20th Century Boy at the Opera House, Manchester

Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T.Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.

At his peak, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk – Marc Bolan became a superstar and the press dubbed him “Bigger than the Beatles”. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans.

20th Century Boy is a glorious celebration of glam rock at its colourful best! Featuring classic Bolan and Bowie hits including: Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy, Heroes, Walking back to Happiness and many more.

Charmaine Collison and her husband, Roger, went to review 20th Century Boy for us on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at the Opera House, Manchester. This is what they had to say about the Marc Bolan musical…

The lady’s point of view…

The performance by George Maguire as Marc Bolan was truly excellent in fact felt like a reincarnation even down to his dialogue but unfortunately the performance was spoiled by the fact that the music was so loud nothing could be heard of any of the lyrics.It was definitely a show for the devoted fans who knew every song of by heart so it didn’t matter to them that they couldn’t hear. The set was clever and the between set newsreel as to what was happening in the world at the time was clever at setting the scene.The company was fairly small but were extremely enthusiastic All in all not the best theatre experience but if you are a Marc Bolan fan you will love it unless like me you want to hear the lyrics.

Score 7/10 ***

Charmaine Collison (Wife) Trusted Reviewer from Manchester

The gentleman’s point of view…

Agree that the sound system was set too loud but loved the music so I enjoyed the show.

Score 8/10 ****

Roger (Husband) Trusted Reviewer from Manchester

Lady’s Score – 7/10
Gentleman’s Score – 8/10

Total Score – 15/20 ***

20th Century Boy is on in Manchester until April 21st 2018. You can purchase tickets by clicking on the link below:



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