The Drifters Girl is a classic example of the worst type of jukebox musical – a group effort in failing to tell an interesting story whilst putting on a good show.
The nostalgia musical is back in full force with crowd-pleasing easy listening stories that looks back to the 1950s and 60s for their inspiration.
Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud will play The Drifters in brand new musical The Drifters Girl, also starring Beverley Knight, which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and the woman who made them. The show begins performances at Newcastle Theatre Royal on 9 October 2021, playing until 23 October, before transferring to London’s Garrick Theatre on 4 November (press night is 25 November).
Beauty & the Beast comes to the King’s for the first time since 1946 in a pantomime that continues a classic run of hits and is sticking around well into January next year.
The established pantomime trio of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are here given a chance not only to display their well known comic talents, but also show their more dramatic side – a chance they grab with great eagerness.
Professional pantomime is not the place to go for new theatrical techniques or stunning insights into the human condition.
Instead, what should be expected is a sequence of familiar routines done as well as they can possibly be. This is what is achieved by this year’s King’s effort, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring the established team of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott.