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Rock of Ages UK Tour Credit Richard Davenport

Rock of Ages

How did Hollywood’s Alec Baldwin find himself in the same casting bracket as Coronation Street’s Curly Watts? It’s a question those who’ve seen the 2012 movie Rock of Ages might well ask on seeing the cast list for the stage musical’s UK tour. It’s...

LtoR Jayne McKenna as Zoe, Rachel Lumberg as Rachel, Emily Joyce as Heather & Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, with Five To Five as The Band in The Band. Credit Matt Crockett

The Band

The music of The Band needs no introduction – covering three decades of Take That hits, each one instantly recognisable. Neither do its young stars, the winners of TV talent show Let It Shine. So far, so predictable. Then Gary Barlow throws a curved...


For theatres, the Christmas show is often the biggest of the year. And in Greater Manchester the Opera House pantomime is the biggest of them all. Recent years have seen mega-stars, like Priscilla Presley and David Hasselhoff on the bill. But...

Their true selves Janet Dibley and Daisy Steere Credit Pamela Raith

Jackie the Musical

In its Seventies heyday Jackie magazine sold more than a million copies every week, to teenage girls eager to learn about fashion, beauty, pop-music, life and love. Fast-forward 40 years and those same girls are asking the same questions, only they...