Peter Pan Goes Wrong Review

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre – until Saturday 24 February 2024

Reviewed by Amarjeet Singh


Mischief, the creators of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, now into its 10th year, are still wowing audiences with its guaranteed mayhem, brings us the rather delicious ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’. The gags in this production are aimed at a slightly more grown-up audience with its sauce and sea faring theme, yet it’s still cleverly crafted with its deceptively simple but ingenious premise: of a show that falls apart before its even started, in the most startling and hilarious fashion.

The story revolves around the Cornley Youth Theatre, attempting to stage a well-known children’s classic, Peter Pan. Its most definitely not a pantomime, oh yes it is, oh no it isn’t. There is in fighting, romance, affairs, terrible acting, props which appear to operate on their own. Sets which have not passed any kind of health and safety test and spookly self-playing audition tapes which reveal the true motivations behind some of the players.

The cast were outstanding, never missing a beat, running around the theatre before the performance had started causing chaos and mayhem and a real stir of excitement amongst the audience. Jake Burgum played Trevor, the put-upon stagehand wonderfully, who had to give more of himself then he had anticipated. Jack Michael Stacey played the pompous and highly strung director Chris to perfection, his breaking of the fourth wall and sparring with the audience was a delight. Matthew Howell’s Robert shined as the mumbling pirate and as the sultry shadow. Clark Devlin was brilliant as gormless, line-fed Dennis. Ciara Morris plays Wendy Darling earnestly which is the right balance in light of the chaos surrounding her.

Gareth Tempest played as suave Peter Pan, his acrobatic spinning skills were impressive. Rosemarie Akwafo made us squirm as calamitous Lucy who whilst overcoming stage fright encountered a series of barriers of a different nature. Theo Toksvig-Stewart’s Max is snap snap snappy, making the most of his roles of Michael and The Crocodile, but why shouldn’t he be…his uncle paid heavily for them. An absolute stand out for me was Jamie Birkett, she brought oodles of physical comedy to all her roles and was the mistress of the quick-change gag, smashing it as Mrs Darling, Maid Lisa and Tinker Bell, as well as having the most beautiful singing voice.

Simon Scullion’s set is incredible, revolving from scene to scene which amps up to a frenetic pace in the finale. Adam Meggido’s direction in the energetic, high stakes end sequence is an experience to behold. This show is packed to the rafters with gags galore and not a moment to be bored, just pure silliness and unadulterated fun from beginning to it’s explosive, and I mean explosive end

Cast Announcement! Todrick Hall in Wild About You – Theatre Royal Drury Lane


We are delighted to announce that Todrick Hall will be joining Eric McCormack,
Rachel Tucker, Jamie Muscato, Oliver Tompsett and Tori Allen-Martin in the new
musical in concert Wild About You, which is making its World Premiere at Theatre
Royal Drury Lane
on 25th and 26th March.

Wild About You is a new musical with music and lyrics by Chilina Kennedy and
book by Eric Holmes.

When Olivia finds herself in the hospital with limited memory, she must dig through
her messy past to figure out which of the loves of her life is her emergency
contact, only to understand that her desire to make everyone happy has left no
one happy. Through a series of realizations, she reclaims her right to be flawed
and loved in all her human complexity. However, as she regains clarity, tragedy
strikes, but that is when Olivia literally moves Heaven and Earth to reconnect with
her greatest love – her son.

Eric McCormack:

Best known for his eleven seasons as “Will Truman” on NBC’s Will & Grace, Eric
McCormack was nominated for four Emmy Awards and six Golden Globes,
receiving the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy in 2001. He served as a producer,
director and leading actor on three seasons of Travelers, for Netflix, and for three
seasons of Perception. Other series include Lonesome Dove: The OutlawYears,
Atypical, Trust Me, Departure and Slasher. Born in Toronto, McCormack got his
start in theatres across Canada, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival,
eventually starring on Broadway in Tony-nominated productions ofThe Music Man,
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and in this year’s hit comedy, The Cottage. Films
include Holy Man, The Architect, Free Enterprise and the award-winning Canadian
comedy, Drinkwater. You can hear Eric and his old Will & Grace pal, Sean Hayes,
on their new hit show “Just Jack & Will”. Eric splits his time between Vancouver
and Los Angeles and has been honored with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and
the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Todrick Hall:

TODRICK HALL – With over 9 million followers across several social media platforms,
Mr. Hall is one of the most high-profile and prolific storytellers in the world.
He has collaborated with superstars in every industry including: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift,
Ariana Grande, RuPaul
and Chaka Khan.

Since his namesake in a television show “Todrick” aired on MTV, he has been featured on a
dozen more. He has written, co-produced, and released seventeen studio albums; composed the “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland; collaborated on brand deals with Calvin Klein, Just Dance, Samsung, Skittles and Virgin Airlines; directed, choreographed and headlined eight world tours; and appeared in and co-executive produced Taylor Swift’s LGBTQ+ anthem “You Need to Calm Down”, for which he also won a Video Music Award.

Mr. Hall was in the original Broadway casts of The Color Purple and Memphis. He starred as
Lola in Kinky Boots, Ogie in Waitress, and played Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway and the West End. Todrick contributed songs to the film-to-stage adaptation of Burlesque, and will be creating the role of Sean in the world premiere this summer.

Jamie Muscato:

Theatre: Christian in Moulin Rouge! (Piccadilly Theatre); Guy in Once In Concert
(London Palladium); Enjolras in Les Misérables The Staged Concert (Sondheim
Theatre); Tony in West Side Story (Leicester Curve); JD in Heathers (Theatre
Royal Haymarket/ The Other Palace); Story Edward in Big Fish (The Other Palace);
Ben in Lazarus (Kings Cross Theatre); George Jacob Holyoake in A Subject of
Scandal and Concern
(Finborough Theatre); Jake in Stay Awake Jake (The
Vaults); Joe in Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Anthony in Sweeney
(Welsh National Opera); Nathan in House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola
Theatre); Eddie in Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse); The Light Princess (National
Theatre); Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre); Love Story (Duchess Theatre);
Jean Prouvaire in Les Misérables (25 Anniversary tour); Spring Awakening
(Novello/ Lyric Hammersmith). TV and Film: Chemistry of Death (Paramount+);
Darkness Rising (Channel 4/NBC); Pistol (FX Network); The Colour Of Spring
(Winterlight Productions); The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC); The Nun (New Line
Cinema/ Warner Bros); Cilla (ITV); Les Miserables (Working Title Films).

Rachel Tucker:

Rachel Tucker is an Olivier Award nominated Actress who has just guest starred as
Norma Desmond in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy
Theatre. She recently starred in Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld
Theatre on Broadway, playing the role of Annette/Beverley Bass: the role she
originated in London. Rachel received her Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a
Supporting Role in a Musical at the 2019 Olivier Awards and Best Supporting
Actress in a Musical at the 2020 WhatsOnStage Awards for her performances in this

An experienced screen actress – she can be seen playing the role of Siobhan
O’Hare in Northern Irish Television series Hope Street for BBC One.

Theatre credits include: Songs For a New World (London Palladium & Streaming),
Elphaba in Wicked (West End, Broadway and the London 10th Anniversary Cast);
Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York and
Bank of America Theatre, Chicago); Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate
Factory); Jen in John and Jen (Southwark Playhouse) for which she won Best Lead
Performance In A Musical in the Off West End Awards OFFIES 2022; Farragut
(Southwark Playhouse) and Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion).

Television credits: Siobhan O’Hare in Hope Street (BBC1/BritBox); Sharon Collins in
Informer (BBC1/Neal Street productions) and I’d Do Anything (BBC), where she
reached the semi-final stages for the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver

Oliver Tompsett:

THEATRE: Ramsey in In Dreams (Leeds and Toronto); Edward Lewis in Pretty
(Savoy Theatre); Shakespeare in &Juliet (Shaftesbury); Charlie Price in
Kinky Boots (Adelphi); Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Phoenix); Galileo in We
Will Rock You
(Dominion); Drew Boley in Rock of Ages (Dominion); Fiyero in
Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Phil Davis in White Christmas (West Yorkshire
Playhouse); Starlight Express (The Other Palace); The World Goes Round (St.
James); The Royal Hunt of the Sun (The National); Mamma Mia! (Prince of
Wales); Our House (Cambridge); Caliph in Kismet (Arcola); Harry Lytton in Over
My Shoulder
(Wyndham’s) and Tony in West Side Story (Canizzaro Park Festival).

WORKSHOPS: Ghost; The Wall and Hoods The Musical

FILMS: Chauncey in Showdogs (Open Road Films) and Jake in The Hard Way

Tori Allen-Martin

Tori is a regular in BBC 1 comedy Here We Go and was previously seen as a
leading regular in 4 series of BBC’s London Kills and as a regular on Channel 4’s

Further television credits include Mrs Sidhu Investigates (Acorn); Significant
(Hatrick); Plebs: The War (the finale) (Rise films); The Other Half (Ranga
Bee Productions); Flatshare (42 for Paramount+); Back To Life (Two Brothers
Pictures); and Pandemonium (BBC).

Recent stage credits include Samuel Takes a Break (The Yard Theatre); Then,
Now and Next
(Southwark Playhouse); Park Bench (Park Theatre); One Man, Two
(New Wolsey, Ipswich/Nuffield Southampton); The Season (Glass Half
Full Productions and Tim Johanson); The Hardest One (The Other Palace/
Criterion); and Hair the Musical (European tour).

The World Premiere Recording

The album was released on 17th November under the Broadway Records label. The
all-star recording includes Jackie Burns (Wicked), Kennedy Caughell (Paradise),
Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Rachel Ling Gordon (How the Grinch Stole
), Aisha Jackson (Once Upon a One More Time), Joaquina Kalukango
(Tony Award® winner for Paradise Square), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
), Eric McCormack (Emmy Award winner for Will & Grace), Jay
(Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Katherine McPhee (Smash),
Jessie Mueller (Tony Award® winner for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Alex
(Tony Award® winner for Shucked), Paul Alexander Nolan (Parade), Noah
J. Ricketts
(Frozen) and Lea Salonga (Tony Award® winner for Miss Saigon)

Wild About You Album Tracks:

  1. Floating and Falling – Katharine McPhee
  2. Bad Day Box – Jackie Burns & Paul Alexander Nolan
  3. Wild About You – Jenn Colella & Chilina Kennedy
  4. Gold – Jessie Mueller
  5. Fast Train – Jay McKenzie
  6. High- Noah J. Ricketts, Chilina Kennedy, Eric McCormack & Jenn Colella
  7. What I’m Here To Find – Joaquina Kalukango
  8. Without You – Kennedy Caughell & Rachel Ling Gordon
  9. I Wouldn’t Call It Love – Aisha Jackson
  10. Take Us Down – Chilina Kennedy & Noah J. Ricketts
  11. Dangerous Lines – Alex Newell
  12. Here – Lea Salonga

The album is produced by two-time Tony Award®winner Brian Spector
( and Daniel Edmonds, who also serves as the album’s
Music Supervisor/Director, Arranger and Orchestrator.

Chilina Kennedy (Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning actress, writer, composer, and
the Artistic Producer of Eclipse Theatre Company. She has been writing original music
for over 20 years and most recently contributed an original song to the new Canadian
song cycle ‘Til Then’. Chilina is the longest running “Carole King” in Beautiful: The
Carole King Musical
on Broadway, playing over 1,200 performances. Other Broadway
roles include “Annie” in Paradise Square and “Mary” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ
(2012). Chilina played “Dina“ in the North American Tour of The Band’s
(Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), originated “Phoebe” in A Gentleman’s Guide to
Love and Murder
(CT and San Diego Critics’ Circle Nominations) and “Binky” in This
Ain’t No Disco
(Atlantic Theatre Company). Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and
Whistler Film Festivals) and “Elle” in The Human Voice (OAC).

Chilina honored Carole King at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors by playing and singing
Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Sara Bareilles and Janelle Monáe.

Multiple award winner Eric Holmes (Book) has a proven track record of succession
both stage andscreen. Eric was a writer on the critically acclaimed TV series The
Good Fight
on Paramount+ for four seasons. His musical Fly More Than You Fall,
co-written with Nat Zegree, received nine regional BroadwayWorld Awards, including
Best Musical and Best New Work, at its premiere at the NOORDA Center in Orem,
Utah. His musical, Born Country, that he wrote with his wife Erin Holmes, received
a NYC workshop in 2023 helmed by Kenneth Ferrone (Grease Live! and the
Broadway bound musical The Wanderer). Eric has recieevd the David S. Hawes
Scholarship for his farce Nearly Departed and was nominated for the Otis Guernsey
New Voices Playwriting Award for his play Black Friday. He participated in the
LARK’s Writer’s Retreat and was a writer in residence at The New Harmony Project.
Other credits include Evil (CBS), Smash (NBC).

Nick Winston- Director & Choreographer:
Nick has over 100 production credits to his name, and his work has been seen in 25
countries across four continents. His West End musical credits include “Bonnie &
” (WhatsOnStage Award for Best Musical), “Fame”, “Annie”, “Loserville
(Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical), and the acclaimed concert
productions of “Chess” and “The Secret Garden”.

Casting: Harry Blumenau

General Management: Carter Dixon McGill Productions


More information about Wild About You can be found at







Opening hours extended again! The Olivier-nominated international stage sensation THE CHOIR OF MAN now in its second singsational year continues its sell-out West End run at the Arts Theatre, with new tickets released for dates until 29 September 2024.

Welcome to THE JUNGLE, the best pub in the world.

Here, an (extra)ordinary cast of nine guys combine beautiful harmonies and foot-stomping singalongs with first-rate tap dance and poetic meditations on the power of community.

Brimming with hits from artists such as Queen, Luther Vandross, Sia, Paul Simon, Adele, Guns & Roses, Avicii and Katy Perry to name but a few, this is a pub like no other!

An uplifting celebration of community and friendship with something for everyone – including free beer! Enjoy 90 minutes of feel-good, foot-stomping entertainment unlike anything else in the West End.

The cast members who are staying as pub regulars are Adam Bayjou (The Choir of Man – US Tour, Les Misérables – West End) as ‘The Hard Man’, Michele Maria Benvenuto (The Choir of Man – Norwegian Cruise Line, West End debut), as The Maestro’Ben Goffe (Hex – National Theatre, Snow White at the London Palladium – London Palladium) as ‘The Handyman’Luke Conner Hall (Bat Out of Hell – International Tour, Australia/New Zealand, Peacock Theatre, QUEENZ: The Show With Balls! – Coventry, Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour) as ‘The Romantic’, Mark Irwin (The Choir of Man – Korea, US Tour, Sydney Opera House, Norwegian Cruise Line, European Tour, The Commitments – Palace Theatre) as ‘The Barman’ withSam Ebenezer (The Mousetrap – St Martin’s Theatre, Cinderella – Sunderland Empire) moving from swing to a permanent role as ‘The Poet’ and Niall Woodson (making his West End debut) continuing as a swing.

Choir of Man International alumni joining the West End Company include Robert Godfrey (Choir of Man – Sydney Opera House)as ‘The Beast’with Seán Keany (Once in Concert – West EndChina and Japan, The Choir of Man – Korea) and Richard Lock (Original ‘Beast’ in The Choir Of Man – West End) to join as swings.

New cast joining The Jungle from Tuesday 12 March are Sam Pope (Bat Out of Hell – UK Tour) as ‘The Joker’, swing Alex James Ellison (Fiver at Southwark Playhouse, Glory Ride – The Other Palace) and finally music producer and bassist from Metronomy, Olugbenga Adelekan will be making his West End debut as ‘The Pub Bore’.

The on-stage band has Emmanuel Nana Kwasi Bonsu on drums, Jack Hartigan on guitar, Darius Luke Thompson on violin and Sam Tookey on bass.

THE CHOIR OF MAN previously played three sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and multiple sold-out US and European tours. Following its last run at the Arts Theatre from October 2021 to April 2022, it received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, and then went on to play in Coventry as part of the City of Culture Assembly Festival season and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show re-opened at the Arts Theatre in October 2022, and has continued to see many sold-out shows, with loyal audiences returning again and again. In 2023 the show announced partnerships with suicide prevention charity CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably), and Big Drop Brewing Co – the world’s first brewer dedicated to alcohol-free beer – as the show’s Official Alcohol-Free Beer Partner.

THE CHOIR OF MAN is created by Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, directed by Nic Doodson, with musical supervision, vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Jack Blume, movement direction and choreography by Freddie Huddleston, monologues written by Ben Norris, scenic design by Oli Townsend, lighting design by Richard Dinnen, costume design and associate scenic design by Verity Sadler, sound design by Sten Severson, casting by Debbie O’BrienTom Brandon (Original ‘Hard Man’) serves as Associate Director with Lee Freeman as Musical Director and Adam Hilton as associate movement director.

The show is produced by Immersive Everywhere, Nic Doodson, Andrew Kay, Wendy & Andy Barnes, Gavin Kalin and Hunter Arnold.

Nic Doodson said, “We’re absolutely delighted to extend the opening hours of The Choir of Man in the West End. Since first opening at the Arts Theatre in 2021, it’s come to be a real home for us and we love opening the doors to The Jungle, our onstage pub, and welcoming everyone in to share an evening of stories, song and of course, a beer or two. The new company that will be the landlords of The Jungle are an incredible group of performers and we can’t wait for not only our regulars but also our new visitors to see them every night!“


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Twitter & Instagram: @choirofman

Powerful and hilarious Fat Chance to tour the UK in 2024

Rachel Stockdale’s powerful and hilarious Fat Chance
heads on tour this spring
UK Tour
March – April 2024

Written and performed by Rachel Stockdale, this powerful one-woman play Fat Chance is heading on tour from 8th March, International Woman’s Day. This funny and honest production, directed by Jonluke McKie, explores Stockdale’s true-life experiences of weight gain from size 8 to size 18 as she rebels against toxic beauty standards and expectations, and takes back the word fat.

Stockdale (Scar Top, BBC Radio 4; The Black Prince, Netflix), a fat, benefit-class actress from Middlesbrough, explores her experiences as she fights against conformity and celebrates her own body in this critically acclaimed production. The audience is invited to dive in headfirst with Stockdale as she faces challenges on her journey to carve out a career as an actress, all while tackling diet culture, stigma and audition nerves.

Writer and performer Rachel Stockdale comments, It’s important to have authentic fat representation on stage and I think being confident and happy in my skin as a woman who is a size 18-20 is pretty radical. We’re seeing an increasing number of people taking Ozempic (diabetes medication) to lose weight regardless of the impact on their health and actors winning awards for daring to wear a fat suit and be seen as ugly (I have strong opinions on The Whale’s fatphobia!). As a professional actor I’ve been told by top agents that even though I have talent I’m ‘too Northern, fat and female’. Fat Chance is a funny, reflective look at my life and struggles to succeed in an industry that doesn’t want to represent people like me.

Fat Chance is for anyone who’s felt like they had to shrink themselves, adapted to be more palatable to others, put on or lost weight and been treated differently and anyone who’s had free school dinners. Fat Chance is an opportunity for anyone who feels they don’t fit to come along and celebrate themselves.

Previous praise for Fat Chance:

Eat your heart out Jo Brand, there’s a new girl on the block and one with a message to boot. -★★★★ The Reviews Hub

I’ve never felt an audience collectively hold its breath in sheer shock and anticipation. This is raw and this is real. – ★★★★★ The Crack Magazine

On rare occasions… you get to see a theatre performer who changes the way you see the world. So it was when Rachel Stockdale held the stage and audience… in Fat Chance. – ★★★★★ North East Bylines

The tour of Fat Chance has been made possible with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and in associated with Northern Stage.

Over 100 Edinburgh Fringe shows on sale at theSpaceUK

theSpaceUK announce over 100 shows go on sale at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024

Clockwise from the top: Death Becomes Us, Tom Hearn Live: How Fabulous is That?, Thots and Prayers

It’s time to bring a little cheer into your life as theSpaceUK announces the first shows on sale for the 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With over 100 shows are going on sale, here’s a quick peak at some you should definitely book early for

Double Fringe First winners, Xhloe and Natasha are back with the absurd brilliance of A Letter to Lyndon B Johnson or God: Whoever Reads This First. After picking up consecutive Fringe Firsts in the last two years, the talented NYC based duo are back with their brand new two-hander that explores the complexities of the idealised American childhood and the lingering impact it leaves behind.

Explore the revolutionary reimagining of Shelley’s Frankenstein in Cruel Britannia: After Frankenstein by Kristen Smyth and Ben Anderson, which offers a daring transgender perspective set in the tumultuous landscape of Maggie Thatcher’s Britain. There’s queer, political coming-of-age fantasy in The Sun King by Peedie Productions, which tells the story of a boy’s adolescence in conversations with the king of a magical realm.

The mysterious world of Charles Dickens: The Hanged Man’s Bride by Blue Orange Arts is a tale of suspense and intrigue, questioning what is real and what is not. Step into the tumultuous world of social media in Addict from Motovoho Productions, when a seemingly innocuous tweet goes viral, the relentless online trolls attack in this brand-new tale of revenge and self-discovery.

Death Becomes Us by Hannah Whittingham is a brand new drama that faces death head-on with confessions, music and an explanation as to why no decent death jokes exist. One Sugar, Stirred to the Left by Karekare Production is a heart-warming new musical play, where nurse Bronwyn finds herself commissioned to write an album by one of her dying patients.

Based on true events of one woman’s odyssey to escape Syria’s brutal war with her baby Hagar: War Mother by Amena Shehab is a poignant journey. Winning is more than eternity in The Gospel of Joan (Crawford) by teatrito where five women united in Hell face a high-stakes poker match dealt by the illustrious Joan Crawford, vying for a spot in Heaven.

Music & Musicals
There’s crimes, rhymes, and good times in the thrilling world of The Detective’s Demise by Grownup Playhouse. In this new murder-mystery comedy musical, a detective meets his demise at his own birthday party and trainee sleuth Molly Evans is keen to crack the case.  There’s a wild ride through the trials and triumphs of growing up in Essex in Trust Me, I’m from Essex. Buckle up as Lindsay Lucas-Bartlett takes you on a wild ride through what it was like growing up in Essex, being bullied at school, and everything in between. Five down the rabbit hole in the family-friendly adventure Alice in Wonderland by Nardone’s Academy of Performing Arts a brand-new musical adaptation of the timeless classic that’s packed with zany adventures, curious characters, and whimsical wonders.

Discover the remarkable life story of Helen Carte in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: …and Helen by The Coily Dart Theatre Company that features music from every Gilbert & Sullivan production and shines a spotlight on Carte’s contributions to the success of these famous operettas. Frankie Mack – The Vegas Showman stars the electrifying Frankie Mack. Experience a powerhouse fusion of charm, energy, flair, smoothness, and wit as Mack channels the spirits of Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé, and Freddie Starr. 

Night Owl Shows return with a packed programme of old favourites and brand-new shows in their inimitable style depicting the lives of some of the most influential singer songwriters of the 20th Century. Returning fan favourites feature 007 Voices of Bond, California Dreams, Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse, The Blondie Story, The Billy Joel Story, The Look of Dusty and The Fleetwood Mac Story. Whilst new for 2024 are 21: The Music of Adele with the awe-inspiring Ella McCready, The Elton John Story, and The Story of Sting and The Police fromAngus Munro whilst Hannah Richards premieres the newest addition to the award-winning Night Owl line-up in The Kate Bush Story.

Join Private Eye’s MD Phil Hammond and DrClare Gerada in Fifty Minutes to Save the NHS as they devise a revolutionary health manifesto with your help. Blending the silly with the serious, this subversive take on the challenges facing the NHS is supporting the charity, Doctors in Distress. Prepare to have your perceptions of pleasure dissected and examined in The Ins and Outs of Pleasure by Phil Hammond. Using a blend of science and storytelling, Phil Hammond helps audiences in safe and sustainable pleasuring practices.

In the whimsical world of AL! The Weird Tribute (and How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense) by Steve Goodie, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe join forces at the Fringe (sort of)! Packed full of laughter, surprises, and perhaps a touch of magic.

This fabulous new comedy from viral sensation Tom Hearn in Tom Hearn Live: How Fabulous is That?! whichfeatures an array of original characters alongside musical performances and guest appearances. Laugh until your sides ache with Antics Joke Show: Sketch and Improv Comedy by Up the Antics with their mix of sketches, improvising and non-stop laughter. 

And finally, don’t miss Ajahnis Charley: Thots and Prayers as the feisty twink navigates the challenges of Gay Heaven. Witness the HOMO, or suffer the FOMO.

Plenty of shows to pour over and ponder for the 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Paranormal Activity Podcast goes live at Richmond Theatre this March



The chart-topping Paranormal Activity podcast is launching its first LIVE podcast recording at the Richmond Theatre on Wednesday 6th March.

Join the newest member of the Paranormal Activity family, TV’s Gail Porter, as alongside expert guests, she explores the infamously haunted theatre to dig deeper into the stories of what goes on after dark.

Whether you are a sceptic or a believer, this live podcast recording is sure to send shivers down your spine and spark your imagination.

Melissa Mercury, a tarot reader from London who is fascinated by witchcraft and the occult, will be debunking tarot myths, and Spectrum Paranormal, one of London’s longest-standing and prominent paranormal research teams will be looking for tangible evidence of supernatural phenomena.

Come armed with your own paranormal experiences, and expect terrifying tales, audience interaction, surprise guests and hopefully…a spirit or two!

Book your tickets now and step into the captivating world of the paranormal!

Gail Porter said, “I’m so excited for this show! The history of Richmond Theatre as one of England’s most haunted makes it the perfect venue to search for signs of the paranormal – staff and visitors alike have reported spine tingling encounters with unexplained phenomena with the theatre’s walls, so we should be in for an interesting evening!”

Marcus Railton from Create Podcasts, the agency that produces the podcast said: “Paranormal Activity has been such a huge hit podcast so we wanted to take things to the next level and bring the energy and experiences from a live podcast recording to the fans.”

Macbeth Review

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – until 24 February 2024

Reviewed by Heather Chalkley


Director Richard Twyman has re-envisioned Macbeth with an intrepid and unique interpretation. Set in modern times, he nods to its relevance in today’s world of obsession, corruption and overcoming tyranny. The focus on the psychological and domestic landscape of the Macbeth’s, leads the first half of the play to be based in the dark, claustrophobic four walls of their home. The reframing of the three weird sisters is a testimony of the witch hunts that pervaded England, Scotland and most of Europe during the 16th century, when Shakespeare originally wrote the Scottish play. So much is packed into this new interpretation, it creates some disjointedness to the timeline and storytelling generally. One of Shakespeare’s best known plays, you do need to know the story before you see this production.

Full admiration for the cast, with no let up to the drama and intensity of the piece. The soliloquies by Laura Elsworthy (Lady Macbeth) and Mike Noble (Macbeth) are exceptional, giving you full bodied emotions to reflect the guilt, passion and psychological torture they are experiencing. Woven into the performance is the clear message that human acts can have supernatural causes. The bloody ghost of Banquo (Brian Lonsdale) is as chilling for the audience as it is for Macbeth (Noble).

The creative team create clever layers and atmosphere to each scene, using on stage and handheld cameras projected on to overhead screens, that form a natural part of the set. It allows close ups at poignant moments. It enables us to see what Macbeth (Noble) was seeing in his torment and no one else in the room. It supports us to envision scenes beyond the home of the Macbeth’s. 

The hope for a better future for the next generation is intrinsic to the play – if they survive! A play never for the faint hearted, this version will either incense or intrigue Shakespeare. The fact Will is not here to comment leaves me thinking, the director has cart blanche to not just alter the timeline but the script itself, perhaps condensing it for a younger audience. 

Donny Osmond Returns To Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Catch His Only UK Dates at the Edinburgh Playhouse This Christmas






Today Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are delighted to announce that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will mark the opening of its second UK tour with a strictly limited festive season at the Edinburgh Playhouse this Christmas. Making his first UK appearance in a stage version of the production, global entertainment icon and highly-celebrated alumni star of JosephDonny Osmond returns to play ‘Pharaoh’, who rocks ‘Song of the King’ in the iconic musical – and first major collaboration – with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse following a blockbuster week at the venue which concluded the show’s 2022 tour. Described by The Scotsman as ‘a truly heart-lifting show,’ tickets go on sale to ATG Theatre Card holders today (Wednesday 21st February) at 10am and on general sale tomorrow, Thursday 22nd February, at 10am HERE

In an illustrious, six-decade-long career full of dazzling highlights – which include selling over 100 million records, receiving 33 gold records, a headlining and record-breaking Las Vegas residency and performing to millions of fans across the globe – one of Donny’s most notable appearances is his starring role as Joseph in the US and Canadian productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Donny made more than 2,000 performances in the titular role between 1992 – 1997 and his iconic depiction of the much-loved character was committed to film in 1999. Filmed at Pinewood Studios the recording also starred Joan Collins, Richard Attenborough and Maria Friedman.

Donny returns to the UK stage, having most recently appeared in Michael Harrison’s iconic Pantoland at the Palladium, receiving accolades and stellar reviews for his turn as The Wizard of Pantomime. 

Donny Osmond says of his return to the show: “I always knew I would return to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Having starred as Joseph in over two thousand performances in this magical musical, I am now ready to channel my inner Elvis and assume the role of Pharaoh in Edinburgh starting this December.” 

Producer Michael Harrison adds: “Following the extraordinary reception the Edinburgh Playhouse and thousands of theatre fans gave Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the end of the 2022 tour, it made absolute sense to begin the new tour here and to ask Joseph royalty, Donny Osmond, to star as our festive season Pharaoh. Few shows bring the generations together the way Joseph does, and we are honoured to have an icon of the show join us to create a magical moment for families this Christmas, who will cherish the experience for years to come.”

Released as a concept album in 1969 – ahead of its professional premiere taking place in the Scottish Capital in 1972 as part of that year’s Edinburgh International Festival programming -the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the world’s most beloved family musicals.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is directed by Laurence Connor. Laurence’s credits include the acclaimed London production of School of Rock and the Tony-Award nominated production on Broadway, the recent London productions of Miss SaigonChess and Cinderella, the international arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and he is also the Co-Director of the new version of Les Misérables which has enjoyed worldwide success including Broadway, UK and US tours.

JoAnn M Hunter (who has 20 Broadway shows to her credit, including School of Rock and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) is the show’s choreographer, set and costume design are by the award-winning Morgan Large with Ben Cracknell as Lighting Designer and Gareth Owen as Sound Designer.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is produced by Michael Harrison.

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Double Feature Review

Hampstead Theatre – until 16th March 2024

Reviewed by Celia Armand Smith


It’s 1960s Los Angeles, and internationally renowned director Alfred Hitchcock (Ian McNeice) is hosting his exhausted and struggling muse Tippi Hedren (Joanna Vanderham) at his cottage on a studio backlot while they film ‘Marnie’. He boasts about discovering her, controls her wardrobe, and comments on her every move as though he can’t stop being a director, even at home. In a Suffolk cottage (which coincidentally looks the same as Hitchcock’s cottage) a few years later are Vincent Price (Jonathan Hyde) and his young director Michael Reeves (Rowan Polonski), arguing about the treatment of the star on the set of a new horror film called ‘Witchfinder General’. A same same but different power dynamic at play.

Hitchcock is known to have treated women terribly, objectifying and manipulating them, and McNeice adds a subtly to a role that could easily have been a caricature. Vanderham’s portrayal of trapped Hedren in a beautiful pale blue suit is tense and despairing, and we are left willing her to stand up to the horrible Hitchcock. Price and Reeves have a similar strange and difficult realtionship. Polonski is brilliant as the troubled 24 year old director, wrestling with mental health problems and authenticity in film. In contrast to the wired Reeves, Hyde’s Price is wonderfully disillusioned and tired, and just wants to do the job he’s always done while ageing out of an industry built for young people. The Price/Reeves relationship is the more engaging on stage, but I am gripped reading about Hedren and Hitchcock all the way home.

Written by celebrated screenwriter and playwright John Logan, and directed by Jonanthan Kent, the weaving in and out of these stories of power dynamics and manipulation is at times both anxiety inducing and awkward. There are beautiful moments of perfect synchronicity involving both pairs; at one point they are all eating around the table together but years apart, a seamless ballet of speech and movement.

Anthony Ward’s set is wonderfully familiar, with staffordshire dogs and moody decor, able to be located in Los Angeles and Suffolk simultaneously. Hugh Vantstone’s lighting dances around the cast, highlighting who is talking, quietly hiding the other pair when necessary.

There are elements of this production that are all at once laugh out loud entertaining and quietly tragic, but even in this economy, getting two plays for the price of one isn’t quite the bargain you think it is. The stories and the director/actor pairings are more deserving of space and separation, and more importantly the steadfast focus and attention of the audience.

Murder In The Dark Review

Festival Theatre, Malvern – until 24th February 2024

Reviewed by Courie Amado Juneau


Murder In The Dark is a deliciously odd new play that tells the tale of a lady who comes to the aid of some travellers when their car loses out in an argument with a wall. Though the house she deposits them in is cold and dank it’s an improvement on the outside weather so, at first, there is some blessed relief. That relief turns out to be not so blessed nor long lasting as they would have hoped…

The programme asks us to “spread the word (but not the spoilers)”. This makes sense as there are many twists and turns which are all part of the fun. But it does make it difficult to review without giving the game away.

Mrs Bateman, heroic rescuer extraordinaire, is played by the incomparable Susie Blake in a totally bonkers portrayal (I mean that as a compliment) that has just about everything in it, displaying her mastery of comedy, drama and timing. It was a joy to watch her character unfold in a commanding performance.

Tom Chambers mines a rich seam of confusion at events and frustration at those around him in the multifaceted role of Danny; driver of the car and former teen star latterly down on his luck. Like Blake, he straddles the dark and the light with an easy assuredness.

Our two leads are ably supported by a stellar cast – Rebecca Charles (Rebecca, Danny’s ex), Owen Oakeshott (William, Danny’s brother), Laura White (Sarah, Danny’s current girlfriend) and Jonny Green (Jake, Danny and Rebecca’s son). The writer has given them all a lot to get their teeth into and they don’t disappoint – I was impressed with everyone’s range throughout. As you can guess by the dramatis personae, there’s a wealth of subplots going on with all those familial connections and each brings their own demons to battle.

The set uses space with an inventive economy, providing us with some genuinely jarring, unsettling moments out of the blue (or the black). With the electrics on the fritz, it’s nice to see darkness play such an integral part in proceedings. I found myself spending a lot of time wondering just what will appear from those murky recesses. Max Pappenheim (Sound Designer and Composer) and Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer) deserve special mention for the marvellous effects they produced.

Rather like several popular TV shows (which I cannot mention for obvious reasons), if you like the oddball, quirky, darker side of TV scheduling with a twist in the tale this play will keep your boat afloat nicely. I enjoyed it though I did find myself flummoxed for long periods, wondering exactly what was going on – so well done the playwright Torben Betts for keeping us guessing. Rest assured though, the ending does reach a satisfactory conclusion.

An entertaining play that I would like to see again, I thought the ending was very inventive (I thoroughly appreciate that type of ending). Couple that with some powerhouse performances and this is likely to be a crowd pleaser (though perplexer). I encourage you all to brave the cold, dark nights to get out to Malvern and catch this play while you can – though do be careful on your drive home…