Theatre

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 […]

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 […]

SUNSET BOULEVARD

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Ward winning Sunset Boulevard comes to Bradford Alhambra on Monday 5 February to Saturday 10 February. It stars Ria Jones, who performed Norma Desmond at the London Coliseum and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard faded silent screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in […]

NATIVITY

NATIVITY

Nativity The Musical is set to take its place amongst the theatre’s best loved  Christmas shows. Based  on Debbie Isitt’s trilogy of film of the same name, Isitt has made a wise choice in transferring this  piece of “Sparkle and Shine”, to quote one of its songs, to the stage. The film contained around four […]

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Paul Holman’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk opens beautifully with an ethereal, fairytale set, dazzling costumes and stylish choreography for that’s what we have come to expect from Holman – traditional pantomime at its best. Sadly this production of Jack and the Beanstalk although its peppered with special effects and story-book sets lacks the […]

A ROARING GOOD SHOW

A ROARING GOOD SHOW

The West Yorkshire Playhouse has excelled this year with its Christmas show. This new stage production of C.S. Lewis’s enduring classic, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, can only be described as a theatrical masterpiece. For the first time in its 27 year history the auditorium has been transformed into an impressive-in-the-round stage. Director, […]

FAT FRIENDS

FAT FRIENDS

Kay Mellor’s highly successful sitcom has taken to the stage as a musical and is delighting Leeds audiences with its content. Although extremely funny and popular when it launched on T.V. back  in 2000,  Fat Friends – The Musical , comes over as rather dated and is certainly not the stuff today’s  major stage musicals […]