2018 – a new year to embrace new shows and experiences in the theatrical bubble I often find myself mooching around in. As I’ve said in my previous more personal blog posts, I rarely take to my own blog to have a chat – but it’s a new year and I felt an update was… Continue Reading →
Children – for the most part, don’t find filth and innuendo funny even if they understand it. Actually, neither do I if it’s there simply because it’s smutty. A joke has to be really clever to work for me and clichéd sex/lavatorial gags rarely are. Filth for its own sake is a turn-off.
Yes, it’s that time of year. Last week I saw my first two 2016 pantomimes – Dick Whittington at the Marlowe Theatre (Evolution Pantomimes) and Sleeping Beauty at Hackney Empire. The former is a real humdinger of a show and you can always rely on Susie McKenna at Hackney.
Chris Pizzey is abandoning Basil Brush (one of his regular colleagues) for the pantomime season and joining the gang in Sleeping Beauty at Malvern Theatres, he’s playing Silly Billy and directing the show! I caught up with Chris to find out all about this year’s extravaganza.
Amanda Holden will play The Fairy Godmother in Qdos Entertainment’s London Palladium production of CINDERELLA, which will run at the London Palladium for five weeks only over the Festive season from Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017, with press night on Wednesday 14 December 2016.
Initial casting is announced today for Qdos Entertainment’s London Palladium production of CINDERELLA. The 32 strong cast will be led by Paul O’Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup. The roles of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and the Ugly Sisters will be announced soon.
Is it ever okay to troll a critic online over a negative review. The Stage critic Susan Elkin warns of the consequences after several run-ins with pantomime artists over the holidays.
In this second holiday podcast, the London theatre bloggers discuss pantomimes at Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Wimbledon Theatre, as well as West End comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong and No Villain at the Old Red Lion.
Celebrate 15 years of strictly adult fun with the hilarious cast of the latest Excess All Areas’ new pantomime, Kitten in Heels, populated by some of cabaret’s finest performers offering an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza of silly.
Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced details of their latest season of work that will take place from September 2015-January 2016. The new season highlights the theatre’s long-standing commitment to championing new writing, delivering world-class musical theatre and provoking debate about widening access to the arts for all. Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “We are …