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

The Entertainer review: worth seeing for Shane Richie’s stunning performance alone

John Osborne wrote The Entertainer in 1956 when the country was divided by the Suez Crisis. This meant that there were lots of arguments...

On Your Feet review: Gloria Estefan juke box musical needs...

A good biographical juke box musical needs conflict or drama to keep the momentum going when a greatest hit is not being sung. Beautiful sees...

Like being scared? Like having a laugh too? Then Director’s Cut...

Some of the most memorable horror films haven’t just been scary. They’ve been funny too. Gremlins, Scream, Shaun of the Dead, Ghostbusters, and What We...

The Exorcist review: this stage adaptation has its moments but is...

Most people think The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies of all time. TV and radio film critic Mark Kermode thinks so. It's...

Avenue Q review: you’d be a muppet to miss this marvellous...

If you went to university and found it really fulfilling but thought 'what now?' when you finished, the hit show Avenue Q presents you...

The Lovely Bones review: dreamlike, hypnotic and always watchable

Alice Sebold’s best selling novel The Lovely Bones is written from the perspective of protagonist Susie Salmon (played here by Charlotte Beaumont) who takes...

DeLorean time machine comes to Manchester ahead of Back to the...

Christopher Lloyd, the actor who played the original Dr Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future film trilogy, narrowly avoided getting a parking...

Explore Manchester Central Library after dark with an immersive theatre show...

The Ministry of Truth is recruiting... This winter, you can explore the dramatic world of Manchester Central Library after hours with a new immersive theatre...

Hope Mill Theatre becomes a charity with Russell T Davies and...

Manchester's critically acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre is to move from private ownership to a registered charity, it has been announced. The Ancoats theatre founded by...

Curtains review: Jason Manford excels in delightfully old-fashioned murder mystery

On the day that Coleen Rooney was dubbed Wagatha Christie for her super sleuth detection on Instagram, the Kander and Ebb musical-whodunnit Curtains starring...

Hedda Tesman review: Hedda remains a force to be reckoned with

In this reworking of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, the heroine of the play is trapped in her marriage, 20 years on, with a daughter. Taking...

Review: Mame at Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill Theatre has been home to so many beautiful productions and has become so beloved that it's difficult to remember a time without...

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