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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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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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