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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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

9 to 5 the musical is based on the popular film and features an uplifting selection of musical theatre numbers, an excellent showcase for the actresses taking the lead roles. This particular…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

This pub garden set version is inspired in that, for such a farcical piece, the surroundings lend themselves superbly to comings, goings and en route costume changes.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

JANE EYRE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s well-known classic has been reincarnated on stage and screen with regularity. So, with my in-depth knowledge gathered from my A-Level English Literature studi…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THE SOOTY SHOW – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Sooty is a television legend, so to be able to see him with his pals – Sweep and Soo on stage was a treat for not only me, my husband and the other adults in the audience who have also gro…

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

My best of the West End: Matilda, Aladdin, Five Guys Named Moe by Helen McWilliams

The West End is saturated with a cornucopia of musicals, plays and extraordinary theatrical pieces – it’s not always easy to know what to choose and often tempting to want to see it all!…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… 9 to 5 choreographer Chris Whittaker by Helen McWilliams

Chris Whittaker has choreographed 9 to 5 The Musical and here he tells Break A Leg all about the process.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

HMS PINAFORE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The story is straight forward, essentially a love story aboard a ship – with all of the love matches inappropriate for many reasons, but they seem to fit in a quirky way.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

I was fascinated to see how this would translate onto the stage, and I had an excited three-year-old in tow who couldn’t wait to see the tiger.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

BRASSED OFF – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Brassed Off marched into the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, and it’s setting the stage alight with uplifting live music City Of Wolverhampton Brass Band and stellar performances from a tight…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Railway Children’s Joy Brook by Helen McWilliams

I play the Mother, who unlike many women of the time, although respectable, is also quite bohemian in her thinking. She effectively becomes a single parent.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… 9 to 5 The Musical’s Pippa Winslow by Helen McWilliams

Pippa Winslow plays Violet in a new production of Dolly Parton hit 9 to 5 The Musical, which runs Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre from 30 August to 1 October 2017. I chatted to her about t…

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

DON’T BLAME THE BANKERS… $T00PID! – Canal Cafe Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid has one final performance at Canal Café Theatre, tonight! Book your tickets here: Canal Cafe Theatre Box Office Star rating: ***** 45 minute…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

KING LEAR – Shakespeare’s Globe by Helen McWilliams

Characterisation from each member of the cast felt natural, beautifully synchronised and there’s a strong sense of unity amongst the ensemble – even when characters’ paths are divided.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

CITY OF CHAMPIONS – London Theatre Workshop by Helen McWilliams

New writing can be hit and miss, however this gruelling sensation of a piece has emerged from the Theatre Lab into a production after just shy of six years in the making.

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ROAD – Royal Court Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Jim Cartwright’s script is atmospheric in itself, the personalities of each character who all represent a different failing of society are there in the text.

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