Adrian Bradley

Adrian Bradley A Jewish Dyspraxic Atheist from Northwest London, exiled to Clapham, who likes ticking boxes. Addicted to plays and musicals and a big fan of stand up comedy - will tell you about how he could have been a famous radio star if you get him drunk.



BWW Interviews: Guy Rhys On BIRD And Returning To The Royal Exchange
May 7, 2016

The 2013 Bruntwood prize has proved to be a rich seam of writing talent. The latest of that cohort looks set to keep that going when Katherine Chandler's Bird receives its world premiere at Cardiff's Sherman theatre on May 13, before heading to Manchester's Royal Exchange, the home of the Bruntwood Prize, in June.

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Manchester Palace Theatre, April 5 2016
April 6, 2016

Green Day's American Idiot had the punk rock band's fans out in force for the band's rock opera - even if the staged version of the 2004 concept album was a little less than the sum of its parts.

BWW REVIEW: KING CHARLES III, Manchester Opera House, March 7 2016
March 8, 2016

Nearly two years after its Almeida premiere,  King Charles III has lost some of its topicalality - but none of its satirical punch as it continues its national tour in Manchester.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Katherine Soper Wins Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
November 19, 2015

A perfume counter retail worker has won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with a piece of work she created for her dissertation at the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. Katherine Soper's play Wish List took the honour at a ceremony at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, Palace Theatre Manchester, October 26 2015
October 29, 2015

Revived again, the touring favourite Hairspray is again packing out theatres across the country.  This new production delivers some impressive performances and a fun evening, if not quite living up to dancing in the aisles quality of the West End original.

BWW Review: 5 GUYS CHILLIN', Kings Head Theatre, October 3 2015
October 5, 2015

Peter Darney's verbatim tale of chill-outs and sex parties - 5 Guys Chillin' makes an impressive transfer from the Brighton Fringe - and holds a mirror to some of the seedier parts of the party scene.

BWW Reviews: THE INVISIBLE DOT CABARET, Manchester International Festival, July 10 2015
July 12, 2015

Camden's Invisible Dot Club brings its irreverent mix of stand-up and sketch comedy to the Manchester International Festival's central hub for the Invisible Dot Club Cabaret. But despite strong hosting from Mae Martin, it could not live up to high expectations set by The Invisible Dot Club.

BWW Reviews: NECK OF THE WOODS, HOME, July 10 2015
July 12, 2015

Manchester's newest arts centre, HOME's inaugural contribution to the Manchester International Festival is Douglas Gordon's reworking of Little Red Riding Hood told as a piece of performance art. Neck of the Woods shows off all the capabilities of Homes intimate main theatre as it combines poetry, piano and design in this 80 minute fairy-tale.

BWW Reviews: THE SKRIKER, The Royal Exchange, July 9 2015
July 10, 2015

It's twenty one years since Caryl Churchill's surrealist The Skriker first premiered at the National Theatre. This superb revival, one of the headline performances at the Manchester International Festival, highlights how this cautionary tale of environmental disaster has become more and more prescient as the global climate changes.

BWW Interviews: Sarah Frankcom on THE SKRIKER, Maxine Peake and the Manchester International Festival
June 20, 2015

The Manchester International Festival returns on the 2nd July bringing the best in theatre, music and the arts into the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.  Ahead of the festival, Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Sarah Frankcom spoke to BWW:UK about Manchester's thriving art scene, the Festival and working with Maxine Peake in her revival of Caryl Churchill's The Skriker.

BWW Reviews: THE ROLLING STONE, The Royal Exchange, April 24 2015
April 25, 2015

10 years since its creation - The Royal Exchange Theatre's Bruntwood prize for Playwriting celebrated with a photo exhibition and the world premiere of one of 2013's winners - Chris Urch's The Rolling Stone. Urch's superb claustrophobic drama tells the love story of Sam and Dembe, in the backdrop of Uganda's witchhunt of LGBT people

BWW Reviews: OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!, Manchester Opera House, February 24 2015
February 25, 2015

Timed for the centenary of the First World War, Terry Johnson's revival of Oh! What A Lovely War still packs a serious satirical punch. It felt just as relevant and almost as hard hitting today as it would have done in 1963 - when it was first produced by Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

February 23, 2015

BWW:UK gets exclusive access to the Manchester choir auditions for Godspell: The Broadway Revival in Concert. 11 regional choirs vied for three spots in Russell Scott's and Mark Pettit's touring production.

BWW Reviews: TOP HAT, Manchester Opera House, February 10 2015
February 11, 2015

After wowing crowds and the Olivier Award judges, Top Hat is touring the country bringing its infectious enthusiasm and the spirit of Fred Astaire around the country. Manchester's Opera House theatre hosted the latest leg of this affectionate adaption of irving Berlin's 1935 film staring Astaire and his long time collaborator Ginger Rogers.

BWW Reviews: IRIS, 3MT, October 8 2014
October 10, 2014

Domestic violence is a tough yet important topic for theatre to tackle. Iris, a new play by young writer Rebecca-Clare Evans, is the latest attempt to try and shine a light on the problem - but doesn't quite hit the mark.

BWW Reviews: SPEED-THE-PLOW, Playhouse Theatre, October 2 2014
October 3, 2014

David Mamet's Tony Award-winning Hollywood satire Speed The Plow is no stranger to stunt casting. Madonna played Karen, the temporary secretary with a dream of making a new kind of movie. So it is perhaps no surprise that producers cast troubled film star Lindsay Lohan in the role - but while it may get some bums on seats it has not made for entertaining theatre.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Trafalgar Studios handover from Martin Freeman's RICHARD III to Jane Horrocks in EAST IS EAST
September 19, 2014

Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed seasons are not just about renovating the look of a theatre. Lloyd wants the transformation to reach the audience too and deliver high quality theatre to new audiences. Halfway through his second Trafalgar Transformed season, BWW:UK was behind the scenes as the baton was handed over from the critically acclaimed Richard III to the cast of East is East, starring Jane Horrocks.

BWW Interviews: John Wilson on COLE PORTER IN HOLLYWOOD, Sondheim And The Proms!
September 17, 2014

Conductor John Wilson talks to BWW:UK about his new show, Cole Porter in Hollywood, the great musicals of the 20th Century and having dinner with Stephen Sondheim.

BWW Reviews: FULLY COMMITTED, Menier Chocolate Factory, September 10 2014
September 11, 2014

Fully Committed was the production that put the derelict chocolate factory back on the map back in 2004. Now as the award winning theatre celebrates 10 years, Becky Mode's New York comedy is back to delight crowds once again.

BWW Reviews: MISS BEHAVE'S GAME SHOW, London Wonderground, September 6 2014
September 7, 2014

The London Wonderground transports a piece of the Edinburgh Festival fringe to London's South bank. Miss Behave's Game Show is a raucous take on the late night cabaret genre