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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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KHLOE KARDASHIAN – Manchester by Kristy Stott

The opening words of Chekhov’s play, The Three Sisters are projected at the back of the stage before we are introduced to a man in a mouse suit who calmly describes our journey to the thea…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

SONG OF THE EARTH/LA SYLPHIDE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The first of the two performances, Song of The Earth, is more of a contemporary production than its counterpart of the night. It offers a more primal show, one that is stripped down to its b…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

SON OF A PREACHER MAN – Touring ★★ by Kristy Stott

Son of a Preacher Man is jukebox musical featuring the hits of 60’s songstress Dusty Springfield – written by Warren Brown and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Ho…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

THE BAND – Manchester & tour ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

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

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring by Kristy Stott

The story centres around a grown-up Wednesday’s newfound romance, with the Addamses preparing to welcome the family of her new boyfriend for dinner. However, there is a secret looming that…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Using a vibrant and intoxicating fusion of hip-hop, street dance, circus and storytelling, Metta’s Jungle Book is suitable for all ages 8 and up.

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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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