CATS set for 8-week run at Blackpool Opera House

Sponsored post: Direct from its sell-out season at the London Palladium, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2015 Olivier Award nominated musical CATS returns to Blackpool, for a strictly limited eight-week run at the Blackpool Opera House from July 9. Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, with an amazing musical score that includes the timeless …

Theatre April 14, 2015

Neville’s Island – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island, which is running at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in London until January 3 [Photo: Johan Persson] Team bonding – two words to strike chills into the hearts of middle managers everywhere. But there’s great comic potential when a weekend away with office co-workers goes horribly wrong. A revival of Tim …

Theatre Theatre Reviews October 22, 2014

Gypsy – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 8 Imelda Staunton has become the “go to” person to tackle larger-than-life characters on stage. If you thought her award-winning turn as Sweeney Todd‘s Mrs Lovett was a knock-out then wait until you see her in her Stephen Sondheim follow-up, Gypsy. The …

Theatre Theatre Reviews October 15, 2014

Taken At Midnight – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox offers her verdict on Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, which is at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 1 There are moments in Mark Hayhurst’s remarkable play, Taken At Midnight, when the audience at the opening in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre were left on the brink of tears. One man was so angry at …

Theatre Theatre Reviews October 7, 2014

Love Me Do – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on extraordinary apocalyptic ’60s play Love Me Do, on at Watford Palace Theatre until October 18. So, it’s the end of the world and we are all about to be blown to pieces in a thermo-nuclear war. How would you spend your last day? It sounds like one of those …

Theatre Theatre Reviews October 2, 2014

Next Fall – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on compelling drama Next Fall, on at Southwark Playhouse until October 25. Charlie Condou swept out of Coronation Street as sexually confused nurse Marcus for a new start in London (where the nation’s favourite soap thinks the streets are paved with gold). It’s a brave step for a jobbing actor to …

Theatre Theatre Reviews October 2, 2014

Let It Be interview: ‘The Beatles are timeless’

Celebrating the extraordinary legacy and songwriting of The Beatles, rock musical Let It Be is on in Blackpool from Tuesday September 30 until Sunday October 12. Paul Mannion, who plays George Harrison in the production, sheds some light on the high-profile stage show. Hi Paul. What preparation did you have to do to make sure you …

Theatre September 23, 2014

Let It Be: The spectacular Beatles show comes to Blackpool

Sponsored feature: Come Together and celebrate the iconic music of The Beatles with Let It Be, the spectacular concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits. Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band. Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings …

Theatre September 19, 2014

Sweeney Todd – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on an incredible production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, on now at Twickenham Theatre in London. London’s newest theatre last night opened its first full scale production, and what an opener – a bloody brilliant production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 17, 2014

Regeneration – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Regeneration, which is at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate ahead of a UK tour Regeneration, from Pat Barker’s gripping trilogy, is one two plays opening this month dealing with the relationship between World War I poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It nipped under the wire at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this week …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 16, 2014

Don’t mention the indyref: How Blabbermouth is not about Yes or No

The independence debate has enlivened the arts in Scotland. Graham McLaren, who has conceived the eve-of-referendum show Blabbermouth, tells Kirsten Waller that he’s not concerned with the binary Yes/No divide There was a time – in around spring last year – when it seemed like no-one was really engaging with the Scottish independence referendum from an artistic …

Theatre September 16, 2014
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