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Manchester has re-invented itself as a hotbed of arts and culture. Our creative city is brimming with love for the arts. It’s bursting with enough galleries, museums, concert halls, libraries, and theatres to keep the most devout culture vulture happy and more festivals than you can shake a stick at.

Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is a love letter to...

It was a sell-out even before its world premiere season opened in 2016. The Red Shoes sold out its first visit to The Lowry...

MancBook Review: Vurt by Jeff Noon

Morrissey could be right. So we’ve taken a leaf out of his book and started our very own book club. But not just any...

The Bodyguard review: a Christmas cracker of a show with no...

The Bodyguard was one of those hit films which, like Desperately Seeking Susan, Dreamgirls and The Man Who Fell to Earth, was marketed on...

MancBook Review: The Myth of Brilliant Summers by Austin Collings

Morrissey could be right. So we've taken a leaf out of his book and started our very own book club. But not just any...

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...

Review: Rambert Triple Bill celebrates modern dance that stands out from...

Rambert is one of the world’s leading independent dance companies, known for radical, thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining pieces. The name is synonymous with diverse and...

MancBook Review: Manchester’s Radical Mayor by Joanna M Williams

On 22nd August 1893, the Great Abel bell in Manchester's new town hall - inaugurated just short of 16 years before - tolled solemnly...

Review: new bar and restaurant The Rivals takes centre stage at...

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...

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...

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...

Six review: it’s playful, funny, highly original and never outstays its...

Imagine if the six wives of Henry VIII formed a girl band consisting of the usual archetypes of the pushy Mariah, the indie and...

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...

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