A Little Night Music: Witty and Bright

Thursday July 1, 2021 at Leeds Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s always a thrill to see a celebrated giant of the musical theatre world for the first time, and this production does not disappoint. With a story inspired by an Ingmar Bergman film, book by by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by the great Stephen Sondheim,... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Play in the History of the World: A Tale Well Told

June 1st, 2021 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A good story told with great charm, that’s what The Greatest Play in the History of the World... is. It’s energised storytelling which refuses to let any lulls form and instead, ploughs onwards with a combination of great comic delivery and a recurring sense of gravity nestling... Continue Reading →

The Handlebard’s Romeo & Juliet: Fun & Tomfoolery for Shakespeare’s ‘Star-crossed Lovers’

Tuesday May 25th 2021 at York Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This ‘very loose’ re-telling of Romeo and Juliet is a treat - mostly because the cast offer that special kind of ‘we are having the time of our lives up here’ magic, but also because it’s a glowing reminder of just how malleable Shakespeare texts can... Continue Reading →

Interview: Francesca Caruso Talks Religion, Clowning & Solo Show Pater Noster

Francesca Caruso’s solo show, Pater Noster, has just enjoyed an online run via the Command Fringe Festival and is set to be available for audiences again very soon. Here she shares insights into her love of clowning and bouffonnerie and the personal experiences of religion which prompted her to explore Catholicism and its rituals in... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on: The Best of LGBTQ+ Stories & Characters on Stage

Just in the nick of time, I’m marking the last few hours of Pride Month with a look at some of the best examples of theatre productions celebrating and exploring LGBTQ+ stories, characters, history and culture. From accosting social commentary to joyous sequin-clad drag queens to moving takes on body dysmorphia and transgender experiences and... Continue Reading →

Interview: Stephen Foster & Chuck Pelletier Talk The Green Room

The Green Room is a musical comedy about four friends navigating the turbulent waters of theatre college. With book by Stephen Foster and Rod Damer and music and lyrics by Chuck Pelletier, the show has seen considerable success and enjoyed productions in the US (including Off-Broadway), Canada and Ireland. With Coronavirus closing theatres for the... Continue Reading →

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