Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Musical Marvels’ was performed at the Lowry on a dreary Bank Holiday weekend. Whilst I was aware of the wide demographic that this hilarious modelling clay duo entice, I was not at all surprised to see many children. Very many children! I was also a little unsure and intrigued how the orchestral aspect would appeal to them and also how a much loved film would work with live music.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened in London on the 25th November 1952 after a brief national tour and the London production is now heading for its 67th anniversary. While London audiences can still see the play, it is now out on tour again bringing Christie's twisted tale to the regional audience.

The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about love, passion and the inevitable ensuing tragedy, set in the decadent 1920s: tonight performed by Northern Ballet who produced a wonderful, luxurious feast for the eyes.  

The story is about the love affair between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, his first true love who he thought was lost to him.

Northern Broadsides – a Yorkshire based theatre company and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, have partnered to produce a new production of this much-loved classic. Both companies work extensively to produce work that stimulates community and youth involvement.   Interestingly, North Broadside have created an App whose digital resource creates a new exciting environment to encourage children to engage in classical text - ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and the children’s version ‘A Muddle in Messina’ help to break down the Shakespearean language and offer a modern fun way for children to interact and study the play.

We all remember the 1983 film; Educating Rita starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine - but this for me has just been blown out of the water by its latest stage reboot starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson.

It is a rare experience these days to see a production outside London of The Phantom of the Opera, so I was thrilled to see it on Pendleton College’s season of shows this year. Regarded as one of the best performing arts colleges in the area this group of talented cast and crew have provided a high quality professional production.

You probably would not expect to hear Anarchy in the UK (or should that be Anarchy in the Ukulele) played on a group of Ukuleles. Nor would you think that Highway to Hell would be brought to life by an instrument that is not known to the most hard hitting or trendy.

Ned Bennett directs a vital new production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, brought to the Lowry by English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. Zubin Varla plays Martin Dysart, a child psychiatrist who is starting to question the real value of his work, when local magistrate Hesther Salomon (Ruth Lass) asks him to treat a young man, Alan Strang (Ethan Kai), who has committed a bizarre and violent crime.

Judy (Katherine Parkinson) and Johnny (Jo Stone-Fewings) adore the 1950's. Along with their friends Fran (Siubhan Harrison) and Marcus (Hywel Morgan), they decorate their houses, dress in the clothes and exclusively listen to the music from the decade, Judy even transfers the milk from plastic bottles into glass ones before placing in her refrigerator.

One of the best fringe theatre companies around, Vertigo Theatre Productions, are back with their latest production, revisiting their 2011 hit Die, Mommie, Die! by Charles Busch. First produced by the company in 2011, they have brought it back, bigger and better than before, with Dale Vicker reprising his characterisation of Angela Arden - the role written by Charles Busch for himself.

Jim Cartwright’s play ‘Two’ is pretty much what it says on the tin - two actors playing a host of different characters. The play has become a staple for actors in training as it gives them a variety of characters to play.