Hello Again (Theatre Royal, Windsor) 5Angela 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 5Chris Turner 16th May 17: We have seen it twice at the Watermill, it was Brilliant, much better than the T.V.play. 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
Ventoux 1John 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
Richard III (Hull Truck Theatre, Hull) 3Carol 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 .
Richard III (Hull Truck Theatre, Hull) 5Ady 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 5Roger Vowles 5th May 17: Great show. Superbly acted with great comedic timing. Well worth the visit.
Cyrano 5Henry 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) 5Ashleigh 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 1Maureen 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.
Ken Dodd - The Happiness Show 5Stuart 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) 1Jim 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.
You Win Again - the Story of the Bee Gees 1Mrs. 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) 1Gemma 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 5Pam 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 5Jean 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.