Les Misérables – The Lowry

Based on Victor Hugo's novel, the stage musical adaptation of Les Misérables has undoubtedly become a cultural phenomenon. Now entering its 37th consecutive year on the West End, it has been seen by over 120 million people across the world. It even got a major Hollywood adaptation, but the less said about that, the better...... Continue Reading →

Bedknobs and Broomsticks – The Lowry

Take a look around The Lowry on this sold-out press night and the evergreen popularity of Disney's 1971 film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, is clear to see. There are multiple generations in the audience, including many children experiencing their first live theatre production. With its catchy songs, written by the Sherman Brothers, naturally the film would... Continue Reading →

Opera North: Alcina – The Lowry

Played in its entirety, Handel's Alcina is three and a half hours long. Thankfully, Opera North have heavily edited the opera to under three hours in length. However, this doesn't make its complex plot any easier to follow. Like The Tempest, Handel's opera is set on an enchanted island. The island belongs to a sorceress, Alcina,... Continue Reading →

Opera North: Rigoletto – The Lowry

Verdi's Rigoletto features one of opera's most famous pieces of music, 'La Donna e mobile', which is recognisable the world over, even if you've never seen an opera before. Other than that, I knew relatively little about Rigoletto, as I have never watched it before, and I make a rule of never reading the programme... Continue Reading →

Opera North: Carmen (2022) – The Lowry

Bizet's Carmen is the perfect opera for beginners, because of how familiar the music is. Even those who are completely new to opera will instantly recognise this opera's iconic songs 'Habanera', 'Les Toreadors' and the 'Toreador Song'. Conducted by Antony Hermus, hearing this famous music performed by a live orchestra really is something else. After two years... Continue Reading →

Opera North: Carmen – The Lowry

The thing that instantly strikes me about Carmen is how familiar the music is, even though I have never watched this opera before. Even those who are completely new to opera will recognise Bizet's iconic songs 'Habanera', 'Les Toreadors' and the 'Toreador Song'. Under the baton of Garry Walker, hearing this famous music performed by a... Continue Reading →

What’s On in Manchester – June 2021

After the past year, it feels really nice to finally be able to write about what theatre is available to watch across Manchester, as venues are finally allowed to open their doors and allow audiences back inside their auditoriums once more. Although all theatres have to comply with the government's strict social distancing measures, it's... Continue Reading →

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