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Friday, February 17, 2017

ANITA & ME – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Anita and Me is set in 1970s and yet the topics, issues and heart of the piece are all remarkably current given the political times we are living.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Hotel Europe producer David Ralf by Helen McWilliams

When you arrive at Hotel Europe, where you’re from doesn’t matter. But your key could take you anywhere.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Flora McIntosh in Carmen by Helen McWilliams

Mezzo Soprano Flora chatted to Break A Leg about Carmen and what it means to be playing the title role.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BEVERLEY CRAVEN – Banbury by Helen McWilliams

I am not a fan of ballad singers as a rule, I certainly wasn’t interested in a slow and emotional number when I was in my pre-teens/teens, however there was one singer who crossed that bou…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Robert Habermann by Helen McWilliams

Award winning singer Robert Habermann brings the highly acclaimed His Way to Barking on Friday 24th February. His Way tells the whole unexpurgated story of the rise and fall of Frank Sinatra…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…The HIV Monologues’ Patrick Cash by Helen McWilliams

fter a critically acclaimed launch at the end of 2016, Dragonflies Theatre’s new production returns in 2017, exploring HIV amongst gay men through a series of interwoven stories.

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THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW – Shrewsbury by Helen McWilliams

To resurrect a legend is no mean feat, yet shut your eyes while you listen to Taylor performing and you would be convinced that you were watching the man himself or indeed somebody had turne…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Oh Boy! Buddy Holly was back in the room, as Alex Fobbester took on the role of the music legend and rocked the theatre.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

WHAT’S IN A NAME – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

What’s In A Name resembles a snapshot into every day family life. The witty, observational script combined with a cast who are all at the top of their game ensures that this production wou…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Simon Pollard by Helen McWilliams

Following huge success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, Throwback returns to Jackson's Lane as part of the London International Mime Festival. With awe-inspiring aerial and acrobatic work, one …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…The Tommy Cooper Show’s Daniel Taylor by Helen McWilliams

What are your memories of Tommy Cooper? "I simply remember him being absolutely hilarious – even if he was just standing there and not saying very much."

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Monday, January 23, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – Hope Theatre by Helen McWilliams

A poem performed as a 65 minute play and in the most innovative and inviting way imaginable, as a nifty two-hander interspersed with postmodern jukebox-style songs. Joey Akubeze and Anna Cla…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

THE SNOWMAN – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

The live stage version of The Snowman at Birmingham Repertory Theatre provides a beautiful, elegant and engaging light ballet version of the popular story and was the perfect January family …

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Gazing at a Distant Star writer Sian Rowland by Helen McWilliams

Sian Rowland has written a fantastic piece of theatre in the form of Gazing at a Distant Star at Greenwich Theatre which runs from 13 to 29 January 2017. Here, Sian tells Break A Leg all abo…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…the cast of Brains at Theatre N16 by Helen McWilliams

Following the sell-out shows Toxicity and Slight Delay in 2016, Thick & Thin Theatre present a brand new play about money, drugs and… zombies. WARNING: ‘BRAINS’ contains strong la…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Director of The Wild Party at The Hope Theatre, Rafaella Marcus by Helen McWilliams

I was delighted to be invited to interview the director of The Wild Party which is going to be staged at The Hope Theatre from 10 to 28 January. Her fantastic insights can be found in the ar…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Star of HE(ART), Alex Reynolds by Helen McWilliams

Theatre N16 has an exciting new production coming up, here’s the release and an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the show, Alex Reynolds: Alice just wants Rhys to help h…

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ top 25 performers of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

I’ve given some thought to the various actors and actresses on stage and screen who have ‘made’ 2016 for me, and these choices are from my heart and my head.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ top 5 theatres of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

I have never given much thought to my particular favourite venues, but as this is a year in review, it’s only right to give a shout out to some of my best loved spaces.

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Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ top 5 touring shows of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

Touring productions are the vast majority of shows that I go along to review, so whittling down a shortlist of the top ones from 2016 is no mean feat. The task has been eased somewhat as a f…

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Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ Top 5 West End shows of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

My year would not be complete without a spot of Masquerade and Chiquitita! Here’s the best of what I’ve been watching in the West End this year.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ Top 5 Off-West End productions of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

2016 has been the year that Break A Leg has been out and about seeing what London's Off-West End productions and theatres have to offer. I have adored going to see new spaces, places and fac…

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

SLEEPING BEAUTY – Malvern by Helen McWilliams

Sleeping Beauty in Malvern is most definitely my pantomime of the season. It has been cast perfectly with stars who all grasp the concept of family entertainment and the heart of the traditi…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

ALADDIN THE WOCK ‘n’ ROLL PANTO – Stafford by Helen McWilliams

With music ranging from Tutti Frutti to ABC to Wild Thing to I’m Still Waiting, there were plenty of well selected musical numbers which fitted the theme of each scene and the cast were al…

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Monday, December 19, 2016

ALADDIN – Chesterfield by Helen McWilliams

My second visit to watch the story of Aladdin told through pantomime was a spectacular experience, glistening with a stunning set, peppered with quick-fired wit and a cornucopia of musical n…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Sleeping Beauty’s Maureen Lipman by Helen McWilliams

The sheer fatigue of two shows a day is lifted by the interaction with the audience. Thinking on your feet, adding topical jokes reacting to their reactions is energising.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Actor Peter Prentice by Helen McWilliams

Actor Peter Prentice has most recently been treading the boards in Titanic The Musical, opposite Claire Machin, who is set to star in Robbie Williams' new musical The Girls in the new year. …

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ALADDIN – Wolverhampton by Helen McWilliams

Two talent show entrants, one Strictly Come Dancing star, one obligatory man in a frock and Doreen from Tipton! The cast itself was promising for this year’s pantomime extravaganza at Wolv…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

SLEEPING BEAUTY – Richmond Theatre by Helen McWilliams

My first pantomime of the season and what a start it was! I have not had the pleasure of watching a pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty, before, but this was a delight from beginning to end.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE TEMPEST – RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon by Helen McWilliams

An extraordinary tale of betrayal, revenge and sorcery is brought to life thanks to wondrous special effects and a strong cast at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Actor & activist Leila Crerar by Helen McWilliams

Stage and screen actor Leila Crerar is behind the charity Wifi4Refugees, which is holding a fundraising night of music, comedy, poetry, photography, films, talks and a live auction on 6 Dece…

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