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REVIEW | Horrible Christmas | The Lowry

Christmas arrives at the Lowry in this hysterical time-travelling production by the Birmingham Stage Company and Derby Theatre in conjunction with the acclaimed Horrible Histories author Terry Deary. Created with all the theatrical elements required for the perfect family Christmas extravaganza such as slapstick comedy, sing-a-long and audience participation, Horrible Christmas is an excellent twist…

REVIEW | Sweet Charity | Royal Exchange

Royal Exchange have outdone themselves in their triumphant production of Sweet Charity, that faultlessly tackles the dynamic choreography and heartbreaking narrative with a striking performance from leading lady Kaisa Hammarlund. The 60s musical disguises the story of vulnerable young Charity, who is constantly getting her heartbroken, with powerful musical numbers and strong personalities. Charity is a dance hostess,…

REVIEW | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | UK Tour

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes centre stage as the Lowry’s Christmas show, with a colourfully animated production of the classic musical. With the iconic music by the Sherman brothers, it is a sensational family musical that provides immense humour and sparkle. When inventor Caractacus Potts and his children find an old Grand Prix winning car on…

REVIEW | Billy Elliot | UK Tour

After over ten successful years in the West End, the electric production of Billy Elliot has embarked on a UK tour, bringing the inspirational story of a young boy and his dream of becoming a ballet dancer to Manchester this Christmas. Billy Elliot still remains to be one of the best musicals on stage, with…

INTERVIEW | Mark Quartley | RSC’s The Tempest

For the RSC’s Christmas season, they’ve partnered up with Intel to create a revolutionary production of the Tempest, which uses motion-capture to project digital avatars on stage in order to enhance the magic of the performance. The production itself breaks boundaries with the innovative use of digital technology that heightens the production’s magic. The character of the sprite…

REVIEW | Love’s Labour’s Lost | RSC UK Tour

Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost plays around with melodramatic dialogue and exuberant characterisation to create a performance about infatuation. It’s a sharp play that centres around the King of Navarre and his companions, as they vow to never even look at a woman for three years whilst they complete their study and fasting. However, shortly after the…