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Thursday, August 10, 2017

THE WIZARD OF OZ – Stockport by Kristy Stott

The Wizard of Oz gains a fresh reinterpretation with Regal Entertainment Ltd’s production of the classic musical, whilst retaining many of the theatrical characteristics that have made it …

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Derren Brown UNDERGROUND – Touring by Kristy Stott

Derren's Brown's Underground brings together a collection of his previous and favourite stage work. However, do not let this put you off, for I would strongly predict that there is something…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

THE MIKADO – Touring by Kristy Stott

The adaption is set in a private school camping trip which I must admit, I did not realise until I read it in the programme. I feel the production was supposed to be contextualised within a …

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

SISTER ACT – Touring by Kristy Stott

Craig Revel Horwood’s adaptation of Sister Act remains faithful to the previous Broadway and West End productions of the show. The musical, taken away from the varying locations of Las Veg…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

DIRTY DANCING – Touring by Kristy Stott

With enormous shoes to fill for the cast, Johnny (Lewis Griffiths) and Baby (Katie Eccles) especially, the show won over the audience. Whilst honouring the story many know so well, ambitious…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

FATHERLAND – Manchester International Festival by Kristy Stott

Fatherland has been described as a verbatim piece, though it is unclear how much the stories have been edited to fit the trio’s own agenda.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

RETURNING TO REIMS – Manchester International Festival by Kristy Stott

Returning to Reims marks a new chapter for director Thomas Ostermeier. Differing from his previous interpretations including A Dolls House (2003) and Hamlet (2007), Returning to Reims is the…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

THE B WORD – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Only this morning has a precautionary evacuation taken place at Manchester Airport. Triggered by a ‘potential issue with a bag’ in terminal three, the bomb disposal team were called on r…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

TAHA – Touring by Kristy Stott

Taha follows the inspiring story of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali (Amer Hlehel) – a story of humanity and hardship, hope and devastation, opportunity and misfortune, discovery and cha…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

PARTY SKILLS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – Manchester by Kristy Stott

If the world was close to its end -how would you spend your final hours? Storm clouds are gathering as the world teeters on the edge. It’s time to look at all the good things in life.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

THE FATHER – Touring by Kristy Stott

It is rare that we experience dementia from the perspective of the person who is struggling with it, rather we experience it from the viewpoint of family members and carers. This idea is obv…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

JB SHORTS 2017 – Manchester by Kristy Stott

JB Shorts 2017 is a diverse collection of six short plays – each lasting fifteen minutes – written by established TV writers. Started in 2009, it is a bi-annual event that aims to showca…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

TANK- Touring by Kristy Stott

“Don’t even think in your own language. English, all the time!” says Margaret Lovatt, a volunteer researcher in a NASA-funded project to teach Peter, a dolphin how to mimic and underst…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT – Manchester by Kristy Stott

“If music be the food of love, play on” and certainly the production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Manchester’s Royal Exchange is full of music, mirth and mischief, particularly …

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Monday, May 1, 2017

HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT – Manchester by Kristy Stott

How My Light is Spent is a charming and beautiful play about love, loneliness and belonging. Written by Alan Harris, it follows the intertwining lives of Newport Nuts employee Jimmy and phon…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS – Touring by Kristy Stott

In the wake of the political chaos of Brexit and the overhanging general election, My Country; a work in progress offered an insightful look at the divided opinions of our society. Unfortuna…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

JANE EYRE – Touring by Kristy Stott

2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the publication of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous piece, a tale of passion, justice and madness set against the backdrop of Yorkshire’s haunting moor…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

SILVER LINING – Touring by Kristy Stott

Storm Vera is battering the UK and people are being evacuated from their riverside homes following the imminent threat of severe flooding. With the promise that emergency services are on the…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

THE COMMITMENTS – Touring by Kristy Stott

Based on the 1991 film and Roddy Doyle book of the same name, The Commitments is an outstanding must-see musical like no other. For those unfamiliar with the much-loved story, the plot follo…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE WOMAN IN BLACK – Touring by Kristy Stott

Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a chilling horror story that was adapted for the stage over 27 years ago. And yet, the late Stephen Mallatratt’s adapt…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Written around 463BC, The Suppliant Women tells the story of fifty young women who have fled their homeland, in a bid to escape forced marriage, in order to seek asylum in Greece.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

YANK! – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Stu (Scott Hunter) is a 19-year-old who is drafted into the army and immediately becomes the outsider. Stu is soon whisked away from the front line when he has a chance encounter with a phot…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

THE HATE SPEECH TOUR – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Andrew Lawrence’s The Hate Speech Tour mocks the obsession with political correctness, whilst dealing with the difficulties of fatherhood, as well as everyday life.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

CINDERELLA – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Conjuring up all of the charm, magic and celebration of the fairytale, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella is an absolute delight. With David Bintley at the helm, the enchanting story of …

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Federico Garcia Lorca’s formidable text, in a wonderfully uncompromising translation by Jo Clifford which is set within the distinctive confines of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

I TOLD MY MUM I WAS GOING ON AN R.E. TRIP – Manchester by Kristy Stott

In this verbatim performance, the actors each had an MP3 player which they would synchronise with one another, and then repeat the interview, word for word, that was playing in their ear, wh…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NARVIK – Manchester by Kristy Stott

In Narvik, Lizzie Nunnery has written a beautifully harrowing production, produced by Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks.

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Monday, January 30, 2017


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is Simon Stephens' charming adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name. The story of Christopher Boone is one that has touched man…

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Year in Review: Kristy Stott’s favourite productions of 2016 by Kristy Stott

With Christmas in full swing, it feels like a good time to look back at the highlights of a busy year for theatre in Manchester. Here are Upstaged Manchester’s theatrical highlights of 201…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

SHAPPI KHORSANDI: Oh My Country – Touring by Kristy Stott

The comedian and author, who continues to tour through 2017, celebrates her 40th year in Britain by expressing her love for her adopted land through a series of comedic, satirical anecdotes.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Cheer at Winter Wonderland Manchester by Kristy Stott

Thing 1 and Thing 2 had a blast at Winter Wonderland Manchester yesterday evening, as did their parents. Now in its fourth year, this fantastic festive event, housed in the 22,000 sq ft of E…

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