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Thursday, October 29, 2020

‘Wholly engaging’: PETRICHOR – ThickSkin (Online review) ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

At a time when human connection feels more vital than ever, Petrichor offers an immersive, accessible and unique way to experience theatre.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘An absolute triumph’: GYPSY – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Royal Exchange has built a reputation for consistently delivering knockout versions of classic musicals as an alternative to the traditional pantomime. I’m pleased to be able to say th…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Moving & beautifully crafted performance’: LIGHT FALLS – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Light Falls is Sarah Frankcom’s swan song as artistic director at the Royal Exchange. And what a moving and beautifully crafted performance to leave on. Light Falls is one of the best perf…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

‘Adeptly traverses the conflicting genres of the original problem play’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Intertwining ribald comedy with a morality tale is no easy feat, yet an outstanding cast and creative team reinforce this thought-provoking and immersive experience of Measure for Measure fo…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘A creepy joy to experience’: MACBETH – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This production of Macbeth receives stunning direction from Christopher Haydon and, crucially, Lucy Ellinson is magnificent as Macbeth.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

‘The whole spectacle is a joy to watch’: THE NICO PROJECT – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

As part of MIF (Manchester International Festival), that aims to bring artists from different art forms to create forward thinking innovative work, Maxine Peake stars in the world premiere o…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Lively & refreshing’: THE HIRED MAN – Oldham ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Hired Man is a lively and refreshing Northern musical which offers us an insight into the life of rural communities at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Digs convincingly into the psychology of the characters’: MISS JULIE – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

This production of Miss Julie, by the Durham-based Elysium Theatre Company, keeps things simple and focused on the complex subtext of Strindberg’s work (here in a proficient translation by…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘A beautiful reinterpretation of the Shakespearean classic’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO & JULIET – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

A beautiful reinterpretation of the Shakespearean classic, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet at The Lowry modernises the tale of doomed love for a new audience.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘Broadens the thematic reach of the play’: HOBSON’S CHOICE – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Royal Exchange’s latest offering is an adaptation of Harold Brighouse’s 1916 play Hobson’s Choice, with the action updated from Victorian-era Salford to Ancoats in the 1980s.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘Hauntingly hypnotic’: SILENT LINES – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Whether you’re a contemporary-dance-curious newcomer or a die-hard fan of Maliphant’s exquisite vision and choreography, Silent Lines is a beautifully serene though sharply executed perf…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘Plants the play firmly in a different era’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

It may be Shakespeare but thanks to the ensemble cast and their excellent interpretation this production of Much Ado About Nothing could not be described as stuffy, taking the audience from …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Authentic & invigorating production’: HAMLET – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This production of Hamlet asserts itself as the authentic, entertaining and thrilling rendition that it consciously aims to be.

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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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