The newly refurbished Mayflower theatre deserved a blockbuster of a show to be its first big three-week resident and who better to fly in than the cast of Wicked.
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I feel sorry that this production of Camelot was for one night only but what a pleasure and a privilege it was to be in the audience for this great occasion.
42nd Street, made famous by the 1933 film, is based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes. This glitzy, glamorous revival is set to make your heart soar, and have you tap dancing down the steps of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane singing ‘Lullaby of Broadway’!
The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield is a gem of the East Midlands theatre scene. It may be compact, but it’s perfectly formed, and the same could be said of Theatre6 and Catherine Schreiber’s production of Persuasion.
Flowers for Mrs Harris is one of the most heartwarming shows I have ever seen and a return to the great British musical. The audible gasps, from the audience, at certain parts a testament to both the writing and performances.
The hype for Heathers The Musical is real, awards need to be nominated for and won. High School will never be the same again, it’s just ‘So Very’.
Sometimes you know that a particular show or indeed performance will not only be special, but also remain with you for a long time to come. The Thriller Live 4,000th Charity Gala Performance in the aid of The Prince’s Trust was one of those performances.
From the moment a smock-dressed lady ambles on stage, the cramped space in South London erupts into a burst of foot-tapping tunes. Unexpected Joy boasts a rousing chorus of tunes and some impressive vocal feats.
Eugenius! really is an extravaganza showcase for the completely nonsensical musical. It’s cheesy, baffling and a visual delight all in one.
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have created something truly special here in Six – a complete one of a kind, act of genius. Who knew history could be so entertaining? Seeing is believing though, so don’t take my word for it, go and see it for yourself.
What should be a dazzling, if possibly dated, show was disappointing on so many levels. I would love to see it later in its journey and my expectation is that it will be a very different story
The second national tour of Jersey Boys is fully underway and it concludes at the Mayflower in March 2019. First up in my series of interviews is Tommy Devito played by Simon Bailey.
This cabaret show not only had great performances by its leading ladies and supporting artists, but also it has the biggest heart.
If, as a child, you had a box of treasures and would open it to admire and cherish the contents, knowing what was there but loving seeing each precious thing, you might have the same sensation watching the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake.
Broken Wings illustrates different cultural issues very well and, whilst there is further refinement required, it does not detract from the fact that it is definitely a dramatic new musical to watch.
Once again Scamp Theatre brings to life this delightful story, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which young and old alike can enjoy. Hopefully, the memory will stay with the youngsters forever, bringing a new generation of theatre-goers.
‘If you never dream – then you can never have a dream come true.” This is something that Richard Shelton firmly believes in. We sat down to have a chat about just that and Richard’s new show Sinatra: Raw.
There is nothing not to like here in Madagascar The Musical. It’s bright, fun, has audience participation, brilliant choreography and great singing.
If I were you I’d check out The Simon & Garfunkel Story for future dates. All the hits are there along with some lesser known ones and Philip Murray Warson and Charles Blyth are sensational as Simon and Garfunkel.
It Happened in Key West has some deeply moving moments which are snatched away all too quickly and replaced by witty lines, thereby losing its potency. It promises to be a good production, but it needs to first find its identity and sense of purpose first.
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