North West

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

Reviews

Ryan Clayton,

Gypsy Queen

Rob Ward (Hope Theatre Company at Oldham Coliseum (studio)).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Seeta Patel, Dagmara Gieysztor

Not Today's Yesterdays

Seeta Patel (concept), Lina Limosani (choreography), Dagmarsa Gieysztor (visual dramaturg), Sharmila Chauhan and Seeta Patel (script) (Seeta Patel Dance at The Lowry studio).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

The cast of Spring and Port Wine, Joel C Fildes

Spring and Port Wine

Bill Naughton (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Simon Armstrong (Sir Toby Belch), Jonathan Keenan

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Hats off to Laura Pitt-Pulford in Nell Gwynn,

Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale (English Touring Theatre at Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Wendi Peters as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland,

Wonderland

Music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy (Neil Eckersley at Opera House, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Andy Moss (Sam) and Carolyn Maitland (Molly), Pamela Raith

Ghost The Musical

Bruce Joel Rubin (Bill Kenwright at Liverpool Empire).
Reviewer: David Sedgwick

Nadia Clifford as Jane in Jane Eyre, Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Jane Eyre

(Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Ged McKenna as Freud and Summer Strallen as Jessica in Hysteria at Preston Charter Theatre,

Hysteria

Terry Johnson (London Classic Theatre at Charter Theatre, Preston).
Reviewer: David Upton

One-Hit Wonders by Sol Picó,

One-Hit Wonders

Sol Picó (Companyia Sol Picó at Viva Festival at Home, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Daniel Abelson as Coleridge in William Wordsworth, Keith Pattison

William Wordsworth

Nicholas Pierpan (Theatre by the Lake & English Touring Theatre at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick).
Reviewer: David Upton

Eleni Edipidi and Nathan Johnston in The Band, Foteini Christofilopoulou

The Band

Eleni Edipidi & Nathan Johnston (Levantes Dance Theatre at Media Factory, Uclan, Preston).
Reviewer: David Upton

Michael Peavoy and Phoebe Pryce, Richard Davenport

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew from the novel by Anne Brontë (Octagon Theatre Bolton and York Theatre Royal at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Gary Clarke's COAL, Joe Armitage

COAL

Gary Clarke (Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Life

Javier de Frutos (choreography), Pontus Lidberg (choreography), Ben Foskett (music) (BalletBoyz at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Christian Edwards as Cyrano and Sharon Singh as Roxane, Nobby Clark

Cyrano

Edmond Rostand, adapted by Deborah McAndrew (Northern Broadsides & New Vic Theatre at The Dukes, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

The Commitments, Johan Persson

The Commitments

Roddy Doyle (Phil McIntyre Entertainments Limited at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

OBRA in Gaudete, Isabelle Bazin Souriment

Gaudete

Ted Hughes (OBRA at Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Philip Cairns (Man) & Sarah Ovens (Proprietress) in Elegy for a Lady, Keith Pattison

Two-Way Mirror

Arthur Miller (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick).
Reviewer: David Upton

Jonathan Goodwin in Tea With Oscar Wilde,

Tea With Oscar Wilde

(Don't Go Into The Cellar at Lancaster Suite, Preston Guild Hall).
Reviewer: David Upton

The Snow Maiden, Richard Hubert Smith

The Snow Maiden

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (music and libretto); Alasdair Middleton (translation) (Opera North at The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Danielle Hope, Tom Parker, Louise Lytton and Darren Day in Grease at Manchester Palace Theatre,

Grease

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (Paul Nicholas & David Ian by arrangement with Robert Stigwood at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Upton

The Suppliant Women chorus,

The Suppliant Women

Aeschylus, new version by David Greig (Actors Touring Company, Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Anita And Me,

Anita And Me

Meera Syal, adapted by Tanika Gupta (Touring Theatre Consortium and Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Sunnyboy Dladla and Wallis Giunta in Opera North's Cinderella, Alastair Muir

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Music by Gioachino Rossini; libretto by Giacomo Ferretti (Opera North at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Katie Bray and Fflur Wyn in Hansel and Gretel, Robert Workman

Hansel and Gretel

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck; text by Adelheid Wette; English translation by David Pountney (Opera North at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson in Escaped Alone, Johan Persson

Escaped Alone

Caryl Churchill (Royal Court Theatre at Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Kintsugi, James Keates

Transitions

Charles Linehan, Oded Ronen and Cristian Duarte (choreographers) (Transitions Dance Company at Axis Arts Theatre, Crewe).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Paul Auster's City of Glass, Jonathan Keenan

City of Glass

Paul Auster, adapted by Duncan Macmilan (59 Productions, HOME and Lyric Hammersmith at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Cinderella,

Cinderella

David Bintley (Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

News

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday April 23.

David Upton, 23 April 2017

Northanger Abbey for Lancaster

A theatre production of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey will be hosted by The Dukes in Lancaster.

David Upton, 23 April 2017

Casanova's nights in Salford

The Lowry treats Salford to Northern Ballet's world première tour of Casanova next week.

David Upton, 23 April 2017

Jason fronts Million Dollar tour

Jason Donovan stars in Million Dollar Quartet when the musical embarks on its first UK tour at Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 23 April 2017

Toxteth drama for Everyman

New writing is in the spotlight with Liverpool Everyman Company’s third production of the season.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Stars come out in Lancaster

Stage performances by Daniel Radcliffe, Billie Piper and Andrew Garfield will be broadcast live into The Dukes in Lancaster.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Hysteria hits Oldham Coliseum

London Classic Theatre come to Oldham Coliseum with their production of the Olivier Award winning comedy Hysteria.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Final glimpse of Ghost in Salford

Bill Kenwright’s Ghost - The Musical will close its current UK tour with a visit to The Lowry, Salford.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Starry cast on Bolton's Winter Hill

Octagon Theatre Bolton has cast its forthcoming world première production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play Winter Hill.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Swansong in a pedalo at Lowry

DugOut Theatre presents Swansong, a post-apocalyptic comedy in a swan pedalo, at The Lowry, Salford.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Greater Manchester Fringe highlights

Rosie Fleeshman explores Internet dating, a quarter-life crisis and her “sexy mind” at this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

A century of short play service!

JB Shorts 17, at Manchester’s 53two venue, will include the 100th short play from this popular event.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

The Toad Knew for The Lowry

James Thierrée visits The Lowry in Salford for the first time with his latest production The Toad Knew.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

The Liver Birds back on song

Two of Liverpool’s most celebrated daughters return to the city for the world première of a new musical based on The Liver Birds.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Swear School at Contact

Everything you wanted to know about swearing that school couldn’t teach you!

David Upton, 16 April 2017

May dance fest at Lowry

The Lowry will present work from five of the world’s acclaimed dance companies in May.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Matilda for Manchester

Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour next year which includes a 10-week run at Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Two dates for homeless work

Theatre Témoin’s The Marked tours the UK’s regional homeless ‘hotspots’, using mask, puppetry and physical theatre to focus on stories of homelessness.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

La Strada takes the road to Salford

Federico Fellini's 1957 Oscar-winning film La Strada (The Road), will be brought to life on stage at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

Jeffrey Holland takes over from Roy Hudd

Jeffrey Holland will star as Tom Ballard in the première stage production of the BAFTA-nominated Waiting For God. He replaces Roy Hudd, who has withdrawn on medical advice.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday April 16.

David Upton, 16 April 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday April 9.

David Upton, 09 April 2017

Unity set to light up theatre again

Unity Theatre artistic director and CEO Matthew Linley has unveiled the opening season and artistic vision for Liverpool’s home of radical and contemporary theatre.

David Upton, 07 April 2017

Open auditions for Cilla role

The producers of Cilla The Musical have confirmed dates and locations for open auditions around the country.

David Upton, 07 April 2017

The Tank set for HOME

Tank runs for three nights at HOME in Manchester, after four-star reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Our Man in Blackpool

Graham Greene’s uproarious spy thriller Our Man in Havana comes to the Grand in Blackpool.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Casanova in Salford

Northern Ballet brings history’s most notorious lover to Salford with its sensual new ballet Casanova.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Home fixture for launch of The Band

Take That has announced that the UK tour of Tim Firth’s new musical, The Band, will begin at Manchester Opera House.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Bat Out Of Hell extended

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell The Musical at the Opera House, Manchester has seen its run extended.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Where there's Hope, there's Love!

Winner of the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize 2017, and £10,000, is actor Simon Bradbury for his play The Last Act of Love of J B Moliere.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

Lancashire Youth Dance Festival

The Dukes and Ludus Dance in Lancaster have joined forces again to host the annual Lancashire Youth Dance Festival.

David Upton, 06 April 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions week beginning Sunday April 2.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

You the jury decide...

Trial By Jury is a new interactive courtroom theatre experience where audiences play a pivotal role and decide the fate of those on trial.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Lowry lays on feast of technology

The Lowry’s 1,700-seat Lyric theatre is set to be taken over by a feast of light, sound, colour and technology.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Blood Runs Deep for Break A Leg

Following its first production The Ruby Slippers, Break A Leg Productions in association with Bill Elms returns with a brand new psychological thriller.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Dukes returns to The Island

A revival of South African political drama The Island premières at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Unity announces theatre transfers

As part of World Day of Theatre for Children, Unity Theatre announced the transfer of Christmas show Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Shout out for Liverpool singers

A new choral theatre production will be staged in one of Liverpool’s most stunning venues.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Dukes put their Thumb on it

The story of Tom Thumb will be brought to life at Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Lennon's missing banjo

There's a new comedy about the disappearance of John Lennon’s first musical instrument.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Mum and daughter in new musical

Hollyoaks star Nicole Barber-Lane returns to her musical roots, alongside her daughter in a new musical.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Windsor at HOME in Manchester

Letters to Windsor House, which takes a look at the UK housing crisis, is coming to HOME, Manchester.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Packed Manchester Fringe festival

Greater Manchester Fringe is back for its sixth year with a selection of drama premières, comedy, Edinburgh previews, poetry, music, clowning and children's shows.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Manchester dates for Wonderland

Wonderland, a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, comes to Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

National's My Country set for HOME

HOME in Manchester presents the National Theatre’s My Country; A Work In Progress, directed by Rufus Norris, and in the words of people across the UK and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Running Wild to The Lowry

The first UK tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, is at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 02 April 2017

Lord of the Dance for Manchester

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is heading to Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

McGann interviewed on stage

Paul McGann will be interviewed by former Liverpool Echo arts editor Catherine Jones at the Williamson Square venue before his performance in Gabriel.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

New-look Coliseum revealed

The latest vision for the new Oldham Coliseum Theatre has been released ahead of the submission of a planning application.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

Exchange première for Bruntwood winner

Alan Harris’s How My Light Is Spent is the latest Bruntwood prize-winning play to have its world première at Manchester Royal Exchange.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

Soap star goes Snow White

Wild at Heart and Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson will lead the cast of the Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at St Helens Theatre Royal.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

Inspector in The Lounge

Inspector Sands brings its characteristically absurdist exploration of twilight years The Lounge to Contact, Manchester and Soho Theatre, London.

David Upton, 31 March 2017