The Wizard of Oz Review

Grand Opera House York –  until 5th May 2018 Reviewed by Catherine McWilliams 4**** As the excellent orchestra struck up the overture with all the familiar song themes, I settled into my seat ready to be entertained and the Pick Me Up Theatre Company delivered just what I wanted. This production is true to the […]

Don Juan Review

Hoxton Hall – until 12 May Reviewed by Claire Roderick 3*** Molière’s Don Juan was scandalous and censored when it was first published. Nowadays, the exploration of egotism, hedonism, sexual freedom, religion and hypocrisy in theatre are all so familiar that it takes a very special production of Don Juan to make an impact. Sadly, […]

Sunshine on Leith, the Musical Review

West Yorkshire Playhouse – until Saturday 19th May 2018 Reviewed By Dawn Smallwood 5***** Sunshine on Leith was conceived 11 years ago when James Brining, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Artistic Director, was Dundee Rep’s equivalent and the production had won the TMA Award for Best Musical. The musical, written by Stephen Greenhorn, is probably better known […]

For King and Country Review

Colab Factory – until 10th June Review by Heather Chalkley 5***** What an experience! It began on arrival with a soldier outside the entrance, on guard and waiting to let you in. The bar is dressed for wartime, snug with lots of draped flags. You are greeted with 1940’s music and hosts in role, from the get […]

Lennon’s Banjo

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool – until Saturday 5th May 2018 Reviewed by Julie Noller 4**** It’s totally fitting that Lennon’s Banjo should receive it’s world premier in the theatre saved from dereliction, refurbished just a few short years ago and renamed after one of histories most prolific musical managers; Brian Epstein. Liverpool a proud city […]

Strictly Ballroom The Musical Review

 Piccadilly Theatre Booking to 20 October Reviewed by Claire Roderick 4**** Love is in the air at the Piccadilly Theatre, as the cutthroat world of amateur dance sport has arrived in a whirlwind of frills, fake tans and sequins – so many sequins! Baz Luhrmann’s iconic and much-loved film is a hard act to follow, […]

Hairspray Review

Hull New Theatre until 28th April 2018 Reviewed by Catherine McWilliams 5***** Wow just wow! I was totally blown away by this production of Hairspray at Hull New Theatre, what a hugely talented cast, richly deserving of their standing ovation from the audience. From the start the energy levels were incredible and at the interval […]

Henry James’ Turn of the Screw Review

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – until 28 April Reviewed by Heather Chalkley 4**** Many debates and articles have been written about Turn of the Screw. Are the apparitions real or imagined? Has the children’s isolation from society caused a seemingly unhealthy balance in relationships, between brother and sister, upper and lower classes? This is a ghost […]

Moormaid Review

Arcola Theatre – until 19 May Reviewed by Claire Roderick 3*** Art professor Melissa’s (Sarah Alles) life is stagnating. She cannot paint and seems to survive on a diet of whisky and walnuts. On the night that she decides to end it all, she is interrupted by the arrival of former student Mehdi (Moe Bar-El). […]