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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Nothing short of a complete triumph’: WEST SIDE STORY – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

West Side Story is Sarah Frankcom’s first major musical production at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and it is nothing short of a complete triumph.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

‘More captivating than ever’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Beauty & the Beast is certainly a ‘tale as old as time’, and in this beautiful interpretation by Birmingham Royal Ballet the magical relationship between Belle and the Beast appears …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘A breath of fresh air’: FAT BLOKES – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Fat Blokes is not your typical dance show. It’s witty, queer, honest, and uncomfortable in all the right places. It’s nothing you expect it to be, but everything that it should be.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘No ordinary night at the theatre’: FROM SHORE TO SHORE – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Walking up the steps of Yang Sing, a restaurant on the edge of Chinatown, it is easy to see that From Shore to Shore will be no ordinary night at the theatre. (Indeed, it’s not at the thea…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Life-affirming & vivid’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Barber Shop Chronicles is a hugely impressive production. Life-affirming and vivid. Putting lives on stage which have not been seen there before.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘The paring of the two is an inspired choice’: THE RITE OF SPRING & GIANNI SCHICCHI – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Opera North’s The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi is an uneven pairing but a thoroughly enlightening and enjoyable evening nonetheless. Both works serve as great entry points to their respe…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘Brings out the fantastical elements’: THE MAGIC FLUTE – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

Opera North’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute takes the composer’s final opera and brings out the fantastical and often comedic elements of what can at times be a dark story…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘An explosion of sheer theatrical joy’: WISE CHILDREN – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Wise Children is the ultimate love letter to theatre. Complete with stars, spotlights, showgirls and Shakespeare – this is a spectacle to behold.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Honest & gritty autobiographical work’: SPARKPLUG – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

Manchester-based Box of Tricks Theatre Company has spent two years developing SparkPlug with dual heritage writer/performer David Judge.

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‘Family-friendly frolic at its best’: BILLIONAIRE BOY – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Billionaire Boy captures the spirit of David Walliams’ novel perfectly. There is humour, warmth, disgust, friendship, minor audience participation, a bit of Fortnite and love. And did I me…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘A deliciously dark gem of a show’: THE ANIMALS & CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS – Manchester & Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

1927’s The Animals & Children Took to the Streets is a deliciously dark gem of a show. With a running time of just 70 minutes, you might assume that the action would be rushed. Instea…

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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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