Theatre

YOU COULD FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

YOU COULD FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Leeds Playhouse has today announced they’ll be hosting open auditions to cast young people to play the roles of Dorothy and the Young Ensemble in their much-loved family musical The Wizard of Oz opening later this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for young actors to perform in the first Christmas production in the Playhouse’s […]

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

It’s coming to the Grand Theatre next year on the first step of its first national tour – the smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Based on true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the story of Jamie New, a sixteen-year-old boy who lives on a council estate in Sheffield. […]

A THEATRICAL TRIUMPH

A THEATRICAL TRIUMPH

Few modern musicals have enjoyed greater success than Matilda. Tim Minchin’s music and lyrics, Marcus Warchus’s direction and Dennis Kelly’s book have combined to create a musical that can only be described as a  theatrical triumph. Based on Roald Dahl’s most loved children’s book Matilda, it tells the story of a little girl with a […]

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The prospect of watching a performance of Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in a former scene-dock didn’t fill me with seasonal joy. For one reason I dislike the works of Charles Dickens whatever genre of the arts they are packaged in. I know they are meant to be representative of   Victorian times and attitudes, but […]

BOURNE’S BRILLIANCE

BOURNE’S BRILLIANCE

When it comes to ballet I am a traditionalist’ I was nearly three when my mother took me to the theatre to see Alicia Markova and Anton Dolan in classical ballet. I have also had the wonderful experience of having seen ballet in places all over the world from Australia to America and back again […]

CHECK IN TO BENIDORM LIVE

CHECK IN TO BENIDORM LIVE

It’s brash, its brazen and at times a little blue but Benidorm Live radiates a wonderful feel good factor across the footlights. I can’t profess to be a regular viewer of this sit-com but over the years I have been what you could term an intermittent viewer, but after seeing the stage show I am […]

CHRISTMAS CAROL EXTENDED

CHRISTMAS CAROL EXTENDED

Leeds Playhouse is extending the run of festive family favourite A Christmas Carol for a further week. Opening at the end of November, this magical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story will now run until Saturday 19 January. It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds but the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of Christmas cheer, […]

PLAYHOUSE FORMS ITS OWN ENSEMBLE

PLAYHOUSE FORMS ITS OWN ENSEMBLE

Ten Northern actors have formed the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble, a  repertory company who will perform in a selection of productions throughout the Playhouse’s unique year-long Pop-Up season. Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “We have had an incredible month here at the Playhouse which was kick-started with the change of the theatre’s name at […]

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 […]