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The Entertainer – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Sean O’Connor Writer: John Osborne Reviewer: Andrea Allen Performed to rave reviews on its opening night in 1957, Sean O’Connor’s 21st Century revival of ‘angry young man’ John Osborne’s play, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to the same acclaim. In the correct hands, The Entertainer might be a timely choice for 2019, a year marred with political uncertainty, economic turbulence ...

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Club Tropicana – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors: Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer: Helen Jones The Eighties were all about big hair, big shoulders and living life to the full. The austerity of the Seventies was left behind and the young were out to make their mark on the world. Club Tropicanaattempts to capture the hedonistic glitz of the mid to late part ...

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The House on Cold Hill – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Frances Scott Plunging all their money into a rundown 1750s manor in Sussex, the Harcourt family have packed up their city life and relocated for a chance at country living. Freelance web designer, Ollie (Joe McFadden, Heartbeat and Holby City), his high-powered solicitor wife, Caro (Rita Simons, EastEnders) and their sixteen-year-old ...

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Annie – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Direct from London’s West End, Annie– the much-loved tale of a red-headed orphan whose hard knock life is turned around in a twist of good fate – has officially opened as a touring production in Manchester. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this musical is anything ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – The Opera House Manchester

Writers: Ian Rankin and Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Ian Rankin has treated theatre audiences to a brand new outing for his much loved woebegone detective John Rebus (Charles Lawson). Now retired from the force; this new piece picks up an even more morose, shuffling older figure of a man now with more time on his hands to ...

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English National Ballet: Manon – Opera House, Manchester

Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Renowned for its dedicated ensembles, magnificent costumes and stunning storytelling, the ballet is a difficult art form for any company to be recognised as the leading light. Yet, the English National Ballet could well be doing just that, with their magnificent interpretation of the classic tale Manon– currently showing at the Opera House in ...

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Rock of Ages – Opera House, Manchester.

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director/Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sam Lowe Are you ready to rock? The audience at Manchester Opera House are, as this smash hit musical returns to the UK. Shaking the foundations of every theatre it lands in with it’s “turned up to the max” music. Rock of Ages is an LA love story set to over 25 classic rock ...

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David Walliams’ Awful Auntie – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor/Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Sam Lowe David Walliams has become an established writer of children’s literature; he has written 14 books. Global sales of his books exceed over 20 million copies. Prior to this performance, Walliams’ book Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company. Now it’s time for Awful Auntie to be theatricalised. ...

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