Review: Ghost Stories (Touring)

Tuesday 11th March 2020 at the Grand Opera House, York ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When it comes to this spooky joint venture from Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, it’s so much more about the journey than the destination. Using all bells, smoke, trickery and whistles available, this production swiftly creates a mild hysteria within its audience. If you’re... Continue Reading →

Review: Once (Touring)

Monday 3rd February at The Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It takes all of a few mere minutes for this production to show us exactly why it has snapped up so many awards; from the rousing, foot stomping pre-curtain act delivered as the audience arrive to the first full pelt number from our lead, we... Continue Reading →

Review: Blood Brothers (Touring)

Monday 28th October 2019 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Blood Brothers continues its triumphant circuit on our stages with Lyn Paul reinstated as Mrs Johnstone for one last time. Paul, voted ‘the definitive Mrs Johnstone’, proves wholeheartedly that the accolade is entirely deserved and then some. Joined by yet another cracking cast with... Continue Reading →

Review: Beyond the Barricade (Touring)

Thursday 5th September 2019 at the Grand Theatre and Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beyond the Barricade has been around since the late 90s, celebrating the music of stages in the West End and on Broadway for appreciative musical theatre loving audiences. David Fawcett, Andy Reiss, Poppy Tierney and Shona Lindsay have all been principal players... Continue Reading →

Review: Rock of Ages (Tour)

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rock of Ages. What a half marvellous, half bamboozling mess of a rock devil-may-care extravaganza! By the end of the first act I was mulling over the probability of a ‘this show does not know what the hell it is’ verdict. It seems to... Continue Reading →

Review: Saturday Night Fever (Tour)

Tuesday 12th February 2019 at the Grand Opera House York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Saturday Night Fever arrives on stages once more, decades after the hit Paramount/RSO film delighted audiences. Robert Stigwood adapts Nick Cohn’s story for the stage in collaboration with Bill Oakes and the musical does a good job of delivering some 70s escapism via the... Continue Reading →

Review: Abigail’s Party (Touring)

Tuesday 29th January 2019 at The Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mike Leigh’s 1977 comedy Abigail’s Party is a beautifully preserved microcosm of seventies trends, etiquette and values. It’s also a very neat reflection of timeless relationship dynamics, making it ever relevant and entertaining - one look at the current housing market tells you that... Continue Reading →

Review: Vampires Rock (Touring)

Friday 25th January 2019 at the Grand Theatre and Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vampires Rock is a whole lot of talent wrapped up in a whole lot of bonkers, self-mocking entertainment.  There’s no question about how Creator, writer, director and star Steve Steinman wants his show to be received. In the closing moments, he demands... Continue Reading →

The Full Monty: Stripping in a Comic Fight for Dignity

Monday 15th October 2018 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Simon Beaufoy’s play is based on the film (Fox Searchlights Pictures)...which I’ve never seen (I know). My feelings about the show are apparently out of keeping with the general population because I haven’t had the influence of the film guiding me through this production.... Continue Reading →

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