West Side Story

West Side Story

11 April 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. Sarah Frankcom's revival of Jerome Robbins' popular musical has undoubtedly captured the attention of Manchester audiences, with the show's entire run selling out before opening night. However, the production has also secured a unique place in the West Side Story 'hall of fame' by being the first major professional [...]

The Producers

The Producers

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 5 December 2018 & 3 January 2019. After the success of Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls it's no surprise to see the Royal Exchange programming in another crowd-pleasing musical as their Christmas and New Year show. Mel Brooks’ The Producers, however, might not seem the most obvious choice for [...]

Mixtape

Mixtape

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 11 & 14 April 2018. A beat. Hear it. Making music, pulsing through the body and marking time. Beats can come together to make something bigger - a song, a crowd, a symphony, a city and a show. Press START Mixtape is a collection of beats, powered by the rhythms of young [...]

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 6 & 8 December 2017. Director Michael Buffong shuffles Frank Loesser’s musical along Broadway and uptown to 135th Street. His all-black cast brings Damon Runyon's tales of gamblers, salvationists, chancers and dreamers right in to the beating heart of the Harlem Renaissance. The stage is all hustle and bustle, drugstore doorways, sharp [...]

Oh What A Lovely War

Oh What A Lovely War

Oldham Coliseum. 12 September 2017. A 'musical entertainment' from the 1960s casting a satirical eye over the First World War and done in the style of old music hall theatre could sound like a dusty museum piece of a show. However while the Great War is now a century ago, as tensions simmer in Korea [...]

Pippin

Pippin

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester. 29 August 2017. Building on its reputation as Manchester's hotbed of musical theatre Hope Mill Theatre plays host to a revival of Stephen Schwartz's 1970s musical 'Pippin'. A sort of play within a play, acted out by a wandering troupe of performers, it tells the story of a young prince (named [...]