Last night my good friend Louise, a seasoned theatre pro on stage, and obsessive fan off stage, checked out the Sister Act UK Tour 2022 at the Palace Theatre Manchester and the verdict is it was Fabulous Baby!!! Wow, what a performance from a very strong star studded cast.
Review, Sister Act Manchester 2022
What Is Sister Act About?
The moment Sandra Marvin enters the stage the energy of her character Deloris begins. Sister Act tells
the story of a young woman with a dream to be a showgirl and have her name up in lights; instead her dreams are shattered when she is hidden and protected in a convent after witnessing a murder committed by her married lover Curtis. She is then torn between stardom or sticking with the ‘sisters by her side’.
Jennifer Saunders is a true star, she leads the nuns in her role of Mother Superior and displays her wealth of experience from the tiniest expression to the biggest blessing.
Her harsh exterior is contrasted against the sweet nature of timid Sister Mary Robert played beautifully by Lizzie Bea. By the time you hear Lizzie sing ‘The life I never led’ you know Sister Mary Robert has grown in confidence.
Keala Settle is most famously known for her role in The Greatest Showman but her portrayal of Sister Mary Patrick is certainly hard to beat. After recently seeing Keala perform a very different role in the West End I truly believe she can play any role she’s asked to.
Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather) is a rapping sister and she adds natural humour and hip-movements in the role of Sister Mary Lazarus. I think we have Strictly Come Dancing and Anton du Beke to thank for that!!
The Male Mob is headed by Curtis (Jeremy Secomb) who is intent on ‘Finding his baby’ (Deloris) and is strongly supported by Monsignor, Pablo and Joey (Graham MacDuff, Damian Buhagiar and Tom Hopcroft) who all flash their individuality through their acting and dance ability.
Smooth Steady Eddie (Clive Rowe) threw out all the right moves to gain inner strength to finally declare his true feelings.
A big shout out to the production team who have taken the energy of the film and ramped it up a couple of notches, through the spectacular lighting, scenery and sound.
By the end of the night the electric atmosphere within the audience was obvious, and the whole performance would force anyone to ‘Raise their Voice’
Would We Recommend The Show?
If you’re lucky enough to grab a ticket before Sister Act leaves the city, then please do! You’ll be in for a night of laughter and Joy.
Where Can I see Sister Act?
You can see Sister Act at the Palace Theatre Manchester Until Sat 9 Jul 2022 and following that
- King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 14 Nov – Sat 19 Nov 2022
- Milton Keynes Theatre, Mon 21 Nov – Sat 26 Nov 2022
- New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Mon 20 Feb – Sat 25 Feb 2023
- Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Mon 6 Mar – Sat 18 Mar 2023
- Liverpool Empire, Mon 15 May – Sat 20 May 2023
- New Theatre Oxford, Mon 26 Jun – Sat 1 Jul 2023
- Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, Mon 25 Sep – Sat 30 Sep 2023
Please note we were offered the tickets in return for an honest review, and you can’t argue with incredible talent and a fantastic, hilarious, feel good production and thanks to Louise for a wonderful review. Check out more theatre reviews here.