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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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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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