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REVIEW: Tosca, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:18:26 +0100

TOSCA, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Emma Hatton shines as Evita at The Lowry

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:02:50 +0000

I ALWAYS have the impression that a musical theatre production on tour must be a miniature version of the West End original.

Stars in the running for theatre awards

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:34:24 +0000

LOCAL societies have been put forward for awards in the region’s Golden Globes of the amateur dramatic world. Winners in the annual Association of Community Theatre awards will be decided at a glittering dinner at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham on Saturday.

LIVE REVIEW: Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman @Burnley Mechanics

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:55:53 +0100

WHEN an evening's entertainment includes songs about reclusive Mexican doll collectors, murderous Norwegian forest dwellers and a deaf whale you know you are on to a winner.

REVIEW: The Shires - King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:26:42 +0100

DARLINGS of Radio 2, The Shires, turned a dull midweek night into a feelgood party.

REVIEW: The Rezillos and Ed Tenpole Tudor, Clitheroe Grand

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:56:05 +0000

IF anyone ever doubted that rock and roll had lost its sense of fun, then a visit to the Grand would have made you a believer again.

Top Hat - Manchester Opera House

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:58:41 +0000

TOP Hat landed at Manchester’s Opera House promising to bring ‘the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ to its stage.

Drama club’s play is keeping abreast of the times

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:04:20 +0000

IT may not be politically correct by today's standards, but Allan Bennett's Habeas Corpus, being performed by Blackburn Drama Club from tomorrow night, is still as hilarious today as it ever was.

No flies on the Rats in this performance

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:01:55 +0000

RIBCHESTER Amateur Theatre Society's production of A Fly In The Ointment at the Village Hall was a stunning success.

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:15:20 +0100

NO matter how old you are, there is something about Disney that brings out the magic of childhood.

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Station, Cherry Tree

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:20:19 +0100

APOLOGIES for a start if you have gone out today and paid your hard earned 65p to just read the fine missives from our master of all things real ale and public house Mark Briggs.

Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:26:18 +0100

DUSTY, Petula and Lulu were the faces – and more importantly – the voices of the 60s.

Avenue Q, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Wed, 28 May 2014 16:40:13 +0100

WAKING up the morning after seeing Avenue Q at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, to the news that a third of Britons admit being racially prejudiced was kind of perfect.

Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:25:03 +0100

IN the late 1980s, I wasn’t fussy about Jason Donovan’s vocal prowess, bopping along to his heyday chart hits.

REVIEW: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:30:00 +0000

THE witch hunt exhibited in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, penned in the 1950s, may date back to the 1600s, but the play’s themes echo on in modern society.

Breaking the Code: Thwaites Empire Theatre, Ewood Blackburn Drama Club

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:21:26 +0000

Any dramatic depiction of the life of the genius of mathematician, scientist, inventor Alan Turing is going to need determination.

Review: The Tyburn Tree - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:58:17 +0000

THERE can’t be many artists who can get away with singing London Bridge is Falling Down while dressed as a priest and wearing a bejewelled crucifix being accompanied by a man playing a child’s toy piano.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:35:42 +0000

UNDER grey winter’s skies, the sunny and oh-so funny new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels put a spring in the step of a packed Opera House audience.

Blackburn Arts Club break away from the norm with Broken Glass, by Arthur Miller

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:27:29 +0000

AS Holocaust Memorial Day was marked on Sunday, Blackburn Arts Club moved into the latter stages of rehearsal for their next production.

Review: Tonight’s The Night, Palace Theatre, Manchester, until Saturday

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:46:37 +0000

I’VE said it before and - as there seems to be no sign of their popularity waiving - I have no doubt I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of juke box musicals, as a concept.

Review: ALADDIN, Colne Muni

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:09:01 +0000

ON Monday, the search begins for the cream of musical talent in East Lancashire.

Review: Peter Pan Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:21:14 +0000

IT'S not often you root for the bad guy, especially in children's favourite Peter Pan.

Review: Aladdin, Thwaites Empire Theatre

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:42:53 +0000

A GOOD panto has become an unmissable part of my Christmas celebrations.

Review: The Wonderul Wizard of Oz, Darwen Library Theatre

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:07:03 +0000

SOMEWHERE over the grey clouds and just off the A666 is a wonderful world of Christmas magic.

Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:43:52 +0000

LAUGHTER was in the air at Manchester’s magical panto with a fantastic line-up and glittering set.

Review: Blood Brothers, Darwen Library Theatre

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:29:04 +0000

THE majority of us know a tale which focuses on a working class single mother who has had one child too many.

'A magical slick, smart staging of a modern musical' - The Witches of Eastwick at Burnley Mechanics

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:59:51 +0000

I’M detecting a trend here: The last two musicals I’ve seen have been about the power of female friendships and the strength of that bond to overcome pretty much anything.

Review: Stiff Little Fingers, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:16:22 +0000

AS a second plastic pint glass sails through the crowd and the gentleman in front of me hits the deck for the second time in as many songs, it’s fair to say a lot of people are re-living their youth at King George’s Hall this Sunday evening.

Review: Snow White, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:51:42 +0000

Who is the fairest one of all?

Review: Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball, Darwen Library Theatre

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:12:40 +0100

For those of us old enough to remember Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball were the genuine X-Factor of Saturday nights.

Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:50:14 +0100

SETTING the scene for one of cinema’s greatest triumphs, The Wizard Of Oz, the musical Wicked poses the question: Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?

Review: Cabaret, Opera House, Manchester

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:06:14 +0100

RUFUS Norris’s Cabaret takes you instantly back and Welcomes you to a time when life in Berlin was ‘beautiful’.

Poetry comedy performance comes to Blackburn

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:14:27 +0100

A POETRY comedy performance which wowed at the Glastonbury Festival is coming to Blackburn.

Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society announces new bill

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:15:57 +0100

CHORLEY Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society has announced its new season’s bill.

Review: The Copper Jar, Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 17:05:41 +0100

WHEN your original review of a work sent its writer back to the drawing board, it’s a daunting prospect to watch the revamped version.

REVIEW: Swan Lake by the English Youth Ballet, Charter Theatre, Preston

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:17:11 +0100

What a joy to see so many young dancers showing off their talents on stage at the Charter Theatre.

Review: Burnley Light Opera Society

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:30:00 +0000

MEMBERS of Burnley Light Opera Society certainly weren’t lying when they promised Broadway Lights, West End Nights for their spring revue.

Kes : Chorley Little Theatre

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:49:04 +0000

Bringing Kes, the tale of working class strife and failing education to the stage is no easy challenge, especially as Ken Loach’s 1969 film adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel is widely regarded as a British cultural classic.

Review: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Manchester Opera House

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:58:53 +0000

THROW together drag queens, disco pop classics, country hicks and an eye-popping mail order wife, and mix them in a fuschia pink paint pot... Then you’re somewhere near the glorious festival of campery that is Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Colne Muni

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:41:44 +0000

JUST when you thought the festive season was over for another year, along comes Colne’s annual pantomime to bring a warm glow to brighten up an otherwise dull winter.

Snow White's Dwarves are Lancashire lads

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:41:19 +0000

TAKE yourself to Darwen this Christmas if you want to see men in drag and a scary old witch who resembles Cruella DeVille.

The Hoff's Hook is panto magic

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:40:15 +0000

WHAT do you get if you mix a sprinkling of fairy dust, some rowdy pirates and one of the most famous TV stars in the world? Answer — the recipe for the perfect swashbuckling panto.

Review: White Christmas The Lowry, Salford Quays

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:52:51 +0000

HAVING put the tree and trimmings up at home and done a spot of Christmas shopping, I thought my festive fervour was reaching its peak.

Review: The Lion King Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:51:12 +0000

THE Lion King musical certainly lived up to its expectations – and beyond.

Review: Jack and the beanstalk, Charter Theatre, Preston

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:34:09 +0000

FE, Fi, Fo, Fum — come and see this panto packed with fun.

Review: Arabian Nights, The Lowry, Salford

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:32:48 +0000

MAGICAL” is what my eldest daughter said. “Flabbergasting” was my youngest’s verdict. I agree — Arabian Nights by Manchester Library Theatre Company is an outstanding production with a fantastic cast which makes for an amazing family night out.

Review: Rats’ Tales, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:36:54 +0000

BE afraid, be very afraid.

Review: Copacabana, Burnley Mechanics

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:38:22 +0000

There's music and passion, sequins and feathers galore in Burnley Light Opera Society's latest production.

Review: The Hairy Bikers, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:06:02 +0000

OVER the years the Hairy Bikers have built up a huge following with their irreverant cookery/travel shows.

Review: Alan Davies, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:49:04 +0100

ALAN Davies returned to his roots with a visit to Blackburn as part of his first stand-up show since 1999.