Theatre

MISS SAIGON

MISS SAIGON

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon is coming to The Alhambra, Bradford for a season. A recent smash hit in the West End and on Broadway, this epic production with a company of 60 lands at the theatre on 19 September until the 20th October. In the last days of […]

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

The buzz word in theatre today is adaptation and ninety per cent of the shows I review, and I review a lot, fall into this category. Normally I have seen the film or read the book ,whatever genre I may be reviewing, but I hadn’t read Paula Hawkins novel or seen the subsequent film. I […]

BRILLIANT SUNSHINE ON THE LEITH

BRILLIANT SUNSHINE ON THE LEITH

There’s an old showbiz saying that goes ‘always send ‘em away wanting more’ and that is true of West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director, James Brining inspired choice of Sunshine on the Leith as  the production that sees the Quarry Theatre close its doors for a year for major renovations to take place. As a theatre […]

BOOK EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

BOOK EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

This Christmas will see J.M. Barrie’s magical story of Peter Pan brought to life in gigantic proportions on some of the biggest stages in the country. Starring Martin Kemp and Milton Jones, Peter Pan – The Arena Adventure will play at  Leeds First Direct Arena between 21-23 December. Reprising his role as the ultimate baddie […]

HARD TIMES

HARD TIMES

Following the success of For Love or Money and Cyrano, Northern Broadsides are returning to West Yorkshire Playhouse this May with Deborah McAndrew’s witty new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times. Transporting the Playhouse back to the 1854 Northern Powerhouse, Hard Times sees the vibrant, joyful Sleary’s circus interrupt the dark landscape of the […]

GERSHWIN’S MUSICAL REVIVAL

GERSHWIN’S MUSICAL REVIVAL

Crazy For You is a celebration of George and Ira Gershwin’s music and with  its visual glitz and glamour  revives the spirit of the 30’s musical. Starting life as a musical in 1930 titled Girl Crazy, the 40’s saw it take to the big screen.  The 90’s saw the musical re-invented  and using five of […]

WHAT A FEELING

WHAT A FEELING

To transfer an iconic film of the 80’s to a stage musical is no easy task especially when the story is predictable and has little nor no substance. First staged 10 years ago, Selladoor’s  production , a re-invention of the original musical , at The Alhambra  has its highs and lows. An energetic and exuberant […]

MATILDA THE MUSICAL

MATILDA THE MUSICAL

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that the UK and Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical is coming to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 19 February – 23 March 2019 and is the only Yorkshire venue on the tour. Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and […]

WICKED DEFIES GRAVITY

WICKED DEFIES GRAVITY

WICKED once again cast its spell over Leeds, when Elphaba defied gravity atop the iconic Clock Tower at Leeds Town Hall as part of a special launch event to mark the forthcoming return of the spectacular UK & Ireland Tour to Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 13 June to Saturday 7 July 2018. One of […]

WITH ONE LOOK….

WITH ONE LOOK….

It is very rare these days to see musicals on tour that  deliver five star excellence from  both the cast and creatives, but Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard at The Alhambra this week certainly does that. Based on American filmmaker Billy Wilder’s 1950’s award winning film, it tells the story of Norma Desmond, a […]