North West

The latest news, features and reviews from theatre, opera and dance in Manchester, Liverpool and throughout the north west of England.

Reviews

Jessica Baglow,

First Words

Charlotte Joseph, Shauna Mackay and Ian Townsend (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Barely Methodical Troupe in Circusfest 2016 at the Roundhouse,

Kin

Devised by Ben Duke and the company (Barely Methodical Troupe at Quays Theatre, The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Kenneth Alan Taylor, Joel C Fildes

The Father

Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The Railway Children at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool,

The Railway Children

Stephen Kingsbury and Ben Sleep (Talking Scarlet Productions at Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Hannah Mook and Ross McCaffrey, Chris Payne

Bears

Powder Keg (Powder Keg and Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Wonderland

Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy based on the book by Lewis Carroll (Wonderland Stage at Liverpool Empire).
Reviewer: David Sedgwick

Adrian Zmed (Georges) and John Partridge (Albin), Pamela Raith Photography

La Cage aux Folles

Music and lyrics, Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein (Bill Kenwright at Lyric Theatre, Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

David Birrell, Sue Wallace and Cathy Tyson in Talking Heads, Ian Tilton

Talking Heads

Alan Bennett (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre, Bolton).
Reviewer: David Upton

Trainspotting

Novel by Irvine Welsh, adaptation by Harry Gibson (King's Head Theatre and In Your Face Theatre (producer James Seabright) at Quays Theatre, at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Out of this World

Mark Murphy (V-TOL at Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Janet Suzman as Rose, Simon Annand

Rose

Martin Sherman (HOME Manchester at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Antony Bunsee (Admiral Croft) and Lara Rossi (Anne), Johan Persson

Persuasion

Jane Austen, adapted by Jeff James with James Yeatman (Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Kayleigh Hawkins, Lucy Ridges

Herding Cats

Lucinda Coxon (Play With Fire Productions at Hope Mill Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Alex Mugnaioni as The Mad Hatter, Rebecca Birch as Alice and Tom Connor as Mad March Hare, Mark McNulty

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, adapted by Glyn Maxwell (Storyhouse at Storyhouse, Chester).
Reviewer: Dave Jennings

The cast of Hard Times, Joel C Fildes

Hard Times

Charles Dickens, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

James Wilton Dance in Leviathan, Werner Kmetitsch and Steve Tanner

Leviathan

(James Wilton Dance at Contact Theatre).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Amy Drake in Keep Breathing,

JB Shorts 17

Helen Farrall, James Quinn, Aileen Quinn, Peter Kerry, Ian Kershaw, Nick Ahad, Dave Simpson, Diane Whitley (Reallife Theatre Company at 53two).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Louise Jameson, Cathy Tyson, Souad Faress, Janet Henfrey and Denise Black, Richard Davenport

Winter Hill

Timberlake Wertenbaker (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The cast of The Beggar's Opera, Mark Carline

The Beggar's Opera

John Gay, adapted by Glyn Maxwell (Storyhouse at Storyhouse Chester).
Reviewer: Dave Jennings

Our Man in Havana at Blackpool Grand,

Our Man In Havana

Clive Francis, adapted from Graham Greene's novel (Creative Cow, in association with Malvern Theatres and Buxton Opera House at Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Joe Boylan in Tank, The Other Richard

Tank

Billy Barrett, Joe Boylan, Craig Hamilton, Ellice Stevens, Victoria Watson (Breach at Studio 2, HOME, Manchester).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Charlotte Merriam, Ed MacArthur, Tom Black and Nina Shenkman in Swansong, Richard Davenport

Swansong

Sadie Spencer and Tom Black (DugOut Theatre at The Aldridge Studio, The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Northern Ballet dancers in Casanova, Emma Kauldhar

Casanova

Kenneth Tindall (Northern Ballet at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

News

Gutted returns to Manchester

A one-woman show based on her struggle with chronic illness comes to Manchester’s HOME venue.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Miss Julie opens at Keswick

An adaptation of August Strindberg’s sexually charged classic Miss Julie opens at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

SPARK set to fly in Manchester

SPARK, a brand-new transgender arts festival, curated by pioneering Manchester based trans theatre company Trans Creative, runs from July 3 to 7.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Mary Stuart reigns in Salford

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams reprise their roles in Mary Stuart when the play visits Salford’s Lowry arts centre next year.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Blood Brothers for Chester

This year marked 30 years since Bill Kenwright’s production of the musical Blood Brothers.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Parked up in Manchester again

Car Park King will be back at 53Two in Manchester as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Wizard flying to Southport

The Wizard of Oz will be visiting Southport Theatre from October 24 to 26.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

Liverpool bangs the Drum for new season

Sherlock’s search for the Baskerville hound heads to Liverpool Playhouse in December while the Everyman hosts Kneehigh’s world première of the Tin Drum.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday June 25.

David Upton, 25 June 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday June 18.

David Upton, 18 June 2017

One more unto the beach – in Morecambe

Bard by the Beach, a celebration of all things Shakespearean, will be back treading the boards in Morecambe again from July 20 to 23.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

Fat Roland's big break with The Lowry

Following a national open call for submissions, Manchester performer Fat Roland developed a new show responding to the theme ‘coming of age’.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

Small Faces show for Chester

All Or Nothing, the Small Faces musical, is heading to Chester’s newest arts venue as part of its latest UK tour.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

10-day summer festival in Sale

Waterside in Sale, Greater Manchester, launches a brand new ten-day summer programme from July 21.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

Bruntwood Prize entries close

The 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has inspired 1,898 writers to submit their plays to Europe's largest prize for playwriting.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

Dirty Dancing back in Manchester

The new UK production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is at Manchester Palace Theatre from July 18 to 22.

David Upton, 16 June 2017

Horrors in store in Liverpool

After last year’s Chamber of Horrors, Lovehistory is returning to Liverpool’s historic St George’s Hall this October.

David Upton, 15 June 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions week beginning Sunday June 11.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Monologues stand alongside Talking Heads

The winning monologues of the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s first National Prize will be performed in tandem with the venue’s current run of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Liverpool dates for Young DaDaFest

Young DaDaFest develops young disabled and Deaf artists, aged between 12 and 30 by providing them with a platform to perform in front of large audiences.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Our Town opens Exchange new season

The Royal Exchange in Manchester promises a new autumn season which brings together theatre makers from across the UK.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Salon returns to St Helens

Drew Quayle’s comedy play The Salon makes a return to St Helens Theatre Royal.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

On trial at St George's Hall

Lovehistory brings Trial By Jury back to Liverpool’s St George’s Hall with a brand new case to solve.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Hound opens in new city centre space

Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is bought to life in Northern Rep’s new production.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Musical duo's HOME fixture

HOME in Manchester adds to its talent development programme with the launch of a new project, the T1 Commission.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Musical revival for Manchester

The revival of an award-winning musical has its Manchester première at one of the city’s newest theatres.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Comic opera first for Chester

Comic opera company Opera della Luna makes its first visit to Chester’s new Storyhouse venue.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Preview show dates for Exchange

What if I Told You is Pauline Mayers’s way of telling her (his)tory as a black woman, a dancer and choreographer.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Elf service for Salford

Elf: The Musical will run for a limited season at The Lowry in Salford this Christmas.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Delaney Jnr play première

Sweet Responsibility, a new play by Charlotte Delaney, daughter of Salford writer Shelagh Delaney, is being performed at Salford Arts Theatre for the first time.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Oldham première for The Father

Kenneth Alan Taylor, stars as André in The Father, a French drama phenomena that gets its North West première at Oldham.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Three musical firsts for Blackpool

The Winter Gardens Blackpool has unveiled a trio of musicals heading to the resort on their maiden UK tours.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Jodie is Shirley Valentine

Willy Russell’s comedy Shirley Valentine comes to the Lowry in Salford starring Jodie Prenger as Shirley.

David Upton, 10 June 2017

Honing Party Skills for MIF event

Theatre innovators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari have revealed further details for their subversive Party Skills for the End of the World, their Manchester International Festival debut.

David Upton, 10 June 2017

X-Factor star in Dusty musical

New show Son of a Preacher Man has announced that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour.

David Upton, 10 June 2017

Ballet Cymru brings Shakespeare to Preston

Award-winning Ballet Cymru presents its version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Preston Charter theatre next Wednesday.

David Upton, 04 June 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday June 4.

David Upton, 04 June 2017