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 →

Review: Stones In His Pockets At The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Writer: Marie Jones Director: Matthew McElhinney Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Marie Jones' witty but moving tagic comedy leaves you feeling joyful and inspired. Jones' Son Matthew McElhinney directs the piece and creates a rounded uplifting story of friendship, optimism and the importance of dreams. Rather than focus on whether the 'happily ever after' cliche often... Continue Reading →

Review: Me & My Doll at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (Online)

Writer & Director: Lucy Bird Director of Film & Editor: Neil Reading  What do you get when you bring together a person who has reached a glass ceiling in their career and whose only experience of romance is through a pile of rom com DVDs and also a rubber doll that comes to life? The... Continue Reading →

Review: An Elephant In The Garden by the Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online)

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adapter & Director: Simon Reade The Barn are no strangers to the work of Michael Morpurgo and An Elephant In The Garden is one of two more of his stories they will be sharing with everyone on their stage. This uplifting peice of storytelling manages to work with a challenging time in... Continue Reading →

Review: Cinderella by Panto Live (Online)

Writer: Tom Whalley Director: Charlotte Peters Last year, Panto Live produced their first pantomime online and this Easter they have remastered the Christmas production to help keep the family entertained at Easter. Using all the elements of a traditional panto with an added perk of the chance to take part, it's a fun fairytale adventure... Continue Reading →

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