Pretty Woman Uk Tour Review, The Palace Theatre Manchester, 2024


Last night, I enjoyed a delightful evening at The Palace Theatre Manchester, watching the tour of Pretty Woman. Pretty Woman is known as a cinematic gem, beloved worldwide. This iconic 1990 film weaves an alternative fairy tale that has captured the hearts of countless viewers.

Its timeless appeal remains undiminished, offering an enduring charm you never tire of. But does the stage adaptation do justice to the beloved original?

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What Is Pretty Woman About?

The storyline of “Pretty Woman” revolves around a romantic comedy released in 1990, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. It follows the narrative of a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, who engages the services of prostitute Vivian Ward to accompany him to social events and spend a week in his company. Their time together unexpectedly blossoms into a romantic connection, leading to numerous memorable moments.

The musical rendition of “Pretty Woman” is an adaptation of the film. With music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton, the production debuted on Broadway in 2018. Retaining the essence of the original story, however, also infuses it with new energy and flair fit for the stage.

Paige Fenlon, Plays Vivian

My Review Of The Pretty Woman Uk Tour At The Palace Theatre Manchester

Ben Darcy as Edward Lewis and Paige Fenlon ( A last-minute cast change) as Vivian Ward delivered stellar performances. They effortlessly captured the essence of their characters, bringing them to life with authenticity, talent and charm.

Notably, the portrayal of supporting characters added a delightful touch of humour to the production, with Ore Oduba as Happy Man and Mr Thompson, along with Noah Harrison as Guilio, forming a dynamic duo. Natalie Paris’s interpretation of Kit adds depth and warmth to an already intriguing character.

The staging of the musical and the costumes retained the original feel but with a modern edge that complemented the flow of the story. The decision to recreate La Traviata for the Opera scene was particularly inspiring, adding a touch of brilliance to the production.

Overall, “Pretty Woman: The Musical” delivered a delightful blend of humour and emotion, accompanied by a spectacular score that ranged from explosive to tender. It successfully transported the audience from the 90s to the present day, infusing the story with a sense of freshness, vitality and talent in abundance.

Where Can You See Pretty Woman?

Pretty Woman is Playing at the Palace Theatre Manchester until Sat 16 Mar 2024, with tickets from £13.00 plus booking fee.

t’s then playing at 

  • Milton Keynes Theatre, Tue 19 Mar – Sat 30 Mar 2024
  • Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 2 Apr – Sat 13 Apr 2024
  • Sunderland Empire, Tue 28 May – Sat 8 Jun 2024
  • Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, Mon 15 Jul – Sat 20 Jul 2024
  • The Alexandra, Birmingham, Tue 20 Aug – Sat 24 Aug 2024

If you’re thinking of going, just book it, you won’t regret it.  You can buy tickets here.

Please note I was gifted these tickets in return for a review, and you can argue with a couple of hours of pure joy/.

Heading to the Palace Theatre, see where to Park. See more North West theatre reviews here.

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Sarah Christie is a craft, food, cruise, and family travel blogger Extraordinary Chaos, Cruising For All and Mini Travellers. Known for her unique perspective and ability to find beauty in chaos, Sarah designs and creates craft projects as well as creating recipes for people who want to cook from scratch the easy way. Whilst also exploring family travel and how to navigate it.

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