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2019 08 15 Jerry Springer The Opera

‘Jeremy Kyle with more complexity’ - Jerry Springer – The Opera, reviewed

Joan Davies is impressed by a shocking revival

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

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

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...

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

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

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

2018 09 07 Funeral Of Diana Princess Of Wales White Hotel Reviewed The Procession

Funeral of Diana Princess of Wales, White Hotel, reviewed

Danny Moran gets up close to the death car in this bizarre 'artistic exorcism'

2019 12 11 Guys Dolls Thumbnail

‘Classy, Colourful and Cool’ - Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Review

Joan Davies says you don’t need luck to gamble on this for your Christmas show...

2017 12 07 Evita Thumbnail

‘Doesn’t deliver on its promises’ - Evita, Palace Theatre, Review

Vicky Smith finds this show a mix of good and bad - much like the...

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‘6 shows, 15 minutes each, great theatre’ - JB Shorts, 53Two, Review

Spanning social media silliness to moral dilemmas and unruly rock stars, this short play special...

2017 10 26 Sunset Boulevard 4 Copy

'Oozing Webber's gothic splendour' - Sunset Boulevard, Palace Theatre, Review

Ria Jones and Danny Mac excel in this rich Gothic melodrama, set in the cutthroat...

2017 09 06 Pippin

Theatre review - Pippin, Hope Mill Theatre

Joan Davies is surprised at her disappointment in this magical musical

170627 Sister Act 1

Theatre review - Sister Act, Palace Theatre

Vicky Smith is razzled, dazzled and ultimately heart-warmed by this soulful story of sisterhood

170721 Dirty Dancing 2

Theatre review - Dirty Dancing, Palace Theatre

This high-energy performance is visually fantastic, but lacks a little chemistry

Mif17 Boris Charmatz 10000 Gestures Credit Tristram Kenton 5

MIF 2017 - 10,000 Gestures, Reviewed

Joan Davies gives full marks to this inventive and challenging subversion of dance

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