Unknown 5Henry Afton 30th Apr 17: Saw this in Cheltenham. Excellent. This thoroughly enjoyable production brings out the fun and humour in Rostand's great creation, whilst retaining the seriousness the theme (love in an imperfect world) demands. This is achieved through the addition of music (entirely cast played) and occasional contemporary references added to an otherwise faithful translation. Well done for bringing such a romantic piece of art to today's cynical anti-heroic culture.
To Sir, With Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham) 5Ashleigh 28th Apr 17: The show was great, a real great performance! The young actors were amazing and really held their own alongside the great professional actors. Matt Crosby did a fantastic job portraying Weston. Eden Peppercorn, portraying Monica Page, gave an outstanding performance. The piano was a great touch with some beautiful playing by Daniel Kenton's, Fernman.
The Railway Children 1Maureen Hounsome 27th Apr 17: 1 star for performance of the mother. It's the worst musical play I've ever seen.Music dreadful. Whole production over amplified and an assault on the ears.
Ken Dodd - The Happiness Show 5Stuart Jarvis 24th Apr 17: Sir Ken Dodd is a genius. I'm so pleased that the establishment eventually gave him a knighthood. Sir ken provides good British variety show. He's 89 and is a great British treasure. He has made thousands and thousands of people laugh during the years! He's my hero. We enjoyed his show greatly in Birmingham a few nights ago...and the theatre was full....and we all had a great time! Thank you Sir Ken and his lovely partner Anne Jones
Meet Tommy Atkins (The Blakehay, Weston-Super-Mare) 1Jim 20th Apr 17: To be honest this was more lecture than drama and consequently we never engaged with the central character. Could have been shorter and more pithy but in general needed fewer facts and more emotion ... shame, I have visited all the places mentioned within the last month and this play conveyed none of the feel of them, nor of the things that they represent.
You Win Again - the Story of the Bee Gees 1Mrs. C 18th Apr 17: I went to see this show on Easter Sunday with my husband and son at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. We all love the Bee Gees and they, in particular are very musical. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. From the outset Martin Spooner was poor and dreadful at trying to get the audience to participate. Basically no charisma and he is no singer. The other two weren't much better with Yvan Silva's voice saving parts of the show. Putting 3 men in leather outfits and dark glasses does not a Bee Gee make. I would have to disagree with the reviewer before me who thought the narrator lent something to the show. We found his delivery weak and the script poor. The dancers tried hard but the whole production was unpolished, amateurish and over priced for what we got. It is rare that the Palace get it wrong but they did so this time. We left at the interval.
Words..... we were lost for them.
The Little Mermaid (Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne) 1Gemma 13th Apr 17: My kids (3 & 6) loved the show. Luckily they are too young to understand the blatant and frequent sexual innuendo, and misogynistic 'jokes'. Not to mention a little casual racism thrown in for good measure. A shame because the cast were very talented, it was upbeat and should have been a fun pantomime.
Remembering Fred 5Pam Wilson 11th Apr 17: saw this show at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. All I can say is wow!! the music, the dancers (all of them) the singers and band were all first class. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who has ever watched a musical.
Running Wild 5Jean Palastanga 8th Apr 17: My 9 year old grandson wouldn't stop applauding at the end. He was totally overcome with emotion and just kept telling me and everyone else how totally amazing this play was. I absolutely agree with him and highly recommend it. Thank you.
Silver Lining 5Jan Isherwood 7th Apr 17: brilliantly funny play. Laughed all the way through it.
A Country Night in Nashville 5Lesley Carpenter 30th Mar 17: Great show. Fantastic selection of songs brilliantly performed by Dominic Halpin & The Hurricanes with Shelley Quarmby. Not to be missed. This show has something for everybody.
Escaped Alone 5jim 24th Mar 17: Absolutely loved it - brilliantly acted, beautifully writtem