Review: Cinderella at the Sheffield Lyceum

Writer & Director: Paul Hendy Following this year's Cinderella, it's clear to see from its magnificent staging with lighting, sound and a cast to match just why the Lyceum Theatre panto is the jewel of Evolution Pantomime's crown. Paul Hendy directs and writes the piece and while he uses a young member of the cast... Continue Reading →

Review: Peter Pan at Stafford Gatehouse

This year marks the first set of productions by Prime Pantomine, a new venture by Selladoor Worldwide and Immersion Theatre. Jointly, they create this panto by numbers which contains all the elements you need for a great, homely British panto. The Gatehouse's stage may be small and restricted by its lack of fly tower but... 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 →

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