Selladoor Productions new adaptation of Steinbeck’s most notable work was greeted by a healthy audience at its opening night at the Opera House in Manchester including a lot of younger faces. This may be because of its school syllabus popularity; I doubt there are many English students who have not spent time wondering how many metaphors Steinbeck could possibly cram into one book.
Dyad Productions founded in 2009 by Rebecca Vaughan (Creative Producer) and Elton Townend Jones (Director/Writer), presented this show this evening based on the H G Wells novel. Elton wrote the play in 2016/17, taking the original and re-creating it for the stage. He kept the thrust of Wells original but attempted to update the questions raised by Wells and bring it more into the 21st century.
Spring was definitely in the air in central Manchester this evening, and the light evening and warm air felt like the perfect backdrop for the arrival of 'Hairspray' at the Opera House for a two week run over the Easter period. This cult 1988 John Waters movie was turned into a Tony award winning Broadway sensation in 2002, and has been delighting audiences with its catchy tunes and upbeat message ever since.
This evening I have been totally overwhelmed with emotion as Cameron Mackintosh presents Miss Saigon, a musical by lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, based upon Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly, performed at The Palace Theatre, Manchester.
In a clearing of an old England forest, a scene of debauchery and indulgence unravels throughout St. George’s Day – the day of the annual Flintock fair. A rusty grey caravan is surrounded by broken furniture, hoards of empty bottles and homemade flags and banners. This is the single set of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem, staged brilliantly this week at the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse.
If you cast your mind back to the year 2000 you may remember a TV series about a group of women in a slimming club struggling to lose weight. Fast forward 18 years and the show’s creator; Kay Mellor has brought the ITV drama to the stage, keeping all the characters from the TV series.
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