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22019 06 14 Book Of Mormon Paul Coltas

‘If you’re easily offended I’d suggest you stay away’ - The Book of Mormon, reviewed

Joan Davies is a convert for this gem of a show

Tenancy Project 2

Tenancy by Quarantine: 'a theatre project like no other I’ve ever encountered'

No rebellious squat set-up, Lucy Tomlinson has a profound experience in this unconventional Salford arts...

The King And I 2 Johan Persson 4

‘Melody, yearning and humour’ - The King and I, Opera House, reviewed

A British governess, a Thai King and a true story of forbidden love…Joan Davies enjoys...

02 Ret West Side Story Gabriela Garcia Maria Andy Coxon Tony Image Richard Davenport Of The Other Richard

‘A risk that’s paid off’ - West Side Story, Royal Exchange, reviewed

With New York grit and Mancunian swagger, this bolshie reinvention works a treat

Mark Ball Mif

'What does MIF do best? Those projects that are wonderfully indefinable' - Mark Ball, creative...

David Blake discusses The Factory, artistic ambition and the city's growing cultural clout with Manchester...

2019 04 10 Hair Musical Johan Persson 1

‘A few bum notes...in more ways than one’ - Hair, Palace Theatre, reviewed

It has nudity, tribe vibes and audience stage parties. But does this hippy classic still...

Mif 2019 Festival

Manchester International Festival 2019 - full programme revealed

Headliners this year include David Lynch, Phillip Glass, Janelle Monae, Yoko Ono, Idris Elba, Skepta...

2019 02 15 Mother Courage Thumbnail Image The Other Richard Richard Davenport

‘It had more impact in the thirties’ - Mother Courage and her Children, Royal Exchange, reviewed

Joan Davies wonders how relevant the ‘greatest anti-war play’ is today

2019 02 05 Hulme Hippodrome Thumbnail Ian Grundy

These five Greater Manchester theatres are at risk of being lost

Most are derelict and in disrepair, despite all five being Grade II-listed

Dynamo Lowry Dmo 145 1

World-renowned magician Dynamo brings 'intimate' new show to Manchester

Magician Impossible star will perform two ‘highly personal’ shows at The Lowry in February

2019 01 11 One Manchester Hulme

On Top of the World: a tale of loneliness, theatre and Manchester tower blocks

A housing provider teamed up with the Royal Exchange to help lonely residents…with life-changing results...

2018 12 10 Puccini

‘Chalk and cheesy’ - Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, RNCM, reviewed

Jonathan Payne enjoys this double bill of one-act operas, from Puccini’s Il Trittico

2018 11 14 Kinky Boots Helen Maybanks 2

‘A cast as red hot as its namesake shoes’ - Kinky Boots, Opera House, reviewed

Vicky Smith enjoys this glittering cockle-warmer…despite the lazy ending

2018 10 29 Putting It Together 1

Is it fabulous? You bet - Putting it Together, Hope Mill Theatre, reviewed

A refreshing take on Sondheim’s classic from the masters of musical theatre

Poppies Wave Iwmn

The Armistice Centenary: 5 ways to remember in Manchester

From poppy ‘waves’ to lone pipers - commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1

2018 10 22 Death Of A Salesman 1

‘A post-war play with striking relevance’ - Death of A Salesman, Royal Exchange, reviewed

As the ‘American Dream’ turns increasingly sour, Joan Davies applauds a timely revival

17 12 22 Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake to receive ‘outstanding contribution to British theatre’ award

The Boltonian actor will be recognised for championing working class and female voices, as well...

2018 09 25 Return Of The Soldier 4

‘A striking WW1 centenary production’ - Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill Theatre, reviewed

Joan Davies enjoys this timely adaption of the post-war novella

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