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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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Monday, March 12, 2018

‘Wonderful, sensitive production’: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME, Manchester, is, despite its flaws, a pleasant night at the theatre made all the more enjoyable by this wonderful, sensitive production.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

‘A truly delightful vision’: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Birmingham Royal Ballet) – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Birmingham Royal Ballet should be proud of the show they have created in Sleeping Beauty. They have proven that while we may have changed a lot since 1890, what was beautiful then, is still …

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

‘Creatively manages to balance entertainment & education’: THE AUDIT – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

A play which goes into the details of the economics behind the 2008 banking crisis might sound like a pretty dull way to spend an evening, so credit to Proto-Type Theatre for not shying away…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Constantly interesting to watch’: ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF A LARGE EVENT – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

If you’re tired of conventional plot and character, On the Outskirts of a Large Event will be a welcome change.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

‘Even in the darkest moments, a genuine belly laugh is never far away’: THE NEWSPAPER BOY – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

All in all, The Newspaper Boy is a gripping story, well written and featuring a host of brilliant performances.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Vibrant reinterpretation’: HAMLET – Touring (RSC) ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The RSC’s touring production of Hamlet not only boasts engaging performances but situates them in a dynamic theatrical setting –enabling the entire cast and crew to assert this show as a…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘A masterclass in audience engagement’: NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME & NINA SIMONE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone, performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, is not a tribute concert or a jukebox musical based on Simone’s songs, it is a powerful and totally contempor…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Blows stereotypes apart’: Black Men Walking – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Inspired by a real-life Sheffield-based black men’s walking group, Black Men Walking is an influential and compelling brand new play written by Leeds-based rapper and theatre-maker Testame…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Alex Walton does a stellar job of keeping the energy up’: FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS – Touring ★★ by Kristy Stott

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is a one-man show which tells the story of Martin, an 18-year-old a person with a mental health problem who is obsessed with David Bowie.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Looking Back: Upstaged Manchester’s top productions of 2017 > #theatre2017 #YearinReview by Kristy Stott

We’ve had premieres, modern adaptations and watched some shows receive West End transfers – the Manchester stages have been truly brilliant this year. Here is Upstaged Manchester’s rou…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘Empowering’: HOT BROWN HONEY – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

From the moment the women of Hot Brown Honey take to the stage, they immediately command your attention and awe. This award-winning show is an explosion of female rage against the systems th…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

‘Powerful & glamorous’: EVITA – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Set against the surrounding political unrest in Argentina in the 1940s-50s, many topics, such as sexism, objectification of women, social division and corruption are touched upon, and no dou…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

DICK WHITTINGTON (with John Barrowman) – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

From the initial curtain rise, the Manchester Opera House’s production of Dick Whittington had all the makings of a classic pantomime.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

GUYS & DOLLS – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This Guys and Dolls is the perfect feel-good Christmas production. Playing out in-the-round on the Royal Exchange’s iconic stage, you’ll be left with a spring in your step and a smile on…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

REAL MAGIC – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

As with much of Forced Entertainment’s work, Real Magic at HOME revolves around a set of established (but unspoken) rules. Here, these rules take the form of a game show that seems to be t…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

ELF THE MUSICAL – Salford ★★★ by Kristy Stott

This is a high quality, no-expense-spared production with a strong central performance, some wonderful comic moments and some superb tap-dancing sequences from the company.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

DICK WHITTINGTON – Oldham ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The team at Oldham Coliseum always deliver a Christmas cracker with their traditional, raucous and cheeky pantomime fun and this year is no exception. The talented team of familiar faces are…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

KATE O’DONNELL: YOU’VE CHANGED – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Kate O’Donnell quite literally bares all in her new show, You’ve Changed, a hilarious and honest account of her transition in 2003. Using the backdrop of the 1930s to add a unique twist,…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

UNCLE VANYA – Manchester by Kristy Stott

Taking inspiration from the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, HOME Manchester present Andrew Upton’s beautifully touching translation of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

SPAMALOT – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Eric Idle has captured the essence of Monty Python in this superbly constructed musical version, demonstrating the most natural understanding of what really does make people laugh.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

JUBILEE – Manchester & London ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Jubilee is a riot. From the slogans spray-painted on to plywood surrounding the Royal Exchange’s in-the-round space to the chaotic way the cast commandeer the stage, it is obvious from the…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

HEDDA GABLER – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The desperation of the characters is palpable largely to a perfect set designed by Jan Versweyweld; a blank cold white box with the characters observed like rats trapped in a box.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

THE WIPERS TIMES – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

Caroline Leslie’s direction allows for scenes to seamlessly alternate between that of military attack to a music-hall comedy sketch.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

SUPERPOSITION – Touring by Kristy Stott

Spoken word, science and strip clubs combine to create Chanje Kunda’s one-woman cabaret show exploring the laws of attraction and the meaning of life.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring by Kristy Stott

The musical, based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, with music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, depicts the close-knit working relationship that both characters form, and the dire consequences…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

Following in the footsteps of likeable household-name ‘Josephs’ spanning four decades, Joe McElderry (of X-Factor) has stepped into Joseph’s Dreamcoat and seemed to be thoroughly enjoy…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Today in Manchester: The WHY? Festival at the Contact Theatre by Kristy Stott

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, London, brings her creation inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, to Manchester, offering our young people a…

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