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Nativity – Palace Theatre, Manchester

A man in the foreground reads a letter as children on a bunk bed watch

Lyrics and Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Writer/Director: Debbie Isitt Reviewer” Matthew Forrest It is my firm belief that celebrating Christmas should be kept to December:  we seem to be beginning our festivities earlier and earlier each year, however in honour of the arrival of Nativity, to the Palace Theatre Manchester I’m prepared to make an exception because if ...

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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tate James “The address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard” When starving writer, Joe Gillis, pulled his car into the driveway of a forgotten mansion on Sunset Boulevard, he had no idea he would end up tangled in the demise of a former silent movie star. ...

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Sister Act the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Tate James Beneath the arches of Matthew Wright’s simplistic gothic church set, Alexandra Burke leads a company of actor-musicians in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Sister Act The Musical. It's an iconic movie brought to the stage with an original score by Alan ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori Book: Richard Morris Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Helen Jones Thoroughly Modern Millie was originally written as a film vehicle for Julie Andrews and finally turned into a stage musical in 2002. It is 1922. Millie Dillmount is a girl from small town Kansas. She arrives in ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre, Manchester

brian gilligan and cast the commitments theatre royal glasgow

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   Roddy Doyle has completed a hat trick with The Commitments. The original best-selling novella became a blockbuster film success and later transitioned into a West End theatre sensation. It reaches Manchester’s Palace Theatre half-way through a national tour with sell-out audiences along the way. He must have got something right. ...

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s safe to say that Grease is one of the most globally recognised and successful musicals of all time. Since its opening on Broadway in 1971, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed astounding success on Broadway and London’s West End, has toured throughout the world and ...

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