release of the original 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, Leslie Bricusse’s Doctor Dolittle The Musical receives a major new revival stage revival.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Surpassed every expectation’: THE PRODUCERS – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Christmas musical at the Royal Exchange is fast becoming a Manchester tradition. After a run of hits, The Producers has a lot to live up to, but even so, it surpasses every expectation. …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Will leave you thinking & laughing throughout’: JB SHORTS 20 – Manchester by Kristy Stott

As ever, JB Shorts has a great reputation and never disappoints. With its host of gripping, 15-minute plays by some of TV’s top writers and starring local talent, I would recommend JB Shor…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Everything that a pantomime should be’: CINDERELLA – Oldham Coliseum ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

With an abundance of laugh out loud moments, Dave Bintley’s lively musical score of sing-along chart-toppers, a sterling cast of seasoned performers and a pleasing price-tag – Cinderella…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Scorchingly brilliant’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Sarah Frankcom steps up to direct Arthur Miller’s masterpiece Death of a Salesman and the result is scorchingly brilliant production which shoots straight into the heart of a modern-day au…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘Ambitious, experimental & impressively large-scale’: EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED & WOULD HAPPEN – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

With Everything that happened and would happen, MIF stages another trailblazer event designed to give us a taste of what we can expect from The Factory.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘Nothing short of superb’: QUEEN MARGARET – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Queen Margaret is an extraordinary production which combines the insight and depth of a Shakespearian history play with contemporary humour and ingenuity.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘An evening of escapist fun at the theatre’: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

Laying its cards on the table from the very start, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is just that – a comedy about a bank robbery. Taking the well-worn but equally well-loved form of a farce…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘Truly moving & meaningful’: THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Return of the Soldier is a melancholy musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s novel and tells the story of wounded soldier Christopher Baldry’s return home.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

‘Certainly lives up to all the hype‘: WAR HORSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The National Theatre’s War Horse certainly lives up to all of the hype. I’m a hardened theatre critic, aren’t I? However, like most of the inspired audience, I was brought to my feet, …

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

‘Maxine Peake gives a perfectly-measured powerhouse performance’: HAPPY DAYS – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

As you might expect, Maxine Peake, under Sarah Frankcom’s direction, meets the challenges posed by Beckett’s Happy Days head-on and gives a perfectly-measured powerhouse performance.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Brings a new perspective to the story’: BRIGHTON ROCK – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Lowry’s Week 53 festival continues with this new adaptation of Brighton Rock. The festival theme of ‘coming of age’ seems to have been stretched pretty far in the search for conten…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘Fascinating, though heartfelt, verbatim performance’: #BeMoreMartyn – THE BOY WITH THE DEIRDRE TATTOO – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Ultimately, #BeMoreMartyn celebrates the life of one extraordinary person who touched the lives of so many people.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Sonic, visual & theatrical feast’: HIKIKOMORI: THE SHELTER – Salford ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Hikikomori is a sonic, visual and theatrical feast – the absolute best of what you want to see when you take a chance on new theatre.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘A fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons & creativity’: SEVEN INCH – Salford ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Seven Inch is a fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity, and is great for those looking for something uplifting and entertaining throughout. The independent nature of the s…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘You can’t help but notice how well timed this production is’: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

On the strength of the performances, I cannot help but recommend Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, but be sure to take your patience with you.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

‘Intense & hilarious storylines’: JB SHORTS – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This year’s JB Shorts is just as unmissable as the last, showcasing some magnificent local talents in an unforgettable evening. When it comes to short plays, JB Shorts has proved once agai…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Totally contemporary & relevant’: THIS HOUSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This House performs the miraculous feat of making a play about events which occurred over 40 years ago feel totally contemporary and relevant.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘A magical concoction of trapeze, aerial & acrobatics’: THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

At first, Metta Theatre’s Little Mermaid may seem like a simplified interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, but beneath the surface lies a magical concoction of trapeze, aer…

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‘Refreshing to see such men talk with so much openness’: MINEFIELD – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

In 1982, six war veterans fought on separate sides of the Falklands/Malvinas war. Now, in Minefield, they stand together on stage to tell their stories.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘An uplifting, charming slow-burner’: THE WINSLOW BOY – Salford ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Rattigan’s truly powerful dialogue for The Winslow Boy, coupled with Kavanaugh’s subtle directing style, create a piece that is undeniably touching and that audiences will not be quick t…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘A truly unmissable show’: THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk presents a striking non-romanticised view of love and art in a stunningly sensual and passionate way. This is a truly unmissable show.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

‘The high bar has been raised even further’: SPRING AWAKENING – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Since its arrival in Manchester, Hope Mill Theatre has brought much needed fresh and original plays to its stage. The already high bar that Yank! left has been raised even further by the tri…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Keeps the young audience enthralled’: FRIENDS FOR ALL – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Since becoming a father, Simon Mole has tapped into younger audiences – his show – Friends for All – is aimed at ages five and up and is about having the confidence to be yourself and …

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

‘Performed with charm & brutal honesty’: EAST IS EAST – Bolton ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

East is East is a lively, provocative and heartening classic, written, performed and re-created with charm and brutal honesty.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘Guaranteed to make you jump out of your skin’: FRANKENSTEIN – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Royal Exchange has succeeded in bringing psychologically unnerving horror to its stage. With an underlying sense of uneasiness, Frankenstein is guaranteed to make you jump out of your sk…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘A captivating and moving production’: MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Madama Butterfly is a captivating and moving production, go and see it and prepare to enjoy it whether you’re an opera veteran or novice.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

‘A rather successful first draft’: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

However, the UK’s relationship with Un ballo in maschera has been rather dramatic over the past decade after stagings in London were met with little praise. This is Opera North’s first p…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Utter joy to watch’: Handlooms – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Whilst Handlooms attempts to cram a lot into its short running time, it is bursting with heart and this makes it an utter joy to watch.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘More relevant than ever’: DON GIOVANNI – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

All set to Mozart’s powerful and beautiful score, Opera North’s Don Giovanni is a really entertaining night out for seasoned opera lovers or those, like me, who are new to the genre.

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards