Theatre review: Hairspray

REVIEW: Hairspray (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast Mon 30 Oct-Sat 4 Nov, 2017 Despite highlighting serious issues such as prejudice and intolerance, this show remains a popular, light-hearted and fun night of musical theatre and this latest touring production – courtesy of Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale and Laurence Myers – certainly kept it in this […]

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast – Tue 24-Sat 28 Oct Reviewed by Damien Murray on Tue 24 October **** The major appeal of this extremely popular biographical musical is that its subject, Carole King, really is a cross-generational artist, performer, singer, songwriter … and her eventful – but […]

REVIEW: Monty Python’s Spamalot by Ulster Operatic Company

Making his directorial debut both with this company and at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this week, Neil Keery had a challenge every bit as difficult as King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail … because this irreverent parody of Arthur’s famous legend and unconventional send-up of musical theatre itself is like nothing else in […]

Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre

Belfast’s Grand Opera House voted Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre As part of the UK Theatre Awards 2017 Belfast’s Grand Opera House has been voted Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre. The awards, hosted by UK Theatre in association with Smooth Radio, is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre. The Northern Ireland title […]

Theatre review: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical

From raw emotion to religious devotion and from high comedy to the woeful lows of the McCourt family’s daily existence, this unlikely musical version of the acclaimed novel has it all. Many doubters, and true fans of either the acclaimed book or film, would argue that such a transformation of the piece should not work, […]

Theatre review: Oliver!

Like the leading character in Lionel Bart's family musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist, we were all left wanting ‘more’ after watching this heavily populated, fast-paced, well-dressed and busy production, featuring over 230 young local talents (aged 9-18) in the seventh year of this acclaimed summer scheme. This slick and seamless production […]

WIN tickets to Angela’s Ashes – competition now closed

Angela’s Ashes – The Musical Tue 01 Aug – Sat 05 Aug 2017 This major new musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s worldwide best-selling memoir is an uplifting story of hope, fortitude and family. The Pulitzer Prize winning book comes to life on stage in this World Premiere production at the Grand Opera House. Featuring unforgettable […]

Review: Sunday Night At The Musicals

For many years, the Northern Region of the Association of Irish Musical Societies successfully staged an annual concert-style event, Cavalcade of Song, in the Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s programme. In recent years, both events disappeared and the collective membership of the region has had no such platform for its […]

7 things to expect at The Grand Opera House Family Festival 

The Grand Opera House has announced details of its first ever Family Festival which runs from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 July 2017.   The fun-filled Festival is packed with a range of activities guaranteed to entertain, engage, educate and inspire all ages.  What to expect:  Daily guided tours tell the colourful history of Northern […]

Review: Swan Lake at The Grand Opera House

  Birmingham Royal Ballet never fail to entertain and Swan Lake is no exception. Ballet is such an inclusive art form, the movement, the music, the set, the costume, the lights, all go to a night of wonder. These young dancers work hard, I know that because I spent two days with them in Birmingham two […]

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I had never heard of this play, never read the book but someone said to me last week, ‘it’s amazing.’ They were right. To begin with the set. Three walls from floor to ceiling, like black graph paper and you’d never know there were doors set into these walls, cupboards and hundreds of lights. Technically […]

Review: The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech Grand Opera House until Saturday 25th April 2015 We had the great pleasure of welcoming playwright David Seidler to the Grand Opera House on Tuesday to join the audience on the opening night of his play The King’s Speech. Talking to him before the curtain up was fascinating, between taking calls from […]