David Upton

North west reviewer and news reporter

A school trip to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at Manchester Library Theatre in the 60s, turned the head of a callow youth. A couple of years later, as an apprentice reporter in Altrincham, he began a love affair with theatre criticism, a passion generally undimmed by 45 years reviewing drama, dance and music around the region for evening newspapers in Stoke, Oldham, Blackpool and Preston. I see between 60 to 70 productions annually, providing previews and reviews for the Lancashire Evening Post, Wigan Evening Post and Chorley Guardian. I have also been a part-time lecturer, in critical performance analysis, for drama degree students, and an occasional broadcaster on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Latest reviews

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

Alexandra Burke in Sister Act, Tristram Kenton

Sister Act

Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner (Jamie Wilson and The Curve Leicester at Opera House, Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Julia Watson, Eliza Hunt, Ian Barritt, Matt Addis, Alice Selwyn and Emma Carter in Handbagged, Keith Pattison


Moira Buffini (Theatre by The Lake, Keswick).
Reviewer: David Upton

Izabella Urbanowicz and Richard Keightley in After the Dance, Keith Pattison

After The Dance

Terence Rattigan (Theatre by The Lake, Keswick).
Reviewer: David Upton

All aboard Rear View..., CJGriffiths Photography

Rear View

David Wheeler, Cecilia Knapp & Jemima Foxtrot (IOU at Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Gareth Cassidy as Tom Morgan in Treasure island,

Treasure Island

Debbie Oates, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster at Williamson Park, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

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

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

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