Linthwaite in the Lakes

Linthwaite Hotel I love the Lake District. Even though it always rains harder than anywhere else on earth, the hills and dales of the Lakes…

Caribbean notes in balmy St Lucia

  Sit down. Close your eyes. And picture the scene. The air is warm, a light breeze is blowing and a brief, barely there, shower is…

Review: The Producers, Palace Theatre, Manchester

You know there is something special afoot when a theatre audience is as chock-full of celebrities as the stage in front of you. Of course,…

Review: Dial M for Murder, The Opera House, …

  In these days of intensely complicated sets, multi-million pound gimmicks and ingenious stage management it is refreshing to attend a play that is just…

Review: The Greatest English Detective Club by Forest …

The Greatest English Detective Club is an unusual concept – a very British children’s novel by an American author with obvious passion for England and…

Theatre review: Thriller Live, Manchester Opera House

  When music legend Michael Jackson died, aged 50, Thriller Live was playing at the Opera House, Manchester. That was June 2009 and now almost…

Review: A Christmas Carol at The Dukes, Lancaster

  Anybody who has actually read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will know it is a complicated parcel to unwrap for a festive audience, laden…