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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘A twisting tale of solitude, doubt & indeed love’: SWITZERLAND – Bath ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In Switzerland, Joanna Murray-Smith has written an intricately woven script so intense that 1 hour 40 minutes without an interval is thoroughly necessary.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

‘Outrageous comedy moments, catchy songs & a cast de force’: SHREK THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

With a few tongue-in-cheek nods to other musicals such as Gypsy, Wicked and Les Miserables for good measure, Shrek The Musical has it all – outrageous comedy moments, catchy songs and a ca…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘You’ll not believe your eyes’: WALKING WITH DINOSAURS LIVE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Star rating: ***** Dinosaurs were on the loose in Birmingham last week and they were humongous, ferocious and hungry for an arena packed full of dino enthusiasts at Arena Birmingham. It̵…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Film Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you are looking for a feel-good film to take at face value and a good unashamed sing-along – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again fits that bill. There are also many laugh-out-loud moments and y…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

‘You’ll leave the show feeling thoroughly entertained’: DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE! – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The stage at Milton Keynes Theatre was stormed by dinosaurs – from the plant-eating Triceratops to the terrifying T-Rex, all Dino life could be found, in the capable hands of Explorer, Mir…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

A few of my favourite things… by Helen McWilliams

As an entertainment and lifestyle blogger, I’m always asked about my favourites, especially when I interview performers and creatives, so here goes.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘Cheryl Fergison gives the most memorable performance of the night’: LADIES’ DAY – Wolverhampton ★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you’re looking for a local production set locally with live music from Tony Christie, then you’ve got until 28 July to get yourself a ticket.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

‘It’s about building a supportive community for women & parents in the opera world’: Meet SWAP’ra co-founder Anna Patalong by Helen McWilliams

SWAP’ra is a charitable organisation founded by a group of artists working in the opera industry. The group has come together as a team of volunteers to build a supportive community to eff…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

‘There is not a weak link’: MAMMA MIA! – West End ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Do you need to be a fan of Abba to enjoy the twists, turns and laugh out loud comedy of this gleeful show? No! Even if you’re not a fan of Abba’s music, I wager that a trip to see Mamma …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

‘From the age of four, opera just became the thing I loved’: Interview with soprano Eleanor Dennis by Helen McWilliams

Soprano, Eleanor Dennis arrived on my radar when I attended Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral. Her voice is so exquisite that it still resonates almost a year on. Since then IR…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘Opera North has a triumph on its hands’: KISS ME, KATE – West End ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Kiss Me, Kate is full of moments, that remind you of the magic of Cole Porter’s timeless music when performed by a truly remarkable cast and orchestra. Opera North has a triumph on its han…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

‘A rollicking ride of a comedic opera’: FALSTAFF – Garsington Opera ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you’re not an opera aficionado, this is a perfect introduction to Italian Opera, the comedy element alone offers insight into the synopsis.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘The children are the most talented I have ever seen in a production’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Touring by Helen McWilliams

A captivating and energetic production that holds your attention entirely, throughout. In fact, I’ve never been at a show that seemingly passes so quickly.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘In a league of his own’: BRIAN CONLEY – STILL THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER (IN HIS PRICE RANGE) – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Catch Brian Conley’s tour while you can. If you miss it you’ll have missed out. It’s like watching Tommy Cooper, with a dash of Russ Abbot and a sprinkling of Morecambe and Wise.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

‘Brought to life with funny lines & excellent storytelling’: TARTUFFE – West End ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Theatre Royal Haymarket’s new production reimagines the classic Molière comedy Tartuffe in the West End’s first ever dual-language production. The play is adapted by Christopher Hampton…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

‘People wanted to go in & watch it all again’: The Band – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In essence you don’t have to be a massive Take That fan (but knowing their popular songs is an obvious bonus) and you don’t have to have been a teenage girl during the 90s to enjoy The B…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘Shows the reality of mental health on a person’s life & relationships’: IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Fundamentally In The Shadow Of The Mountain is about a couple, conceived in two people’s mental health struggles with BPD and depression, but it is also about what it means to be human and…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘It’s a laugh-a-minute comedy bonanza’: SOME MOTHERS DO ’AVE ’EM – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Does Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em work as a stage show? A resounding yes, the story lends itself to the stage and has been cleverly and intricately written. Joe Pasquale is not trying to imp…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

‘Hilariously witty, tongue-twisting humour’: MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM – Sonning ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you want a fun, light-hearted, albeit slightly complex belly laugh-inducing farce to get your teeth into – this is the one to go and see. I’d watch it again if I could!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

“Miss this show at your peril’: BEAUTIFUL – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Miss Beautiful at your peril, the reason it was such a success in the West End couldn’t be clearer and I for one feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have caught this show at one …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘An extraordinarily timeless piece of theatre’: BLOOD BROTHERS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Go and see Blood Brothers for yourself, it’ll challenge your way of thinking, make you want to sing along, have you crying with laughter and sobbing with heartbreak.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

How do you live with autism as an adult? As a mother? Interview with The Big Things director Sharon Willems by Helen McWilliams

"We selected the play for production because we were won over by the beautifully complex central female character, Grace. Through her experiences, we gain insight into the intricacies of liv…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

‘A fantastic opportunity to introduce young ones to the theatre’: PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE! – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Peppa Pig remains such a popular television programme for children of varying ages, that the live show has something for everyone, from a tiny age to school age and beyond.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

‘Try to beg, borrow or steal a ticket’: IOLANTHE – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Before the curtain opened, we were entertained by the sarcasm and wit of Captain Shaw (Clive Mantle) who appeared as the resident Fireman, his job being to undo the pyrotechnical mayhem caus…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘Thought-provoking’: BRIGHTON ROCK – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

For a fast-paced and thought-provoking evening at the theatre which simultaneously offers very real, believable insight into gangster life, Brighton Rock has it all.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

INTERVIEW: Fat Friends The Musical’s Neil Hurst by Helen McWilliams

Actor Neil Hurst is currently starring in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical which is on UK tour. Neil gave us the low-down on the musical that’s setting regional theatres alight.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

‘A theatrical experience not to be missed’: FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Fat Friends the Musical has got quick wit and northern humour, a cast who is as passionate about the production as the audience appears to be, and it’s got Kay’s Mellor’s life-affirmin…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘A superb theatrical production’: DEAR ZOO – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you’re looking for a family trip to the theatre, Dear Zoo is one of the best. As a first visit to the theatre, it’s definitely ideal for all young ages.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

‘Set to delight’: MILSHAKE! LIVE: THE MAGIC STORYBOOK TOUR – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

With two presenters familiar from Milkshake Live! and a whole host of famous faces from a variety of children’s telly favourites, The Magic Story Book Tour is a show set to delight.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

‘What’s not to love?’: MAMMA MIA! – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you’ve seen Mamma Mia! before, go again If you’ve never seen it… GO! It’s the ultimate feel-good musical and you won’t be disappointed.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

‘Every emotion is captured’: BRIEF ENCOUNTER – Touring & West End ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Directed by Emma Rice, Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter is a fast-paced, superbly powerful, moving and yet hilarious piece of theatre.

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