Review: ‘Benidorm Live’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Benidorm Live’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

ITV’s beloved television series ‘Benidorm’, now over twelve years old, really has become a smash hit sitcom phenomenon. After its humble beginnings as a short series following the idiosyncratic mishaps of the Garveys, a northern family who venture on numerous holidays in an all-inclusive Costa del Sol resort, the series continued to evolve over a further ten seasons. Now, as the show is available to stream on Netflix, creator and writer Derren Litten has adapted his series for a new medium: the stage. Featuring some of the show’s mainstay characters, I was intrigued to see how the show had made the transition to a live setting, now entitled ‘Benidorm Live’.

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Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Overall, this musical is good for audiences looking for a fun and lighthearted evening/afternoon of entertainment, however, for the “Ghost” motion picture super fans, this may not be for you, as it is definitely directed in a different tone while keeping with the same story. This show does however, showcase some fantastic talent, who put their all in to providing you, probably the best production of this musical in recent years.

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Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

“Jersey Boys” Is a musical which has been touring the UK time and time again. It is one of the most iconic stage musicals of the 21st century and audiences have been lapping up the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for fifteen years. And unbelievably, I had never seen the musical until this evening (Wednesday 20th February), in Edinburgh’s answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse. So, did this hyped musical live up to expectation?

The story of “Jersey Boys” follows the bandmates of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi. It shows the roots of the bands, the trials they endured (literally), their personal life and of course how they created the iconic music that the world has come to love.

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Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

“Hamilton the Musical” is currently taking over the planet, being a contemporary musical with an incredible score, while also educating the world about how America was established, with some messages on diversity and race mixed in there too. Unfortunately, due to some of us being too busy and broke to see Hamilton, there has been whisperings of a low-costing ticket alternative, which has the potential of being just as big a hit.

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Instructions From An Expat

Instructions From An Expat

Okay... As some of you may know, I recently uprooted myself from the good ol' US of A to move to Ireland. Why? To study, of course. I am now taking classes at an acting school. For many people, moving usually involves finding a place to live, a new job (sometimes), acquainting yourself with your new surroundings, making friends, etc. For actors, it often involves something else that's even harder: integrating yourself into the new theatre scene. This here post is to help you find someplace to start when you find yourself someplace new.

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Everyone Knows Everyone in This Industry

Everyone Knows Everyone in This Industry

Being a critic, and also having worked (VERY minorly) in the acting industry, I have met many people and have established contacts with actors, writers, directors, runners, stage techies, producers, and critics, many of whom have gone on to do great things. One of the things you find out fairly quickly, especially in training, is that everybody knows everybody in the entertainment industry. To become a big fish in a small pond, you need to remember that it’s essential to have a pretty good, professional, relationship with everyone you work with, or word will spread fairly quickly about your reputation, which could cause some significant problems for your career. The same can most likely be said in London, Broadway and Hollywood, I imagine word spreads reasonably quickly when someone gets called out for being rude to a colleague or even a fan.

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Review: ‘Shrek: the Musical’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Shrek: the Musical’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

The ‘Shrek’ franchise is one of the most successful in the animated film industry. With memorable characters and a great crossover plot and concept, it was only a matter of time before it would receive a musical stage adaptation. This Christmas, audiences that haven’t seen the show in its previous incarnations will get the chance to see it at the Leeds Grand Theatre, where it completes the menu forming the backbone of the city’s seasonal theatre offerings. 

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Are Theatre Audiences Changing?

Are Theatre Audiences Changing?

Many people go to the theatre to escape the hustle and bustle of modern society and want to be taken on a journey, different from the life they live in. A vast percentage of those who go to the theatre enjoy to watch their evening/afternoon’s performance without the disruption of people talking, rowdy crowds, loud eaters and most of all, the bright screens of mobile phones. However, recently, regular theatergoers are finding themselves encountering more and more disturbances during performances, thanks to audience members around them. This raises the question, are theatre audiences changing?

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Review: "Kinky Boots The Musical" (UK & Ireland Tour) - Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: "Kinky Boots The Musical" (UK & Ireland Tour) - Edinburgh Playhouse

Kinky Boots The Musical” is an amazing show which not only entertains but conveys an uplifting message to never let anyone stop you from being you. If you are looking for a hell of a lot of joy this Christmas season, then... Ladies! Gentlemen! And those who are yet to make up their minds! Get yourself to “Kinky Boots” one of the greatest musicals to play the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: "Cinderella: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto" at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall

Review: "Cinderella: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto" at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall

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. 

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Review: "Beauty and The Beast" (Qdos Pantomime) at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre

Review: "Beauty and The Beast" (Qdos Pantomime) at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre

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?

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Review: "Nativity! The Musical" - U.K. Tour

Review: "Nativity! The Musical" - U.K. Tour

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?

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Leeds Playhouse

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Leeds Playhouse

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.

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Dwarf actor slams role 'discrimination' - but another admits 'life's too short'

Dwarf actor slams role 'discrimination' - but another admits 'life's too short'

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.

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Review: ‘Jersey Boys’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Jersey Boys’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

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.

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