Review: Cinderella at the Stafford Gatehouse

Writer: Julie Coombe Director: Richard Cheshire Richard Cheshire returns for the second year to direct the Gatehouse's most ambitious panto yet. The set design by Morgan Brind at Little Wolf Productions completely fills the stage at the Gatehouse. With various scene changes, from a glittering winter forest to a charming yet quirky house and a... Continue Reading →

Review: Jack and The Beanstalk at the London Palladium

Director: Michael Harrison Writer: Julian Clary After two years of Pantoland at the Palladium, finally Jack climbs the beanstalk at the London Palladium The production design by Mark Walter is nothing short of spectacular and expertly blends with Ben Cracknell's technicolour lighting design. Walter's design is a far cry from your traditional panto setting, instead,... Continue Reading →

Review: Billy Elliot at Leicester Curve

Book & Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Lucy Hind It's taken six years after the original London production to get Billy Elliot back on stage. With inflation skyrocketing and public sector strikes gathering pace, the background couldn't be anymore relavent and this contemporary, gritty revival by Leicester Curve is perfect... Continue Reading →

Review: Romeo & Juliet at Stafford Castle

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tim Ford Produced by Stafford Gatehouse, its manager Tim Ford takes the reins of Director in this 30th Anniversary production. Under his leadership, Romeo and Juliet is a nod to its traditional setting of time and place. However, with hints of contemporary music and including themes that beat the test of... Continue Reading →

Review: The Haunting of Blaine Manor at the Stafford Gatehouse

Writer & Director: Joe O'Bryne The house lights dim, the stage in darkness and what feels like a minute of silence, from the getgo this eerie ghost story by Joe O'Bryne sets you on edge and keeps you guessing. Following the initial mixture of darkness and silence, O'Bryne's script almost pulls you in go a... Continue Reading →

Review: Sleeping Beauty at the Derby Arena

Writer: Morgan Brind Director: Scott Ramsay Panto season is still underway at the Derby Arena with this epic production of Sleeping Beauty, but not quite as you know it. You may be surprised at how early Sleeping Beauty is reawaken, and that opens up a chance for the book by Morgan Brind to undergo twists... Continue Reading →

Review: Snow White at the Stafford Gatehouse

Writer: Wink Taylor Director: Richard Cheshire Choreographer: Phillip Joel Produced by Red Entertainment, it was clear from the casting announcement the Stafford Gatehouse wanted to bring something special for Christmas this year. They lined up a company of well known faces from Kids TV and the West End, along with Mauren Nolan create the most... Continue Reading →

Review: Sleeping Beauty at the Crewe Lyceum

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Fleeshman Choreography: Thomas Spratt 'Laughter is the perfect medicine' Bobby Davro proclaims to finish his solo stand up stint to Act Two. Those words sum up Sleeping Beauty at Crewe which is full of so much laughter it will awaken any sleeping spell. Alan McHugh ensures the key elements of... Continue Reading →

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Kate Golledge After a large hiatus across the country due to the pandemic, Panto season off to a rocking good start as this Rock 'N' Roll Panto of Jack and the Beanstalk is a fun festive treat for the whole family. Artistic Director of the New Wolsey, Peter Rowe is no... Continue Reading →

Review: What’s New Pussycat? at the Birmingham Rep

Writer: Joe DiPietro Original Book: Henry Fielding Director: Lake Sheppard Choreography: Arlene Phillips Musical Supervisor and Orchestrations: Matthew Brind The Green Green Grass Of Home is where we've spent most of the last two years, but this banging jukebox musical featuring the music of Tom Jones will have you radiant with delight after an evening... Continue Reading →

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