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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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Joy Winkler, whose father is from Wigan, credits her family background as the basis for her latest stage play

Joy’s play on Wigan words

A new play with Wigan links is set to tour Lancashire next month with a big-name cast and crew.

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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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Spamalot is coming to Blackpool

Hit musical Spamalot heading to Blackpool

Hit Monty Python musical Spamalot is heading to Blackpool next year, ahead of a major UK tour.

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Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Theatre review: Dreamboats and petticoats at Manchester Palace Theatre

It was cold, it was dark, and I needed cheering up on a Monday evening. So what better than a song and dance?

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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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Danny Mac and Carley Stenson

Carley and Dan in Sleepless premiere

An acclaimed Wigan actress and her Strictly finalist other half are teaming up for a major show together.

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Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

New to Manchester and on its first UK tour, the full production of Billy Elliot has arrived at the Palace Theatre and if you haven’t seen it before, you must.

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The cast of Much Ado About Nothing

Bard’s wit shines through in Much Ado

Review: Much ado about nothing at Manchester Opera House

Nicola Adam

It would be easy to assume that sitting down for an evening of Shakespeare, provided by the impossibly British and established RSC, would be an entirely serious affair dominated by brooding soliloquys and dashing over-wrought drama - this is anything but.

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Cinderella at The Bolton Octagon

Theatre review: Cinderella at Bolton Octagon

It’s nearly Christmas so time for fairy tale offerings from theatres across the land - many fairly predictable and some just a little bit different.

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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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Sister Act

REVIEW: Sister Act at Manchester Palace Theatre

It is never a good start for any performance when ‘technical difficulties’ delay the start, particularly for half an hour in a particularly humid, packed theatre on an August Bank holiday Monday night.

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Sunny Afternoon tour. The Kinks musical

Review: Sunny Afternoon at Manchester Opera House

It was only appropriate that I rocked up to Manchester’s Opera House on a classic English sunny afternoon, the city almost horizontal in the longed-for heat.

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