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An Inspector Calls reviewed: beguiling, intriguing and a must see

JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is a classic thriller. But is it still relevant for today’s audiences? At first, it feels like a good old...

The best of Manchester theatre 2019

It's been a great year for theatre in Manchester. It really has been the year of Manchester Gets it First, with new shows trying...

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas review: it’s like flicking...

My last review of 2019 and we are off to Whoville, a place where they like Christmas a lot. Step forward The Grinch, a mean,...

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...

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...

The best Christmas shows in Manchester this year – and how...

Everybody loves a panto at Christmas. But there's more to Christmas than pantos. Winter is a bumper season for theatre in Manchester, with everything from musicals...

Circus 1903 review: this beautiful breathtaking show is a must-see

The circus has rapidly become a dated form of entertainment. Audiences no longer want to see animals being mistreated in a big top. Reality...

Nigel Slater’s Toast review: a sugary trip down memory lane

With the blustery weather, cold winds and relentless rain we're having, you might be looking for something heart-warming to get you feeling all toasty. Toast...

A circus-themed theatre production with giant elephant puppets is coming to...

At the turn of the century, elephants were a big part of travelling circuses. They'd often wow audiences by standing on their heads, jumping...

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...

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 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...

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