The festive theatre season here in the UK is well underway, with plenty of new and classic theatre experiences getting audiences in the mood for the holidays and imparting important messages. This season, I’m fortunate enough to be taking in many different performances; in this review, we’re heading to Panto land. Without further ado, fasten your seatbelts and have your ‘He’s behind you!’ bellows at the ready as we head to the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall for their production of ‘Cinderella: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto’ for some Christmas fun.Read More
Every year during the Christmas season, 90,000 people decent upon the quaint King’s Theatre on Leven Street in Edinburgh, for what has to be the best pantomime in Scotland, or perhaps even the United Kingdom. Many people make this visit a tradition during the run up to Christmas or New Year, and each year the fabulous trio that is Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Andy Gray gain the hearts of millions with their fabulous performances. This year, unfortunately, Andy Gray has had to drop out, which leaves the audience in the very capable hands of Alan Stewart and Grant Stott, however, did they manage to make up for being a man down?Read More
For some of us, going to the theatre is an enjoyable experience, and the only thing we have to worry about is the quality of the performance. However, members of the audience who are D/deaf or disabled can't even be guaranteed their needs will be accommodated.Read More
Nine years ago, “Nativity!” the movie hit cinemas, and families up and down the UK loved it! It was a hilarious British comedy, which featured some brilliant kids trying to put on the best Nativity they could with their teacher Mr Maddens, and his newly appointed teaching assistant, Mr Poppy. Now nine years on, the stage musical adaption is on a tour of the UK, and is currently playing at the beautiful Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. The question is, does this festive adaptation work?Read More
Every Christmas, I’ve always been excited to see what the Leeds Playhouse has in store as part of its seasonal fare. Now, near the end of its winter season, during which time the theatre has been presenting an eclectic mix of work in its pop-up theatre space, the Playhouse has brought a classic to the stage. Temporal Christmas ghosts, moral tales and opportunities for charming ensemble storytelling? You guessed it: it’s none other than Charles Dickens’ festive favourite ‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted by Deborah McAndrew and directed by Amy Leach.Read More
Two dwarf actors were divided over the issue of tall people taking their roles in today's This Morning debate.
This comes after a Shrek the Musical production caused controversy earlier this week after a 6ft actor was cast in the role of 'vertically challenged' Lord Farquaad.
Deano Whatton argued that it is "discrimination" and dwarves were having opportunities taken away from them.Read More
Since 2005, the musical ‘Jersey Boys’ has been captivating audiences around the world, closing on Broadway last year and embarking on tours across the globe ever since. Now on a new UK tour, I managed to catch the show at the Leeds Grand Theatre amidst the theatre’s 140th Birthday celebrations.Read More