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Sunday, December 30, 2018

‘Revitalised, re-energised, refreshing’: DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT – Oxford ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Dick Whittington & His Cat shows that the age-old tradition of pantomime is not only alive in Oxford but it’s revitalised, re-energised, refreshing and stands a good chance of attract…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘Sets the bar high’: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – Malvern ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Our pantomime season has kicked off late this year. However, the first of the festive treats that we’ve been able to attend has surely set the bar high, as a five-star extravaganza and per…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘An exceptional evening to bear witness to’: SIXTIES GOLD – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Sixties Gold landed at Symphony Hall and it was an exceptional evening to bear witness to. A number of amazing singers and instrumentalists who mostly made their names in the swinging sixtie…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘A delicious fairy-tale delight’: LA CENERENTOLA – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Rossini’s La Cenerentola makes for a refreshingly vibrant, light and comedic opera. Welsh National Opera’s latest production is a festive treat indeed just ahead of December too, perfect…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘It’s got something for all the family’: Su Pollard stars in Malvern Theatres’ Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs by Helen McWilliams

Actress Su Pollard has long been a favourite performer of mine, both on screen and in her various stage roles. As a pantomime villain she’s second to none, so I was delighted to hear she w…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Meet Mamma Mia!’s Donna & the Dynamos: aka Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham & Ricky Butt by Helen McWilliams

Collectively, the current Dynamos in the London production of Mamma Mia! – Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham & Ricky Butt – are the best three I’ve seen in all my years of watching and occ…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Everything I expect a Gilbert & Sullivan piece to be’: RUDDIGORE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

One of the few Gilbert & Sullivan operettas I’d not seen was Ruddigore and it’s become a firm favourite following the show-stopping production brought to Malvern Theatres by the Gil…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

‘It just has such fantastic music’: Lucy O’Byrne is starring in Evita on tour by Helen McWilliams

Musical theatre star Lucy O’Byrne is setting the stage alight as Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Evita. I saw the show in Malvern and in my humble opinion, Lucy is giving Elai…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

‘You won’t be able to stop yourselves from tapping along’: 42ND STREET – Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The glitzy, glittering, all-singing, all-dancing spectacular 42nd Street continues to light up Theatre Royal Drury Lane as a new Dorothy Brock, Bonnie Langford, arrives in glorious fashion.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘A joy to behold’: IOLANTHE – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe landed at Malvern Theatres courtesy of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and it was a joy to behold.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘Informative, fascinating & barmy’: AN EVENING WITH BRIAN BLESSED – Birmingham ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

An evening with the extraordinary gentleman Brian Blessed promised to be informative, fascinating and barmy. It was all of those things and more.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

‘It is a true masterpiece & the cast is treating it as such’: EVITA – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

When a show really blows you away, mentally and physically, it’s a rare and beautiful thing. Evita, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classics, has been on my radar for years and I have revie…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘Just long enough to capture the youngsters’ imaginations’: BING LIVE! – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Bing Live! has long been a favourite of my four-year-old son, Cbeebies being his channel of choice and the young bunny having been a frequent ‘visitor’ in our living room over the past f…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

‘One trip to see this show isn’t enough’: JERSEY BOYS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

This musical was adored by a late, great friend of mine so watching Jersey Boys for the first time, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, was an emotional performance even before curtain up.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘What 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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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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