Following a remarkable rise to international success, the multi award winning Mischief Theatre company return to the Lyceum with Peter Pan Goes Wrong and if you have been lucky enough to see any of their other productions and liked them then this is definitely one to add to your ‘must see’ list. You’ll know what to expect and you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Cavalleria rusticana and Aleko, two notionally different operas, have been intimately linked in Opera North's excellent new production.
Cluedo has been a stalwart of family life since the Hasbro board game -which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2024 - was launched at the end of the 40s. Then, in 1985, Clue, The Movie, directed and written by Jonathan Lynn, was a big hit when it was released. Fast forward to 2022 and a stage production of the film, based on Lynn’s original script, toured the UK.
Thirty years since the launch of the unprecedented, comedy smash-hit Channel 4 TV series, the Globelink News team are back for the first time bursting onto the stage with their original and razor-sharp wit, classic British humour and of course, their unique and topical comments on the news items of the day.
It makes sense to ask Paul Crewes exactly what his title as York Theatre Royal’s new Chief Executive means. After all, times are changing behind the scenes in the theatre world. The role of Artistic Director is an endangered species as theatres adopt new management structures and titles like chief executive to adapt in a post-covid, financially-precarious, inflationary world.
An opera, ballet, film, musical, or even a cartoon of Cinderella is one of the most loved-to-riches tales. Andrew Pollard’s excellent script is pure traditional pantomime, played as it should be, with some lovely Yorkshire touches.
Young people and children from The Percy Hedley Foundation are realising their dreams after getting a chance to create a live performance at Live Theatre in Newcastle.
There was a tidal wave of warm emotion as we all stepped aboard to enjoy Berwick Kaler and the Gang’s panto “Rubbish” at Grand Opera House, York, on December 14th, and it felt like a family reunion. There was a wonderful build-up of anticipation about seeing York’s best-loved dame.
I don’t know whether folk do ever dream of a white Christmas but in the world of Irving Berlin at Christmas time, reality can be temporarily suspended for us all to dream and hope for better things and this wonderful musical certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to making everyone feel happy and positive about life.
Writer Paul Hendy from Evolution has teamed up once again with Director Juliet Forster from York Theatre Royal to produce their third pantomime together, Jack and the Beanstalk, which promised to be a Fe-Fi-Fun extravaganza for all the family.
It’s back and it’s been well worth waiting for, I am of course talking about the traditional Christmas pantomime at the Sheffield Lyceum, which this year is Beauty and the Beast. Once again, written, directed and produced by Paul Hendy, it doesn’t disappoint as there is something to please all ages, even the grumpiest of Christmas scrooges won’t be able to resist a sneaky smile or a gigg…
The team behind the 'Official Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Fan Site' is pleased to announce their largest-ever live event in celebration of 40 years of television’s premier award-winning comedy drama series.
Growing up in India and Hong Kong, EastEnders and Goodness Gracious Me star Nina Wadia didn’t have the chance to see that peculiarly British form of Christmas theatre called pantomime. No wonder she was taken aback when she auditioned for what became her first job after drama school – a pantomime version of Robin Hood at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
When is a pantomime not a pantomime? Perhaps, before trying to answer this, I should try to define what a pantomime is. It seems to be a form of family entertainment peculiar to the English-speaking world and consisting of a story line, usually based on a folk tale or myth, with song, dance, topical jokes, slapstick, and audience participation.
Every production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! will forever live in the shadow of 1968 when Carol Reed’s movie of the same name won a clutch of Oscars and, in doing so, embedded the likes of Ron Moody and Oliver Reed into our psyches for ever.
A mini-picket on the door of Leeds Grand is not the usual reception we might expect as Northern Ballet's Nutcracker returns this winter. Like a true perennial, the ballet itself pops with colour, joy, vivacity, and downright goodness.
The promotional material describes a ‘riotous double bill’, and it is not wrong. The performance was exactly what was described on the tin, so to speak. This is a traditional British farce with many misunderstandings, numerous comings and goings and as ever, a scantily clad female.
Back by popular demand, our budding journalists from Brackenfield School visited Dick Whittington at Harrogate Theatre for their annual pantomime trip. This is what they thought... We were accompanied to this thoroughly entertaining performance of Dick Whittington by over 100 school children from Brackenfield School. OH YES, WE WERE!
Youth arts organisation The National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) has announced its shows for its 2024 summer season, and dates for audition workshops, to be held across the UK in January and February. The search is on for dynamic performers from all backgrounds, aged 10-23, to join the 2024 NYMT company.
It has been a long time since I saw anything like You Heard Me. I am sure that writer and performer Luca Rutherford must have had radical/experimental theatre of the last century in mind when she devised this drama. The evidence is: direct confrontation with the audience/no fourth wall; apparently random action; music, lighting, costume, and props fused into a strange singularity.
An Evening With Anton Du Beke came to York Theatre Royal for one night only on Monday, November 6, and as the audience began to arrive, it was soon very clear that Anton has fans of all ages, from the very young to the very old, and all were full of anticipation at the thought of seeing him bring the magic of ballroom to the stage; his glossy souvenir programmes were selling like hot cakes.
I had always promised myself that I would read the book, but never quite got around to it; the film somehow inexplicably passed me by, so my first taste of ‘Pi’ was to be the live theatre, and I was enthralled. The experience was moving as we watched a young man fight for survival while trying to come to terms with what faith meant to him.
Robin Simpson is playing Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal from December 8 to January 7 he took time out of his schedule to answer a few questions
The ‘Creature’ of the title seems to be the Fin Whale washed up on a Bridlington beach in May this year. Extending the metaphor, it also represents the two (or is it three?) characters portrayed on stage. Unfortunately, I found the bickering less majestic, and I was not alone; the couple sitting next to me departed at the interval.
David Jays discusses with Tracy-Ann Oberman the original Merchant of Venice and linking it to the battle of Cable Street as well as the relevance of the show in present day. “The women in my family were as tough as nails.” Tracy-Ann Oberman is herself no stranger to tough cookies – she’s a formidable actor on stage and screen.
Four theatre companies in the North have announced a unique collaboration to support young people to develop their playwriting skills. The project will focus on reaching young people in places that have often been overlooked, inspiring them to explore and reflect on their experience of growing up in their hometowns.
There’s something sinister and compelling about knowing that everyone in the cast is about to be murdered - especially without the presence of a famous detective to bring the killer to justice. The age-old plot of And Then There Were None, based on Agatha Christie’s best-selling crime novel of was portentous and gripping.
Written in the 1970’s by lyricist Martin Charnin, and based upon the book The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie. Annie’ is set in New York immediately following the great depression of the 1930’s when mass unemployment made for tough times for all. Annie tells the tale of a spirited, young orphan forced to live a miserable existence in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.
The Hypochondriac alternatively known as ‘The Would-Be Invalid’ premiered in 1673 in Paris. A satirical comedy, written during the reign of the Sun King, Louis X1V, which pokes fun at the medical practitioners of the day who were frequently as greedy and as pompous as they were inept, but nonetheless charged heavily for their services.
The critically-acclaimed kids game show Blue Badge Bunch is coming to Theatre Deli Sheffield on Saturday 7th October as part of its 2023 UK tour, fresh off the back of a hit Edinburgh Fringe run at The Pleasance.