Rocky Horror Show – Palace Theatre

A testament to the popularity of Richard O'Brien's cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show, nearly fifty years after its release, are the fans of all ages lined up outside the Palace Theatre on a freezing, foggy winter's night. Looking around the theatre, there are plenty of people dressed as Magenta, wearing maid costumes, and... Continue Reading →

School of Rock – Palace Theatre

Based on the 2003 film, School of Rock has been adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and has just embarked on an extensive UK Tour, finishing in August 2022. It is a musical that follows the exploits of wannabe rock star, Dewie Finn (Alex Tomkins). When slacker Dewie gets fired from his job... Continue Reading →

Aladdin – Oldham Coliseum

When an army of panto dames marched on Westminster last Christmas, they helped highlight the importance of pantomimes to the theatre economy. Pantos are often deemed the theatre industry's lifeline, making more money than most other shows and helping to keep a venue going for the next year. Equally as vital, they serve as an... 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 →

Toxic – Altrincham Garrick (GM Fringe 2021)

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. With high profile celebrities like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles openly discussing their struggles with mental health, it feels like there's been a shift towards these conversations becoming more common-place. It's OK not to be OK. However, toxic masculinity still pervades society, leading men to bottle... Continue Reading →

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