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Grease Regent Theatre

In this new production,  the original plot is followed but the dialogue doesn’t intrude too much into the music. There are around eighteen numbers,  with some from the movie which were not in the original stage show (notably “Grease” and “You’re the one that I want”) and a couple which Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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Sister Act. Regent Theatre

The story is the same, the characters are familiar, however all thoughts of Whoopi Goldberg are dispelled within a few minutes as  Burke  claims the role as her own and has a great stage presence. It’s a heart warming performance. She has  all the right ingredients, a rich powerful vocal coupled with Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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Mamma Mia

Like the 2008 film, Mamma Mia the stage show is set on a sun kissed Greek island and centres on a daughter’s quest to discover who her father is for the very first time. It brings her mother face to face with three men from her past on the eve Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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Evita Regent Theatre

Bill Kenwright’s  version of Evita, has some  new ideas threaded through it. It’s one of if not the best sung version of the show I’ve heard. Even the performers in the minor roles of Magaldi and Peron’s Mistress, Oscar Balmasada and Sarah O’Connor are both excellent.  The evening of course, Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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Cinderella. Regent Theatre Hanley

To many, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto.  Jonny Wilkes is  back at Hanley’s Regent Theatre once again this year, for his 11th pantomime in his home city.  He plays the part of Buttons in Cinderella and he is joined by Christian Patterson.  They have a wonderful rapport and are clearly Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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Sunny Afternoon Regent Theatre

This musical based on the music of The Kinks tells the story of the socialist brothers from Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave Davies, and their working class band mates Mick Avory and Pete Quaife.  It’s a tale of dreams and aspirations, complex contracts, volatile relationships and, ultimately, success in the face Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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The Commitments. Regent Theatre

This musical adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s 1986 book and successful film follows Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class Dubliner yearning to bring some life and music to his grey and downtrodden corner of eighties Dublin. Jimmy (played energetically by Andrew Linnie)  seeks his escape from dreary working life through managing a Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago
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The Woman in Black. Regent Theatre

An adaptation of Susan’s Hill novel of the same name, it is great to see this spine chilling play at the Regent. The story, much like the book, begins with an old and fragile Arthur Kipps beginning to read aloud his account of the terrible events he has endured. He is however, Read more…

By Angela Smith, ago