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  • REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 12 June 2024 23:25

    It's hard to imagine anyone not being aware of The Wizard of Oz. Whether their introduction was to the original books, the 1939 film or as the inspiration for a smash-hit London musical, the adventure of Dorothy and Toto are one of the most famous stories ever told.

  • REVIEW: The 39 Steps at The Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 5 June 2024 00:24

    When someone says 'Hitchcock' you conjour up a very specific idea of the film or stage show in question. This production of The 39 Steps turns that perception on its head with a laugh-out-loud comedy based on the 1935 movie.

  • REVIEW: Come From Away at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 22 May 2024 00:01

    It's rare, with the variety of shows touring the UK that something makes you jump out of your seat in awe. That's not to say other tours aren't brilliant, just that you become so overwhelmed with the talent on stage that it takes something very special to stand out.

  • REVIEW: Sister Act The Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, 13 May 2024 23:50

    It doesn't seem like five minutes since Sister Act graced the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome. Now, with a new UK tour cast and high expectations, it's time for one of the most feel-good productions of the year to return to the second city!

    (L-R) Landi Oshinowo as Deloris Van Cartier and Sue Cleaver as Mother Superior.

  • REVIEW: Cosi Fan Tutte at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Roy Felstead at Sunday, 12 May 2024 08:37

    The Welsh National Opera are somewhat of a mainstay at Birmingham Hippodrome, regularly bringing their productions to the theatre during the Spring season - and amongst this year's offering is Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.

  • REVIEW: Twelve Angry Men at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 7 May 2024 23:14

    Following a recording-breaking West End season, this powerful production of Twelve Angry Men is back in session - and it's an innovative take on a production so reliant on situation.

  • REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast at The Dormston Mill Theatre

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Saturday, 27 April 2024 20:28

    There have been many great things that have come out of Wilenhall, including the world-famous locks industry, one of the biggest branches of The Range in the UK and is very close to IKEA!

  • REVIEW: Young Frankenstein at Redditch Palace Theatre

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Thursday, 25 April 2024 20:34

    I think I can safely say (amongst friends) that Mel Brooks is a comedic genius.

  • REVIEW: Drop The Dead Donkey - The Reawakening at The Alexandra

    Posted by Zyllah Moranne-Brown at Tuesday, 16 April 2024 23:42

    Drop the Dead Donkey - The Reawakening is based on the characters and backstory of the British television sitcom of the same name, first shown on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1998.

  • REVIEW: Unfortunate at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, 11 April 2024 23:48

    Having made its Brummie debut back in 2019, in the 200-seat Patrick Studio, the sassy, opinionated and down right dirty cast of Unfortunate - the untold story of Ursula the Sea Witch are back in the second city.

  • REVIEW: Shrek The Musical at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:05

    Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning film, Shrek The Musical follows, somewhat unsurprisingly, Shrek and his trusty sidekick, Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon.

  • REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Rose Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, 22 March 2024 23:51

    The sentence 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz' immediately gives you an idea of the grandeur of the production.

  • REVIEW: Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:20

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong brings slapstick, British humour to Birmingham this week.

  • REVIEW: Wicked at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, 7 March 2024 00:56

    Wicked is a Broadway and West End smash-hit musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It's based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel, an alternative telling of the novel and film; The Wizard of Oz.

  • REVIEW: Bonnie & Clyde at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 5 March 2024 22:35

    It’s the perfect story of love, passion, crime and justice set to a soundtrack of 30s glamour. Bonnie & Clyde is an evening of indulgence like no other.

    Katie Tonkinson and Alex James-Hatton as Bonnie and Clyde. (Credit: Richard Davenport)

  • REVIEW: An Officer and a Gentleman at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:31

    An Officer And A Gentleman is a new musical, based on the 1982 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr.

  • REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 7 February 2024 00:13

    Sometimes, when a show's been running for a while, it can become stale - but that couldn't be a description any further from the reality of the current UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

  • REVIEW: The Full Monty at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:03

    I'm fairly sure there wasn't anyone in the late 90s who didn't love The Full Monty. With an Oscar winning soundtrack and cast that hit the nail on the head in so many ways, the film version hit the big screen in 1997 and grossed $258 million at the box office. 

  • REVIEW: Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 24 January 2024 00:48

    This is my fourth time watching this musical - one which holds a special place in so many people hearts and which is a stellar example of new British writing that stands apart from its contemporaries.

  • REVIEW: 2:22 A Ghost Story at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 17 January 2024 00:42

    Some shows generate hype when they arrive in a city or perform in the capital and, on occasion, the reality can be less exciting. However 2:22 A Ghost Story is the epitome of a hyped-up stage-show that couldn't be more justified in its title.

  • REVIEW: Jack and The Beanstalk at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 20 December 2023 00:41

    In what seems like one of the purest moments of escapism this year, the star-studded cast of Jack and The Beanstalk are bringing some much-needed laughter to Birmingham this festive season.

  • REVIEW: Peter Pan The Musical at The Old Rep

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, 11 December 2023 08:17

    Whether you've read the book, seen one of the various film incarnations or shaken his hand at Disney World, the story of Peter Pan is synonymous with the childhood of most young people across the country.

  • REVIEW: Snow White at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 6 December 2023 23:40

    When the festive season comes around so, inevitably, does the Pantomime season. They go together like cheese and wine and tonight's performance of Snow White was equally as classy, high profile and delicious as that food combo.

  • REVIEW: The Bodyguard at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 5 December 2023 00:06

    The Bodyguard is the perfect storm of an emotional plot and an outstanding soundtrack - and it's visiting Birmingham this Christmas.

  • REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, 14 November 2023 23:37

    Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Making its Broadway debut in 1971 and its West End premiere in 1972, it's been widely credited as one of Lloyd Webber's all time great's.

  • REVIEW: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, 9 November 2023 00:58

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a stage musical based on the 1968 film of the same name. Having run both in London and on Broadway the show has undertaken numerous tours and still holds the record for the most expensive stage prop ever produced!

  • REVIEW: Murder In The Dark at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 8 November 2023 01:04

    Described as a 'spine-chilling ghost story, turned psychological thriller', Murder In The Dark brings a strong cast and an equally strong story to the Alexandra this week

  • REVIEW: Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, 30 October 2023 23:01

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong brings slapstick, British humour to Wolverhampton for one week only.

  • REVIEW: Good Enough Mum's Club at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, 27 October 2023 23:29

    First conceived back in 2013, The Good Enough Mum's Club is staging its world premiere in Birmingham this week - and as far as new musicals go, this is a shining light at the end of a very well-lit tunnel.

  • REVEW: Pretty Woman at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, 25 October 2023 01:28

    There's a huge selection of really great musicals touring the UK at the moment. Musicals that have a strong cast, or maybe an amazing soundtrack - and then, there's Pretty Woman...which is on the next level.

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