News and Reviews by Becky

4th May 17 :: Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joe McElderry touring in Joseph.
14th Mar 17 :: Review: The Wedding Singer
Touring production seen in Bristol.
28th Nov 16 :: Review: Million Dollar Quartet
Seen on tour with Jason Donovan as Sam Philips.
27th Oct 16 :: Review: Billy Elliot
Touring production seen at Bristol.
19th Sep 16 :: Review: Noah Guthrie
Seen at the Ruby Lounge, Manchester
30th Mar 16 :: Review: Mamma Mia!
Touring production of the Abba inspired show.
18th Feb 16 :: Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Touring production seen at the Weston-super-mare Playhouse
20th Jan 16 :: Review: Goodnight Mister Tom
David Wood's stage adaptation of the classic children's book
4th Aug 15 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Reviewing the touring version of this fabulous play on its visit to Bristol
28th May 15 :: Review: Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys musical on tour around the UK
19th May 15 :: Review: The King's Speech
The tour of the play of the film with Jason Donovan.
25th Mar 15 :: Review: Dance 'til Dawn
Strictly's Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace on tour.
12th Feb 15 :: Review: The Life and Times of Fanny Hill
The Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Theatre present this latest adaptation of the infamous John Cleland novel
24th Jul 14 :: Review: Singin' In The Rain
The Chichester Festival production on tour
6th May 14 :: Review: Let it Be
The music of The Beatles on tour, celebrating 50 years.

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Hello Again (Theatre Royal, Windsor)
5 Angela Perry
22nd May 17: Fabulous show, if you are a Neil Diamond fan you will love it, we did and we have seen Neil 4 times in concert so not expecting too much, what a surprise it was just brilliant, Brooklyn and his band gave us a great night out, thank you.
The Wipers Times
5 Chris Turner
16th May 17: We have seen it twice at the Watermill, it was Brilliant, much better than the Ian Hislop came 5 times to see it. Well worth finding your nearest theatre for a very good night out if you can get seats
tick, tick... Boom! (Park Theatre, Inner London)
5 Michelle
14th May 17: Absolutely stunning. Flew in for the day to see a matinee and was only sorry I wasn't staying overnight so I could see it again
1 John Bell
10th May 17: Very low budget Cannot even afford Jerseys to visually identify the two actors Billed as comment on a specific race up Ventoux with backdrop filming ( not very good ) Many miles of the final 10M assent missing Cadence of riders in accurate Only redeeming feature -Only lasts an hour
Motown's Greatest Hits - How Sweet it Is
5 June
7th May 17: Absolutely fantastic performers can wait to see them again!
Richard III (Hull Truck Theatre, Hull)
3 Carol Page
6th May 17: Much of Richard's dialogue was rushed and difficult to follow .I felt he lacked the sinister power of a truly wicked manipulator , often illiciting laughter from the audience ,instead of lloathing and fear . The supporting cast were convincing though and Bosworth field was brilliantly portrayed .
Million Dollar Quartet (New Theatre, Cardiff)
5 Maria Mills
6th May 17: What a fantastic unforgetable musical pure rock and roll from start to finish.
Richard III (Hull Truck Theatre, Hull)
5 Ady
6th May 17: Saw this tonight. Wow ! - I never knew Shakespeare could be so dynamic and un-stuffy. No hiding behind lavish sets, the cast make this "minimalist" staging electric. Percussion is used, both clogs (or tap-shoes) and giant drums , providing thundering crescendos to Richard's nightmares, and also for the final battle on Bosworth Field. The soldiers march on, all playing drums, and each thrust of the fight is played out by the drummers ! My heart was pounding in my chest, knowing what Richard had coming to him. Then, after his death, the whole cast sing a short choral piece introducing Richmond's last speech and "Amen" at the end; I had a tears in my eyes. Ruddy Fantastic !! Well Done, Hull City of Culture. You have really "done us proud" with this ! I shall make more of an effort to see more theatre shows like this. Ady.
Waiting for God
5 Roger Vowles
5th May 17: Great show. Superbly acted with great comedic timing. Well worth the visit.
5 Henry Afton
30th Apr 17: Saw this in Cheltenham. Excellent. This thoroughly enjoyable production brings out the fun and humour in Rostand's great creation, whilst retaining the seriousness the theme (love in an imperfect world) demands. This is achieved through the addition of music (entirely cast played) and occasional contemporary references added to an otherwise faithful translation. Well done for bringing such a romantic piece of art to today's cynical anti-heroic culture.
To Sir, With Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham)
5 Ashleigh
28th Apr 17: The show was great, a real great performance! The young actors were amazing and really held their own alongside the great professional actors. Matt Crosby did a fantastic job portraying Weston. Eden Peppercorn, portraying Monica Page, gave an outstanding performance. The piano was a great touch with some beautiful playing by Daniel Kenton's, Fernman.
The Railway Children
1 Maureen Hounsome
27th Apr 17: 1 star for performance of the mother. It's the worst musical play I've ever seen.Music dreadful. Whole production over amplified and an assault on the ears.
Annie (Connaught Theatre, Worthing)
5 Paul
25th Apr 17: Amazing 1st show. Going back to see it again Tomorrow. Well done to all the cast.
Ken Dodd - The Happiness Show
5 Stuart Jarvis
24th Apr 17: Sir Ken Dodd is a genius. I'm so pleased that the establishment eventually gave him a knighthood. Sir ken provides good British variety show. He's 89 and is a great British treasure. He has made thousands and thousands of people laugh during the years! He's my hero. We enjoyed his show greatly in Birmingham a few nights ago...and the theatre was full....and we all had a great time! Thank you Sir Ken and his lovely partner Anne Jones
Meet Tommy Atkins (The Blakehay, Weston-Super-Mare)
1 Jim
20th Apr 17: To be honest this was more lecture than drama and consequently we never engaged with the central character. Could have been shorter and more pithy but in general needed fewer facts and more emotion ... shame, I have visited all the places mentioned within the last month and this play conveyed none of the feel of them, nor of the things that they represent.
Pluto (Barons Court Theatre, Inner London)
5 Jackie
19th Apr 17: Very enjoyable play. Well worth a visit. Great to see new talent.
You Win Again - the Story of the Bee Gees
1 Mrs. C
18th Apr 17: I went to see this show on Easter Sunday with my husband and son at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. We all love the Bee Gees and they, in particular are very musical. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. From the outset Martin Spooner was poor and dreadful at trying to get the audience to participate. Basically no charisma and he is no singer. The other two weren't much better with Yvan Silva's voice saving parts of the show. Putting 3 men in leather outfits and dark glasses does not a Bee Gee make. I would have to disagree with the reviewer before me who thought the narrator lent something to the show. We found his delivery weak and the script poor. The dancers tried hard but the whole production was unpolished, amateurish and over priced for what we got. It is rare that the Palace get it wrong but they did so this time. We left at the interval. Words..... we were lost for them.
The Little Mermaid (Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne)
1 Gemma
13th Apr 17: My kids (3 & 6) loved the show. Luckily they are too young to understand the blatant and frequent sexual innuendo, and misogynistic 'jokes'. Not to mention a little casual racism thrown in for good measure. A shame because the cast were very talented, it was upbeat and should have been a fun pantomime.
Remembering Fred
5 Pam Wilson
11th Apr 17: saw this show at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. All I can say is wow!! the music, the dancers (all of them) the singers and band were all first class. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who has ever watched a musical.
Running Wild
5 Jean Palastanga
8th Apr 17: My 9 year old grandson wouldn't stop applauding at the end. He was totally overcome with emotion and just kept telling me and everyone else how totally amazing this play was. I absolutely agree with him and highly recommend it. Thank you.

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