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Review: Cilla the musical at Manchester Palace Theatre

Much like Cilla's career, the start of her musical at Manchester's Palace started with a slight technical hitch but it did little to dampen the brilliance of what followed.

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Joe McElderry in Joseph

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Camp as a row of tents, cheesy as a bag of Wotsits, and as religiously irreverent as you get..
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Review: The Band at Manchester Opera House (Take That musical)

You know that feeling when a song captures a moment so vividly it is like the lyrics were written just for you?
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Dave Spikey is at the Lowther Pavilion next month

Comedy crossroads kept Dave on track

If Dave Spikey takes to the stage at Lowther Pavilion next week brandishing a Blackpool Gazette, don’t be surprised.

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David Walker (dad), Sally Bankes (mum), Taj Atwal (Rita). Photo: Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

We’re treated to a brilliant opening, and a taste of what’s to come, as the Eighties soundtrack is used to great effect to initiate scene changes.
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The stage adaptation is based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen

Joe Pasquale to play Frank Spencer in stage version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Comedian Joe Pasquale will play accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first ever stage production of 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

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Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Dirty Dancing at The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Theatre Review: Dirty Dancing at The Palace, Manchester

Before this week the phrase “nobody puts Baby in the corner” meant nothing to me.
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David Birrell - Photo: Ian Tilton

Talking Heads at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

No-one can tell a story quite like Alan Bennett, as fans of his Talking Heads will readily testify. Here we have a threesome as delightful as they are poignant, as comic as they are tragic.

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Louise Jameson, Janet Henfrey, Souad Faress, Susan Twist and Denise Black. Photo: Richard Davenport

Winter Hill at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

As Shakespeare might have said, now is the Winter Hill of our discontent.

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Alistair Higgins and the cast of Dreamboats And Petticoats, heading to Blackpool Opera House this week

Musical marathon is a dream tour to play

For 10 years, baby boomers have been reliving their youth through the CDs celebrating the music of the 50s and 60s.
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Colin Connor, Natasha Davidson and Susan Twist. Photo: Richard Davenport

Theatre review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

The tenant of Wildfell Hall is a woman of mystery; a woman with secrets. And it is difficult to say much more than that without spoiling it for you.

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Educating Rita. Photo: Richard Davenport

Educating Rita at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

It takes writing and acting of the highest calibre to sustain a play that has only two players.

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The cast of Horrible Histories. Photo by Ian Tilton.

Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas Show, The Lowry, Salford

What a cracking show this is! Educational, but hilariously funny too and one not to miss before the festive season grinds to a halt at the beginning of January.

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We have four tickets to give away

Win tickets to see Horrible Histories at The Lowry, Manchester.

Celebrate Christmas with a smattering of Horrible Histories at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester.

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Craig Harrison

Michael Jackson tribute provides Viva thriller

One of the world’s most well-respected and talked about Michael Jackson tribute acts will be moonwalking his way to Viva this Thursday, for a stunning tribute to the King of Pop.

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Aida and Radames

Ellen Kent delivers a Verdi good opera

I first fell under the spell of Verdi’s Aida in Verona in a Roman amphitheatre.

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Chris Connor performs as Elvis

‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is coming to Lowther Pavilion

The Elvis tribute who was voted as ‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is playing two nights at Lowther Pavilion, this weekend.

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Flo Wilson, Trevor Michael Georges and Barbara Drennan. Photo: Richard Davenport

To Kill A Mockingbird at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

The Mockingbird does nothing but sing, we are told.

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The Dad Joke formula

Top 10 best/worst dad jokes

Ever wondered what makes a good or bad Dad joke? Ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday scientists have constructed the ultimate Dad joke formula and compiled this list of the 10 best/worst Dad jokes.

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