• REVIEW: Hairspray – Palace Theatre – Manchester

    REVIEW: Hairspray – Palace Theatre – Manchester

    The highly anticipated 2024/25 UK and Ireland tour of the beloved musical Hairspray kicked off at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, promising a fresh yet faithful rendition of this classic. Produced by a stellar team and featuring a mix of seasoned performers and new talent, this production breathes new life into Tracy Turnblad’s journey of…

  • REVIEW: Pretty Woman – Regent Theatre – Stoke-on-Trent

    REVIEW: Pretty Woman – Regent Theatre – Stoke-on-Trent

    Pretty Woman the Musical, currently on tour at the Regent Theatre in Stoke, offers a vibrant stage adaptation of the beloved 1990 film. With its premiere in Chicago in March 2018 and subsequent successful runs on Broadway and in the West End, the musical has garnered a following for its faithful yet fresh retelling of…

  • REVIEW: Come from Away – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    REVIEW: Come from Away – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    The first UK tour of ‘Come from Away’ playing at the Sheffield Lyceum is a mesmerizing and heartfelt production that masterfully captures the spirit of unity and compassion found in the real-life events it portrays. Running until July 20, 2024, this touring production brings together an outstanding cast and creative team, ensuring an unforgettable theatrical…

  • REVIEW: Next to Normal – Wyndham’s Theatre – West End

    REVIEW: Next to Normal – Wyndham’s Theatre – West End

    The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of “Next to Normal” has made a triumphant transition to Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, captivating audiences with its raw emotional power, nuanced performances, and sophisticated staging. “Next to Normal” is a groundbreaking rock musical that delves into the complexities of a suburban family dealing with mental illness,…

  • REVIEW: Unfortunate – Theatre Royal – Nottingham

    REVIEW: Unfortunate – Theatre Royal – Nottingham

    “Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch,” currently gracing the stage at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, is a vibrant, exhilarating experience that delivers on every front. This critically acclaimed musical parody, fresh off a spectacular run in London, brings its deliciously camp energy and uproarious satire to Nottingham, promising an evening of unbridled…

  • REVIEW: The Syndicate – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    REVIEW: The Syndicate – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    Kay Mellor’s final stage play, “The Syndicate”offers  a blend of comedy and drama based on her popular BBC TV series. Despite the promising premise and a talented cast, the production struggles to fully capture the depth and nuance one might expect from Mellor’s work. Samantha Giles, as Denise, delivers a delightful performance, bringing a unique…

  • REVIEW: The Kite Runner – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    REVIEW: The Kite Runner – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    Currently touring at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre, The Kite Runner delivers a powerful and emotionally charged adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel. Directed by Giles Croft and adapted by Matthew Spangler, the production plunges the audience into the tumultuous world of 1970s Kabul, where a kite-flying tournament sets the stage for a life-altering event. Featuring exceptional…

  • REVIEW: The Haunting – New Vic – Newcastle-under-Lyme

    REVIEW: The Haunting – New Vic – Newcastle-under-Lyme

    Staging Charles Dickens’ “The Haunting” in-the-round at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre is a bold and ambitious endeavour, typical of the New Vic’s commitment to theatrical excellence. Directed by Eleanor Taylor, this production attempts to blend the eerie atmosphere of Victorian ghost stories with modern theatrical techniques. While it succeeds in some areas, it falls short…

  • REVIEW: Aladdin – Palace Theatre – Manchester

    REVIEW: Aladdin – Palace Theatre – Manchester

    Having already captivated over 14 million people worldwide, Disney’s Aladdin at the Manchester Palace Theatre delivers an exuberant and enchanting experience. This lavish production, based on the beloved 1992 animated film, is brimming with unforgettable magic, comedy, breathtaking sets, and dazzling costumes. With the addition of new music alongside iconic songs by Alan Menken, Howard…

  • REVIEW: Madagascar the Musical – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    REVIEW: Madagascar the Musical – Lyceum Theatre – Sheffield

    Madagascar The Musical, based on the beloved 2005 DreamWorks Animation film, aims to bring the animated charm to the stage, and while it hits several high notes, it doesn’t quite capture the full magic of the original. The story is well-known: Alex the lion (Joseph Hewlett) is the star attraction at a New York zoo,…

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