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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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Thursday, February 8, 2018

‘Engaging & insightful’: MOMENTS & EMPTY BEDS – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The Hope Theatre continues to programme top rate Fringe theatre and Moments & Empty Beds, two bijou theatrical nuggets from Pennyworth, are no exception.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Wowed me so much I’m keen to see the production again’: GALLOWGLASS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Gallowglass, the world premiere stage adaptation of one of Ruth Rendell’s classics, has wowed me to the point where I’m keen to see the production again.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Exquisite, natural chemistry: MY GAY BEST FRIEND – Hope Theatre ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

It’s a real delight and breath of fresh air to see such a beautifully written and performed new play from seasoned actors. I very much hope Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs write and perform…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pantomime season is nearly over, oh yes, it is! What were your Top 5 this year? by Helen McWilliams

Choosing my top five favourites from amongst the pantomimes I had the great pleasure and privilege of watching has been really easy! Here they are…. oh yes, they are…. (I need to stop th…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions: Break a Leg looks back & plans ahead by Helen McWilliams

2018 – a new year to embrace new shows and experiences in the theatrical bubble I often find myself mooching around in. As I’ve said in my previous more personal blog posts, I ra…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

My Top 5 Productions of 2017 by Helen McWilliams

2017 has been a bumper year for Break A Leg, we’ve literally been all over the place in as many theatres as possible and loving every minute.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CINDERELLA – Liverpool ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

With a small cast of lead roles, an extremely able ensemble and a set to rival most of the pantomimes I’ve seen this season – it’s one to bag a ticket for if you can.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY – Rhyl ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

I’ve seen more than my fair share of Pantomimes this season – oh yes I have! I’m having a ball and I’ve liberally dished out the stars which have been richly deserved.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood (with Sandy Grigelis) – Stafford ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

It’s been a long time since I last saw Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood performed, and it was a very different incarnation to the Rock ‘N’ Roll version currently being staged at St…

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Sandy Grigelis by Helen McWilliams

'I just love the festive season anyway, it’s something which doesn’t take itself too seriously – you know what you’re going to get with a pantomime.'

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

CINDERELLA (with Alison Hammond) – Malvern ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

As pantomimes go, Cinderella is up there with the most renowned and the magic of the fairy tale has been brought to life superbly at Malvern Theatres.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: Stephen Beckett on playing the baddie in Jack & the Beanstalk by Helen McWilliams

He can now be seen treading the boards as Fleshcreep in Jack And The Beanstalk at Cambridge Arts Theatre and he’s appearing with a stellar cast. I caught up with Stephen to find out all ab…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

JACK & THE BEANSTALK (with Gareth Gates) – Wolverhampton ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Last year’s pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre was exceptional – this season they’ve only gone and topped it!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

101 DALMATIONS – Birmingham ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

101 Dalmatians – no easy feat for a stage production, one might imagine, getting all those dalmatians up on stage in one go with no unruly canine behaviour, etc. What’s the answer? Use p…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CINDERELLA – Coventry by Helen McWilliams

It’s the first pantomime of Break A Leg’s busy season – oh yes it is! What better way to kick start it than with Cinderella at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre?

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Monday, November 13, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Follies’ Sarah-Marie Maxwell by Helen McWilliams

'Follies has been an incredible experience so far. At 24 having the opportunity to work with such fantastic people and in The National Theatre of all places is so overwhelming. I honestly pi…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Actor Matt Houlihan by Helen McWilliams

Next year he’ll be treading the boards as Claudius in Hamlet, you can catch him in a web series called A Lesson Learnt and he also appears in a short film, Saving Me From Me.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE – Stoke ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Having reviewed The Hollow at Stoke Repertory Theatre earlier this year, also care of United National Productions Limited, and thoroughly enjoyed the exceptional staging of one of Agatha Chr…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

MILKSHAKE! LIVE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

This show has been on my son’s radar since it’s regular advertising on Channel Five each morning. It’s a favourite of his and the selection of programmes all meet with his approval, so…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

OUT OF THE BLUE – Manchester ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

It’s a brave individual who takes up a career in stand up comedy, however Sallyann Fellowes has just done that having left careers in both the police and as a nurse behind her.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

THE REAL THING – Touring by Helen McWilliams

The opening scene is set in one of Henry’s (Laurence Fox) productions, although that’s not evident until the action moves on from the set to which Charlotte (Rebecca Johnson) and Max (Ad…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blood Brothers: Sarah Jane Buckley is ‘my’ Mrs J by Helen McWilliams

Mrs Johnstone is the lynchpin in the story, there wouldn’t be a tale to tell without her, after all. The musical numbers that she sings are classics, from Tell Me It’s Not True to Easy T…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Congrats! Break A Leg nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Helen McWilliams

The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers and it is a way to show appreciation for the commitment and hard work that is needed to start a blog.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Inspired by Lewis Carroll, The Hunting Of The Snark is a musical cornucopia of delights, silliness and adventure. A fantastic show for kids and adults alike and engaging from beginning to end

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE WEDDING SINGER – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

I confess that The Wedding Singer is one of my favourite films, it is not even a guilty pleasure, it is just sheer eighties throwback joy and cast brilliantly. It definitely works though, th…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In my humble opinion, the ultimate specialist in farce is Alan Ayckbourn and nowhere is my point more finely demonstrated than in How The Other Half Loves. A classic, fast-paced, quick-humou…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Addams Family’s Charlotte Page by Helen McWilliams

"I’d not seen The Addams Family as a live performance before, not even an amateur version. I was pretty much unaware that the musical version even existed until the audition came along."

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Friday, September 29, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… How the Other Half Loves’ Robert Daws by Helen McWilliams

"Caroline Langrishe is playing the role of my wife [in Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves] and I filmed a Midsomer Murders episode with her last December!"

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Director of London Russian Ballet School, Harriet Pickering by Helen McWilliams

'The ethos behind this production is really the ethos on which the school was built: inclusivity, opportunity and the importance sharing the beauty of ballet.'

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