Jersey Boys the smash hit musical is making its way around the UK and tonight it's The Palace Theatre in Manchester. Opening with a set that looks like the back streets of New Jersey, all metal grills and staircases by designer Klara Zieglerova and a bounding street dance routine, called Ces Soirees that looks more present day with a French rap star and backup group, which was a little confusing.

In a small town in Yorkshire, a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. Handsome Arthur, having little (or no) money, is a young, compulsive, good for nothing gambler who is deceitful through and through and he plays Rose for as much money as she can take from Fuller, a much older, trusting, thoughtful, kind man, but is everything all that it really seems..

One thing you can say about Jim Cartwright is he is not a sentential writer and all too happy to shine an unblinking spotlight on working class life.

In many ways Cartwright’s work is now more about the ever expanding underclass rather than the traditional working class of mill towns like Bolton, and monstrous mother Mari is one of his great creations.

Everyone knows the classic Hollywood blockbuster starring John Travolta. But how does Saturday Night Fever fair when it makes the transition to stage?

It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since that iconic white suit with black shirt combination hit our screens.

The thrilling stage play; A Murder has been arranged by Emlyn Williams was first performed at the Royal Strand Theatre in London in 1930, since then it has gone on to become a modern classic and is currently playing at the Garrick Playhouse in Altrincham.

A Monday night at Home in Manchester and a script in hand reading. A reading gives the writer a chance to try out the material on an audience to gauge the reaction to the work, to see what adjustments can be made before including the physical theatre into the mix.

The audience is welcomed to the ‘Living History Museum of Hearts and Minds’ via an eerie video introduction recording that gave me the same uncomfortable feeling as watching an episode of Black Mirror. Set in the not too distant future, Cuts of the Cloth explores the very real state of Islamaphobia via the experiences of writer and sole performer Hafsah Aneela Bashir.

Lisa-Marie Hoctor and Samantha Edwards enter the stage in fabulous oversized chicken costumes and do a dance routine to Scissor Sisters track ‘Filthy Gorgeous’. I’m already hooked.

This is a show about life and death but more importantly love. It is a love story between a daughter and her father.

Fram & Dunt are father and daughter Joe and Francesca Hyde. Francesca (aka Fram) has enticed 60-year-old father Joe (aka Dunt) away from a career in IT so he can learn circus skills instead. It is an offer that Dunt readily accepts.

“Sassy, Sexy and Sensational”

Since the original show was spawned in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs), London The Rocky Horror Show has gained generations of theatre-goers who have been seduced by its mix of horror-comedy and science-fiction script, backed with some iconic songs such as ‘The Time Warp’ whilst dressed up in glam-rock, glittering corsets and eye-catching lingerie has become an institution that encourages glamour, silliness and having a damn good time.