North West

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

Reviews

Parliament Square,

Parliament Square

James Fritz ( Royal Exchange Theatre and Bush Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Twelve, Yuris Nórido

Debut

(Acosta Danza at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

David Birrell, Anna Wheatley, Robert Jackson, Richard Davenport

The Threepenny Opera

Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, music by Kurt Weill, English dialogue by Robert David MacDonald, English Lyrics by Jeremy Sams (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre Bolton).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide, Jason Bell

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Kenneth MacmIllan (choreography)/ August Bournonville (original choreography) (English National Ballet / Royal Danish Theatre at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Days of Wine and Roses,

Days of Wine and Roses

Owen McCafferty (from J P Miller's original screenplay) (Elysium TC at 53two, Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Anthony Hunt, Richard J Fletcher, Jeffrey Harmer, Matt Connor, Reece Richardson, Joel C Fildes

Up 'n' Under

John Godber (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

David Ahmad as Amir and the cast of The Kite Runner, Betty Laura Zapata

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini, adapted for stage by Mathew Spangler (Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

The cast of People, Places & Things, Johan Persson

People, Places & Things

Duncan Macmillan (Headlong, National Theatre, HOME, Exeter Northcott Theatre at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Cabaret From The Shadows, Andrew Ness Photography

Cabaret from the Shadows

Cabaret from the Shadows (Teatro Pomodoro at Unity Theatre, Liverpool).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bill Cooper

Aladdin

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

Patrick Elue as George Gibbs and Norah Lopez Holden as Emily Webb, Stephen King

Our Town

Thornton Wilder (Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Lauryn Redding, Reece Richardson, Anthony Hunt and Richard J Fletcher, Joel C Fildes

Oh What A Lovely War

Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

James Atherton (Bob), Taj Atwal (Rita) and Gemma Dobson (Sue), Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Andrea Dunbar (Octagon Theatre Bolton, Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Derren Brown: Underground,

Derren Brown: Underground

Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor & Derren Brown (Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler presentation for Vaudeville Productions Ltd at Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

News

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday October 15.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

Fogg tours Around the World to Salford

The New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days comes to The Lowry this Christmas.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

Elf comes to Salford

Full casting has been confirmed for Elf: The Musical which heads to The Lowry, Salford.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

Secret Garden in Keswick

Classic children’s book The Secret Garden is given a new lease of life in a stage adaptation by playwright Jessica Swale at Theatre by the Lake.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

Duffield brings Scrooge home to Bolton

The adaptation of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by Bolton’s Neil Duffield is set to bring festive fun to his home town’s Octagon Theatre.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

McPherson's Weir comes to Oldham

English Touring Theatre’s production of The Weir tours to Oldham Coliseum from Tuesday October 24 to 28—just in time for Halloween.

David Upton, 15 October 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday October 8.

David Upton, 08 October 2017

Unkindest cuts in one-woman work

In her new show This is Not a Safe Space, amputee poet and performer Jackie Hagan asks how we can get people to sit up, listen and care about benefit cuts.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Terrorism play debut at 53two

MAP Repertory Company's first performance at 53two in Manchester is written by Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Reveal yourself to Octagon

Octagon Theatre Bolton is looking for inventive pieces of work that present, explore and respond to new technologies and a variety of media.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Digital twist on spy thriller

Digital theatre innovator imitating the dog presents Nocturnes, a multimedia twist on a '50s spy thriller at Lancaster University.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Waiting for Godot in Lancaster

A brand new production of Waiting For Godot is winging its way to The Dukes in Lancaster.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Opposites attract at Lowry

Erotic dance and science combine in a search for the laws of attraction in Superposition at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Gwen Taylor to star in Importance in Manchester

Gwen Taylor will star as Lady Bracknell in a 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, alongside Susan Penhaligon as Miss Prism.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Aladdin panto for Lancaster

A high flying production of Aladdin will entertain audiences at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Two more join Sleeping Beauty cast

St Helens pantomime Sleeping Beauty announces two new additions, Jess Pritchard and Corey Rumble, to the cast.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Sue stands down at Unity

Sue Williams will leave her role as executive director of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre at the end of 2017.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Secret is out at Storyhouse

Storyhouse in Chester has announced the cast for the world’s first ever stage adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Jennifer Ellison as Captain Hook

TV star Jennifer Ellison will lead the cast as Captain Hook when Peter Pan comes to Blackpool Opera House at Christmas.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

£600,000 fillip for Contact

Contact in Manchester has secured a £600,000 funding grant from global charitable foundation Wellcome.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Stage première of Jarman's Jubilee

Marking the 40th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s iconic film, the Royal Exchange’s world stage première of Jubilee will run from November 2 to 18.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Dukes' dementia dates

Classic film, dance and storytelling sessions are lined up for the autumn programme of Dukes events for people with dementia in Lancaster.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Play celebrates bomb victim's life

A new play #BeMoreMartyn, created to celebrate the life and the legacy of Manchester Arena bomb victim Martyn Hett, will run at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

War play's Lancaster date

The award-winning play Not About Heroes comes to The Dukes in Lancaster this month during its world tour.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Joe's Joseph on last leg of tour

Joe McElderry returns in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Strangers on a Train pulls into Manchester

Visiting Manchester Opera House from February 5 to 10, Strangers on a Train is from the team behind the successful tour of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Lowry sees start of Acosta tour

Acosta Danza, the new dance company founded by acclaimed Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, starts its UK tour at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Lizzy busy in Hedda Gabler

The full cast for the UK tour of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler features Lizzy Watts in the title role when it comes to The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday October 1.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

New board members at MIF

Manchester International Festival has announced the appointment of nine new members to its board.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Rugby comedy comes to Oldham

Oldham Coliseum is reviving John Godber’s Olivier Award-winning underdog comedy Up ’N’ Under.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Kerry Ellis at Bolton Pride

Musical theatre star Kerry Ellis will appear in a special evening of Voices & Lyrics for Bolton Pride 2017.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Nerds debut in Lancaster

The UK science comedy phenomenon Festival Of The Spoken Nerd makes its Dukes debut in Lancaster.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Fringe First Norris play comes to Preston

An award-winning Edinburgh Fringe production dealing with one of the last taboos of male health—testicular cancer—comes to Preston’s The Continental this October.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Immersive Dream returns to Liverpool in rep

Daniel Taylor Productions’ immersive production of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Martin brings Alaska to Liverpool

Writer, poet and performer Cheryl Martin is bringing her one-woman debut show Alaska to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre this autumn.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

How to blow a fortune at The Dukes

An award-winning show about one of the world’s richest men who blew it all on a weird and wonderful lifestyle comes to The Dukes in Lancaster.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Irish martyrs commemorated at Hope Mill

Straightforward Theatre marks the 150th anniversary of the public hanging of three Irishmen who came to be known as ‘The Manchester Martyrs’.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Kipling classic comes to Blackpool

A new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic The Jungle Book comes to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Nativity musical visits Manchester

Nativity! The Musical, opening at Birmingham on October 20, visits Manchester Palace Theatre as part of a UK tour.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Market theatre in Chorley

Waterloo Road actor Naveed Choudhry has joined the cast of Under The Market Roof.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday September 24.

David Upton, 24 September 2017