North West

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

Reviews

OBRA in Gaudete, Isabelle Bazin Souriment

Gaudete

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

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

Crissy Rock in Seriously Dead,

Seriously Dead

Leah Bell & Crissy Rock. Original music: Mike Redway (Charter Theatre, Preston).
Reviewer: David Upton

Colin Connor and Katy Cavanagh, Jonathan Keenan

Ashes

David Rudkin (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Peter Macqueen as Old Herbaceous,

Old Herbaceous

Reginald Arkell adapted by Alfred Shaughnessy (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick).
Reviewer: David Upton

Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice), Johan Persson

Funny Girl the Musical

Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart, revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Menier Chocolate Factory at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Patrick Brennan, Stephen Vaughan

Fiddler on the Roof

Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), Joseph Stein (book) (Everyman Company at Liverpool Everyman).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Danielle Steers (front centre) as Zahara in Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, Specular

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical

Jim Steinman (David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith at Opera House, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Upton

Polly Lister who wrote and stars in I Was A Wife,

I Was A Wife

Polly Lister (The Dukes, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

Lucy Jane Parkinson in Joan, Field & McGlynn

Joan

Lucy J Skilbeck (Milk Presents, in association with Derby Theatre at Contact Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke, Jonathan Keenan

The House of Bernarda Alba

Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Jo Clifford (Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

News

NW productions

Round-up of regional shows opening week beginning Sunday March 26.

David Upton, 26 March 2017

Janet Suzman to bring Sherman's Rose HOME

HOME Manchester will revive Martin Sherman's play Rose, which premièred at the National Theatre in 1999, starring Dame Janet Suzman.

David Chadderton, 25 March 2017

FLARE17 releases a programme taster

Manchester's Flare international new theatre festival has announced a few items from this year's line-up in advance of the full programme launch in May.

David Chadderton, 25 March 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional shows opening week beginning Sunday March 19.

David Upton, 19 March 2017

Manchester Theatre Award winners

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre had a bumper haul of trophies from the Manchester Theatre Awards, revealed at a star-studded event at the city’s HOME venue.

David Upton, 17 March 2017

McGrath reveals his first MIF programme

John McGrath has revealed his first programme as artistic director of the biennial Manchester International Festival in summer 2017.

David Chadderton, 14 March 2017

Eclipse Theatre's Slate has its Enablers

Eclipse Theatre has appointed the Enablers who will help deliver its National Lottery funded Slate programme to support the work of black and minority ethnic theatre makers.

Sandra Giorgetti, 13 March 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions week beginning Sunday March 12.

David Upton, 12 March 2017

Memories of Desmond sought in Lancaster

The Dukes in Lancaster needs memories of the December 2015 floods and power cuts in the area to help create a new play at the theatre this autumn.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Toksvig comedy for Lakeland

Silver Lining, the new comedy by Sandi Toksvig, arrives at Theatre by the Lake on March 21.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Housing issue at HOME

Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole’s show Letters to Windsor House is coming to Home, Manchester.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Miller double bill for Keswick

Two-Way Mirror by Arthur Miller opens Theatre by the Lake’s 2017 Season in its Studio theatre.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

New rehearsal space for Manchester

Hope Studios, Manchester’s new independent rehearsal workspace based in the Northern Quarter, opens its doors this week.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

City collective stages What The Dickens?

Manchester collective Actors, Directors & Producers, is teaming up with the Oldham Coliseum main stage in May to produce What The Dickens?.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Twelfth Night for Royal Exchange

Shakespeare’s comedy of gender, identity and love storms into Manchester Royal Exchange next month.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Northern Cyrano for Lancaster

Northern Broadsides returns to The Dukes with its new version of classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Keep in the Black at Lowry

Hundreds of tickets have been priced at £10 for The Woman in Black at The Lowry.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Baby-faced opera for Manchester

The follow up to Scottish Opera’s BabyO performances, BambinO is a pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Flare call for new work

The Flare International Festival of New Theatre, taking place in Manchester July 4 to 8, is still looking for challenging and original new theatre pieces.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

Story Giant strides into city

Brian Patten’s family tale The Story Giant brings four children from different corners of the world together in dreamtime.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Royal progress for Regal shows

St Helens-based production company Regal Entertainments Ltd is taking its shows on the road.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Macca show for Blackpool

Macca The Concert: Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney, which launched in January with a UK / European tour, comes to Blackpool on March 31.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Lesley Garrett show for Liverpool

One of Britain’s most popular sopranos comes to Liverpool’s St George’s Hall as part of her latest UK tour.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Unity stages a theatre sampler

The builders may be in at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre but it is continuing to bring theatre to the city in its Out of Space season.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Broadsides' Cyrano on Merseyside

Northern Broadsides brings its swashbuckling new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac to Liverpool Playhouse.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Searching for Cilla

Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield are set to stage a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday March 5.

David Upton, 05 March 2017

Masculinity under a microscope

Growing Pains is the debut one-man show by Salford-born actor, writer and musician Tom Gill.

David Upton, 26 February 2017

Corrie's Kevin for Commitments

Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy stars as Jimmy’s Da in the UK tour of The Commitments which comes to the Palace Theatre, Manchester.

David Upton, 26 February 2017

Bolton and York take on a new Tenant

Octagon Theatre Bolton and York Theatre Royal present a brand new adaptation of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

David Upton, 26 February 2017

Lowry's Jane Eyre quite at home

Manchester actress Nadia Clifford takes the central role of Jane Eyre when Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece comes to the Lowry.

David Upton, 26 February 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday February 26.

David Upton, 26 February 2017