Review: 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 →

Review: 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 →

Review: Benidorm Live at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis It was announced earlier this year that the hit sitcom Benidorm would be leaving our TV sets for good. However, don't fear as touring around the country is a fierce and hilariously fun live version of the TV Show featuring a brand new story, new characters while keeping its... Continue Reading →

Review: Shrek the Musical at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Back on a UK Tour is a musical adaption of Dreamworks animation Shrek. A firm family favourite that is almost certain to draw a packed theatre and that is certainly true for press night at the Regent Theatre. With clever puppetry and funny characters, there is much to like about this production but there are areas that could develop to make it stand out.

Review: Wonderland at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

The European premier has brought with it a fresh new take on the original broadway book by Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy. Robert Hudson manages to piece together the story into a full filled musical adventure. Although it does lack dramatic tension and the beginning seems to take a while to become free,  it's is full of fun and bright and vibrant characters. 

Review: Peter Pan in Scarlet at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

One of the most famous boys in children's literature returns to his roots back on the stage. Peter Pan is still in Neverland but there is danger afoot and the Darlings, now in their adulthood, know about it through vivid dreams they have. They decide to take action and take one final visit back to the place where children never grow up.

Review: Hairspray at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Writer: Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Mark Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Following on from some of the speeches at the BAFTAs it couldn't be a better time to watch Hairspray. Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of Tracy as she follows her dream of... Continue Reading →

Review: One Man Two Guvnors at The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Arguably the National Theatre’s most successful production, One Man Two Guvnors is now on its 3rd tour around the UK. Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, this production takes the audience on a whirlwind few days through the life of Francis Henshall as he takes on two jobs to feed himself after he was sacked from hisskiffle band.

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