Jonathan Mills

13 stand-out shows at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013

The interaction of art and technology is the inspiration for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which was launched in Edinburgh today. The festival’s director Jonathan Mills said that this year’s programme “explores how artists think about their world, mediated through technology”. WOW247 was at the EIF launch in Edinburgh on a snowy March morning, …

Theatre March 12, 2013

9 To 5 The Musical – review

Review: Anne Cox gives her verdict on 9 To 5 The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre, as part of its UK tour… Stories in the national press as recently as this week show that sexual harassment in the workplace is, sadly, still on the agenda. But it’s unlikely that any over-worked and under-appreciated office lackey …

Theatre March 6, 2013

Hit & Run to stage production of Kes

Hit & Run Theatre Company return to The Capitol Studio in Horsham with their production of Kes on Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 March 2013, directed by Michael Gattrell. Kes is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, which was made into the film Kes, by Ken Loach. [David Bradley …

Theatre February 25, 2013

Cal McCrystal directs Alan Ayckbourn’s Mr Whatnot – preview

He has worked with comedy stars such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and now Cal McCrystal is hoping to bring his flair for funniness to Northampton, by directing a rare staging of one of Alan Ayckbourn‘s plays. Ayckbourn’s comedy, Mr Whatnot, has not been performed since 1976 and the script comes …

Comedy Theatre February 25, 2013

Blackadder at Ferneham Hall – review

Interalia Theatre‘s production of the classic BBC TV series Blackadder opened at Ferneham Hall with an energised cast recreating four of the best-loved episodes. With Sean Ridley at the helm, the cast is set to challenge the audience’s pre-conceptions of the characters. Ridley portrays Blackadder with skill and brilliance that mirrors the excellence of Rowan …

Theatre February 20, 2013

The 39 Steps – theatre review

John Buchan’s action hero Richard Hannay risked life and limb to save Blighty from the evil scourge of the Nazis but he may have died laughing if he sat in the stalls of Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre this week to see his exploits re-imagined as a tongue-in-cheek comedy in The 39 Steps. There were one or …

Theatre February 20, 2013

Teenagers to stage classic Miss Marple whodunnit

Youngsters at the Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company are turning the clock back with a classic whodunnit for their spring production, which goes on stage next week. Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced, on stage at the Boxmoor Playhouse for a four-night run starting next Wednesday, February 28, is a case for Miss Marple, who has …

Theatre February 18, 2013

Sweeney Todd leads the winners at theatre awards

West End hit Sweeney Todd topped the bill at a theatre awards show by carrying off five prizes. The production was named best musical revival while its stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton were declared the best actor and actress in a musical at the Whatsonstage.com Awards. [Will Young was named newcomer of the year …

Theatre February 18, 2013

Copacabana at Kings Theatre, Southsea – review

Review: James George gives his verdict on a production of Copacabana by the Portsmouth Players at the King’s Theatre in Southsea… Having recently won the Guide award for Best Musical for Beauty and the Beast, one would expect Portsmouth Players’ follow-up to that magnificent show to hit the dizzy heights. Sadly Copacabana at the Kings this week doesn’t …

Theatre February 14, 2013

Dirty Dancing tour hits East Midlands – ticket details

At last the wait is over. Over 25,000 fans have already bought their tickets in eager anticipation of seeing the smash-hit stage production Dirty Dancing, which opened at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal last night. Due to overwhelming demand since the show went on sale last February, the producers of Dirty Dancing have had to add two …

Theatre February 13, 2013

Panto season isn’t over as Paulerspury Players stage Aladdin

While the county’s biggest theatres may have closed down their pantos for the season, for some amateur dramatics groups the fun is only just beginning. And the Paulerspury Players are promising a fun-filled script for their forthcoming panto, Aladdin. Penned by Steve Shaw, this will be the 23rd panto staged by the group; the first …

Theatre February 13, 2013

Ginny Davis to stage award-winning show at the Hub

Writer and performer Ginny Davis is bringing her award-winning hit show to north Derbyshire. Her one-woman show Double Booked comes to the Hollingwood Hub, the home of Chesterfield Canal Trust, on Wednesday, February 20. The show was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 and at the Buxton Festival Fringe 2011, being nominated for …

Theatre February 13, 2013

Equally Divided opens at Watford Palace

Ronald Harwood‘s Equally Divided gets its press night at Watford Palace Theatre tomorrow with the venue’s artistic director, Brigid Larmour, at the helm. It’s a family feud drama which pits sisters against each other and comes from the pen of one of our most esteemed writers (also responsible for the acclaimed Quartet and The Dresser). …

Theatre February 12, 2013

One For The Road – theatre review

If Mickey Johnston had not taken a wrong turn in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers then there’s a fair chance he’d have matured into Dennis Cain, Russell’s anti-hero in his comedy, One For The Road. Dennis is a maverick who has somehow ended up suffocating in suburbia. He’s depressed about life passing him by, about losing …

Theatre February 11, 2013

Maurice’s Jubilee – theatre review

Dying of cancer is no picnic but there is nothing morbid about Nichola McAuliffe’s life-affirming comedy Maurice’s Jubilee. In fact you feel like cracking open the champagne to celebrate a life well lived. I had reservations about the play before attending the press night at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. Both my parents died of cancer, the …

Theatre February 11, 2013

Theatre preview: The 39 Steps – tour dates

John Buchan‘s epic spy thriller The 39 Steps is coming to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre next week – but this time it’s played strictly for laughs. We’re all used to seeing the valiant Richard Hannay battling against the odds to save Blighty from the Hun just before the First World War but this tongue-in-cheek adaptation takes …

Theatre February 8, 2013
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