Dick Whittington The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto (After Dark) at Stafford Gatehouse

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Rob Salmon Panto season is in its final few days, but this is the time when Stafford Gatehouse hosts its adult only performances of their annual panto, this year being Dick Whittington. Things certainly go a bit more post-watershed. Writer Peter Rowe creates a plot full of traditional panto moments including plenty of... Continue Reading →

The Theatre Twittic’s Top 10 Shows of 2018

Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this and all my other posts. Following the creation of The Theatre Twittic in January, many of you have checked out my thoughts, analysis and value for money ratings for productions, alongside commentary on other industry hot topics. There's also been a few... Continue Reading →

The Wizard of Oz at the Birmingham Rep, Birmingham

Writer: Frank Baum Music and Lyrics: Harold Arlen & E Y Harburg Director: Liam Steel Birmingham Rep is not the only producer of an adaption of the classic film this year . It seems to be quite a title up and down the country. However, this production is certainly set to be one that fills... Continue Reading →

Crimes of the Christmas Pudding at the Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield

Writer: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: Nel Crouch The Lichfield Garrick once more brings New Old Friends back to their studio this Christmas with their latest episode in their festive Crimes on series. Some say that threes a crowd but that's certainly not the case for this, which is a great evening of laugh out loud comedy.... Continue Reading →

Sleeping Beauty at the Wolverhampton Grand, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Ian AdamsCo-Director: Adrian Jackson Three years at the helm of the Wolverhampton Grand and Adrian Jackson is making his mark on the annual pantomime which this year he co-directs.Jackson appoints longtime collaborator Ian Adams once more as the Dame but also for the first time, Director of this production. With a talented but... Continue Reading →

Dick Whittington at the Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield

Writer: Paul HendyDirector: Sam RaboneEvolution Pantomimes partners up with the Lichfield Garrick for the third year running and this time it seems the Garrick has handed the reigns firmly over to Evolution as Sam Rabone not only returns as the Dame, but also as Director. Paul Hendy's script contains all the elements you'd expect from a... Continue Reading →

Wind in the Willows at the New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Adapter: Theresa Heskins Director: Peter Leslie Wild For the first time in many years, Theresa Heskins passes over the Director rains for the New Vic Christmas Show to Peter Leslie Wild. However, audiences should not fear as it contains the same elements of New Vic creativity and warmth that they are used... Continue Reading →

Hot Lane at Spode Works, Stoke on Trent

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Nestled deep in the old industrial heart of Stoke on Trent lies the regenerated Spode factory and inside Claybody Theatre brings their latest locally based drama Hot Lane. Set in Burslem, Edith (Emily Pithon)  returns after mysteriously fleeing the city. Alongside Ediths reasons for returning Deborah McAndrew weaves in and out... Continue Reading →

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! at the New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Northern Broadsides have never been ones to shy away from the audience it aims to represent and this new adaptation of Dario Fo's Don't Pay? Won't Pay?  is no different. This is a stimulating farce that packs a punch and inspires a debate. Moving the setting... Continue Reading →

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