“Guys and Dolls” is the much loved musical from the golden era, made into the 1955 film version starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.  It sets the bar high.

Tonight Manchester Musical Youth transported the audience back to that wonderful golden era and it was delightful to spend several hours there!

Imagine living in a place where dancing is illegal! Poor Reverend Moore has enforced a law that prohibits people from dancing as he has suffered his own personal tragedy.

Footloose is a classic movie from the 1980s which has been adapted for stage as musical. By the way, here’s a bit of trivia for you, the soundtrack for the movie has sold over nine million copies! The cast dance, act and sing their way through the two hour show, with more than just a few bum notes making an appearance.

No writer has shed light on the faults and foibles of the British middle class as well as Alan Ayckbourn, for over fifty years his plays have satirised their social pretensions and skewered their aspirations. He has been compared to both Chekhov and Moliere and his prodigious output has become a staple of repertory companies throughout Britain.

On a cold November evening in Manchester; the Sun, Sand and Fun of a Spanish getaway beckons with the stage adaptation of hit TV Series ‘Benidorm’ Live! performing at the Palace Theatre.

The popularity of TV programmes such as Downton Abbey show that people are fascinated about the master/servant relationship. Many of us have grandparents or great-grandparents who were in service.

I am constantly surprised by the ever increasing levels of talent treading the boards in “amateur” theatres across the UK. Yes, it has always been good, but I truly believe that the only difference today between the amateur tag and the professional one is money. This was especially evident tonight at Heywood Civic as Rochdale Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) presented the timeless RENT.

‘Two’ is a play written by Jim Cartwright, a Lancastrian writer who is famous for writing “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice” amongst many other successful plays.

The trademark Northern acidic wit and bitterness shines through loud and clear in this two-handed play.

Bradford-based radical theatre group Bent Architect brought their new production to The Partisan Collective, a co-operative social enterprise based in a splendid if dilapidated building at the end of Cheetham Hill Road in Manchester. The building’s cosy and intimate basement was the setting for Mick Martin’s play Women of Aktion.

In a whirlwind of sparkles and stilettos Kinky Boots came to Manchester!

This polished production is based upon the book written by Harvey Fierstein and the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics.

At this time of year we spend a lot of time thinking about those who lost their lives in WWI and II, and remembering with thanks, appreciation and sadness the soldiers who gave their today for our tomorrow. However, in addition to this, it’s important to think of the war veterans still with us today, many of whom are struggling physically and mentally with the after-effects of war. With this in mind, what better time than Remembrance weekend for Plaster Cast Theatre’s production of Action Man to be shown at 53Two as part of the NEWvember series.

Having originally seen a snippet of this play at the Kings Arms in Salford as part of Stigma, performance for mental health week it was more than enticing enough to make a return to see Ann Brown perform this one woman play at 53Two.