West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Autumn/Winter Season Launch: Top Picks

'West Yorkshire Playhouse's Autumn/ Winter 17 Season is a vibrant collection of diverse stories from across the world, retold by exceptional theatre makers.' -WYP It's official: West Yorkshire Playhouse has a very exciting Autumn/winter season planned... I went along to their launch event yesterday and found myself very impressed with the line-up; the season is... Continue Reading →

Gypsy: Disappointing

Thursday 29th June, 2017 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️ While Pick Me Up Theatre's Gypsy features some fine talent in Maren Fagerås Nævdal, playing Louise, and Maya Tether, playing Dainty June, it doesn't have enough to support a fatally under-rehearsed production. The talented pair play the pawns in their mother's game of chess... Continue Reading →

La Cage Aux Folles: John Partridge Shines

Saturday 3rd June, 2017 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ La Cage Aux Folles is the work of creators Arthur Laurents, Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman and this production of the long-standing classic is directed by Martin Connor - the show has enjoyed huge success since the 1980s and I hope to see more... Continue Reading →

La Strada: A Slick, Enchanting Hybrid

Wednesday 26th April, 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 There is a brilliant energy running through this production; the enveloping rowdy scenes of bars and cleverly represented busy streets are joyous to watch purely for the brilliance of the physicality, which is absolutely a winning aspect of this wonderful production. But the surreal energy of... Continue Reading →

Review From The Movie Theatre: Beauty and the Beast

Sunday, 2nd April, 2017 (Released in the U.K March 2017). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bill Condon's live action adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast' presents us with a vibrant, sweeping take on this much-loved tale. The special effects work wonders to bring to life that famous enchanted castle and its inhabitants. True to modern expectations, the effects and... Continue Reading →

Wonderland: A Wonderful Modernisation

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This is modernisation at its best; taking a classic like Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and putting a spin on it in such a way that it captures and explores modern ideas of escapism. While Carroll's Wonderland explores the escapism sought by children trying to navigate a grown up world they are yet to... Continue Reading →

Dreamgirls: Maximum, Dazzling Wattage from Start to Finish

Saturday 25th February, at The Savoy Theatre, London ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Few shows truly deserve the 'whirlwind' title, and Dreamgirls is one of those few - a phenomenally talented cast lead a phenomenal creative team to great heights with this relentlessly fiery production. The impression given is that there is not a single sequin out of place... Continue Reading →

The Commitments: Not Quite the Full Package

Grand Opera House, York. Saturday 18th February 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 There’s no denying that this production of The Commitments, directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, has that classic feel-good factor; complete with high octane musical numbers and some incredible voices, it's certainly a glorious feast for the ears. Featuring classics such as ‘I Heard it Through the... Continue Reading →

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