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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Yank! continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 8 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When Joseph and David Zellnik penned Yank! it was something of a labour of love, combining their passion for the musical theatre of the 1940s and 50s with their interest in Second World War history, […]

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Yank! at the Hope Mill Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the international premiere of Off-Broadway musical and Second World War love story Yank! in Manchester next month. The first production in the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment will run from 9 March to 8 April. Leading the cast are Scott […]

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Parade – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Parade continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 5 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Dubbed ‘the ultimate feel-bad musical’ when it opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1998, this unflinching depiction of injustice and intolerance in America’s Deep South in the early 20th century has gained a growing reputation over the last few […]

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Kings Arms, Salford

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues at the Kings Arms, Salford until 29 April. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ The premise of Jim Cartwright’s 1992 bitter-sweet comedy drama – a play with songs rather than a true musical – alone makes it a strong contender for a modern northern classic. And the love its main character […]

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The Last Five Years – Kings Arms, Salford

The Last Five Years continues at the Kings Arms, Salford until 13 April. This Sondheim-esque song cycle, first staged in Chicago in 2001 and revived several times in cities across the globe since, makes great use of the Kings Arms’ bijou performance space. In fact, director James Baker’s staging of The Last Five Years is so intimate that as […]

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