Review: Peter Pan at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Writer: J M Barry Adapters:  Alan McHugh & Jonathan Kiley Director: David Fleeshman It's Chico time at the Crewe Lyceum this year as Qdos Pantomimes produce Peter Pan. The magical adventure is brought to life epically, with a large cast, a well crafted traditional panto script and heaps of musical numbers Alan McHugh & David... Continue Reading →

Review: Dick Whittington at the Wolverhampton Grand

Image by Tim Thursfield – Express & StarWriter & Director: Ian Adams Co-Director: Adrian Jackson In its 125th Anniversary Year, the Wolverhampton Grand produces its final pantomime with Qdos Entertainment. This year's production brings a smile to the cheeks of particularly the older members of the family, as the story of Dick Whittington meets Hi-Di-Hi.... Continue Reading →

Review: Fame at the Wolverhampton Grand

Book: Jose Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston Fame is now finishing up its 30th Anniversary Tour and this nostalgic production features a super talented class of 1984. This new revival by Selladoor Productions reinvents the staging, with a backdrop full of  head shots of the year group, almost... Continue Reading →

Review: A Taste of Honey at the Wolverhampton Grand

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Some may hear the 'kitchen sink drama' and run for the hills. They would be wrong to do so with this as the production continues to be as relevant today, as it was when it was written. Shelagh Delaney's domestic script highlights issues around class, sexual orientation, gender and... Continue Reading →

Review: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the MET, Stafford Gatehouse

Original Story: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptation: James Hyland Director: Phil Lowe Brother Wolf strip back Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story to focus on the human mind in a way that provokes discussion and sends fear rippling through the audience. With the run time being an hour James Hyland condenses and focuses the story through the... Continue Reading →

Review: Nativity! the Musical at the Wolverhampton Grand

Writer, Composer & Director: Debbie Isitt Composer: Nicky Ager Musical Supervisor & Orchestration: George Dyer This year marks the third tour of Nativity! The Musical, but instead of wheeling out the same production year after year Writer, Director and Co-composer Debbie Isit continues to update the musical with relevant references and adds a different story arc... Continue Reading →

Review: The Entertainer at the Wolverhampton Grand

Writer: John Osbourne Director: Sean O' Connor John Osbourne's modern classic has been refreshed as the setting moves to the Falklands War. Shane Richie leads a strong performance in this production which continues to have a statement to make. Shane Richie stars as Archie Rice, a bit of a dreamer but an entertainer struggling to... Continue Reading →

Review & Juliet at the Manchester Opera House

Book: David West Read Music & Lyrics: Max Martin & Friends Musical Director & Musical Arrangements: Dominic Fallacaro Director: Luke Sheppard Quite possibly one of the most anticipated new British musicals of 2019, &Juliet lives up to the hype. This is the fresh modern musical that the industry needs. It makes its mark by exploring... Continue Reading →

Review: Calendar Girls: The Musical at the Wolverhampton Grand

Book & Music: Tim Firth and Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Calendar Girls premiered over five years ago and while it's now in its final months of a UK tour, it remains clear why this beautiful musical continues to delight audiences throughout the country. Tim Firth and Gary Barlow adapt the film and play into... Continue Reading →

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