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: Madagascar the Musical at the Wolverhampton Grand
Book: Kevin Del Aguila Director:Kirk Jameson Madagascar the Musical isn't the first Dreamworks film to be adapted for the stage. Back in 2008 Shrek was produced on Broadway to critical acclaim. Sell a Door uses puppetry and a bit of theatre magic to create a roarsome night out for families. Act one is incredibly quick... Continue Reading →
Review: Club Tropicana at the Wolverhampton Grand
Writer: Michael Gyngell Co-Director: Samuel Holmes Co-Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston Last week the UK was experiencing a spring heatwave and Club Tropicana brings that holiday atmosphere back to Wolverhampton this week with its funny, crazy throwback to the 80s. Producer Mark Goucher writes in the programme 'We are not trying to win any prizes but... Continue Reading →
Review: The Girl on a Train at the Wolverhampton Grand
Writer: Paula Hawkins Adapters: Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Paula Hawkins's award winning book already has hit the big screen and now the gripping story is brought to the stage in a highly engaging way. Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel focus on the whodunnit as the core plot structure but tie it... Continue Reading →
Review: Dirty Dancing at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent
Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer A firm favourite with the ladies everywhere the girls night in classic Dirty Dancing returns to theatres across the country. While this is not a musical, recorded music and a small but well-used band create the soundtrack for the show. There's only a couple of full cast musical numbers... Continue Reading →
Review: Once Upon A Mattress at the Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick Community Musical turns three this year with a move away from Howard Goodhall it produces Once Upon A Mattress, a musical adaptation of the Princess and the Pea.
Review: Guy : A New Musical at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham
Grindr is as well known to members of the LGBT+ community as Miss Vanjie (who happens to be referenced) and Meryl Streep. Guy A New Musical is therefore not the first and it's certainly not going to be the last musical to be inspired by the app.
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.