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Theatre

There’s no shortage of theatres in Manchester. The Palace and Opera House show mainly West End productions and musicals whilst the Royal Exchange Theatre, the largest theatre in the round in Britain, The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, which has the largest stage in the United Kingdom outside London's West End, and HOME, with its two performance venues, show everything from classic theatre and revivals to contemporary drama and new writing. The Greater Manchester Fringe puts on hundreds of productions every summer

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I've always had a soft spot for the Royal Exchange. For me, as someone born in Manchester just after the Second World War, it's...

Review: Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok at the Royal...

One of my favourite books is Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. It explores the conflict between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters in...

This is the play that’s set in a chippy – and...

Becky Prestwich is one versatile and busy writer. She works on Holby City and Doctors and her plays have been produced at White Bear Theatre...

Review: Art at The Lowry

I'm not a fan of Banksy. There, I said it. I don't mean the man, obviously, because I don’t know him. His work. Mildly amusing...

‘A story that needed to be told’: the bittersweet history of...

Helen Tse and her twin sister Lisa have run the Sweet Mandarin restaurant since 2004. It was voted Best Local Chinese Restaurant on Gordon Ramsay’s...

Review: Hairspray at the Opera House

John Waters’ 1988 movie Hairspray had an amazing cast including Rikki Lake, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono and Divine. It was rough and ready but it...

Review: Miss Saigon at The Palace Theatre

When this epic musical was first staged in 1989, images of the spectacle of the iconic helicopter landing on stage filled newspaper column inches....

Meet the man who went from Corrie to The Full Monty...

You may remember actor Rupert Hill from Coronation Street where he played Jamie Baldwin. Since leaving the show in 2008, he has appeared in many...

Review: Frankenstein at the Royal Exchange Theatre

There have been countless interpretations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein on film and stage, most memorably by Hammer Films, Tim Burton, and Kenneth Branagh. Even...

Review: The Sound of Music at The Palace Theatre

When I was growing up, I always avoided The Sound of Music on TV. It always sounded a bit too sickly sweet for me....

Three to see this weekend: mansions, musicals and MancMade

It's mainly about the music this weekend. Get ready to say a final farewell to South Manchester clubbing institution Antwerp Mansion, which will be opening its...

Review: Don Giovanni at The Lowry

Everyone knows what the name Don Giovanni means. Whether it's Don Juan, Lothario, or Casanova, the name has become synonymous for a certain type...