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2018 07 27 Fame 1

‘Can I give it six stars out of five?’ - Fame, Palace Theatre, reviewed

With productions like this, Vicky Smith wouldn’t be surprised if Fame indeed lives forever

2018 07 27 Dusty 2

‘A distinctive voice and a dramatic story’ - Dusty, The Lowry, reviewed

Joan Davies predicts a strong future for this landmark new musical, based on memories from...

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Tourism’s missing link - Central Library’s astonishing visitor numbers

Jonathan Schofield praises the St Peter’s Square icon but wonders at its omission

2018 07 22 Bee In The City 3

101 bees land in Manchester for ambitious public art project

The giant honeybees will be on display throughout the city until September - so pick...

2018 07 Impossible Dave Williams

Nothing Comperes To Gordo (but four stand-ups might be better)

A riot of laughs for just a fiver – get your ticket while you still can

2018 07 16 The Invisible Man Kieran

New exhibition reveals Manchester through the eyes of the homeless

‘Stories of the Streets’ has popped up in the Arndale, showcasing over 250 photos taken...

2018 07 10 Julie Hesmondhalgh Elspeth Moore 1

Julie Hesmondhalgh on Take Back Theatre: 'where acting meets activism'

The political theatre collective was co-founded by Hesmondhalgh in response to the 2015 Tory conference...

2018 6 21 Mitzi Cunliffe

BAFTA designer is first female artist to receive plaque in Manchester

A memorial for Mitzi Cunliffe will be unveiled at her Didsbury studio, where she created...

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The Bromley Boys - could this become the 'definitive football film'?

With World Cup fever just around the corner, Sareda Dirir previews this summer’s most anticipated...

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Five of Manchester's best independent bookshops

With Independent Bookshop Week around the corner (16-23 June), check out these local literary legends

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Slow motion greatness – cult author Jeff Noon is back

Danny Moran speaks to the man who spins rainbows out of ideas

2018 02 26 Star Garter

The Music Stops Here: a film about The Star and Garter

Documentary tells the tale of another threatened music venue, as part of Manchester Film Festival

2018 02 20 Syria Exhibiton 7

A century of bloodshed: Imperial War Museums 100 years on

On the centenary of WW1’s end, Syria exhibition highlights the endurance of conflict

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The show goes on at Contact Theatre despite closure

The Oxford Road venue will remain closed until 2019, but the show will go on...

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Shudehill's Wonder Inn to close on Halloween

Financial woes and landlord feuds have forced the creative wellness centre to shut up shop

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The Portico - Manchester's time capsule library hidden above a pub

Never mind a wardrobe of furs, The Portico Library & Gallery is Manchester’s very own...

170504 Band On The Wall

Legendary Manchester music venue Band on the Wall announces expansion plans

The OMI-designed extension features a second smaller venue within the building

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Little-known Manchester museum branded 'hidden gem' by Visit England

It’s the second time Visit England has recognised the attraction, based in Newton Street’s former...

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