Friday, 18 March 2016

REVIEW: Hairspray at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

As I took my seat in the Royal Circle, I struggled to see an empty chair anywhere at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. Lights everywhere were rolling through the colour spectrum, illuminating eager faces around the auditorium in the build up to the start of the show. ‘Hairspray’ is one of the most popular musicals of all time, and the excitement in the audience was palpable.

‘Hairspray’ is the heart-warming story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and even bigger dreams in 1960’s Baltimore. Desperately seeking fame, Tracy sets out to become one of ‘the nicest kids in town’ and dance her way into everyone’s hearts on the hit National TV show ‘The Corny Collins Show’. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for super-stardom, equality and romance along the way!

Friday, 11 March 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Hamilton, Original Broadway Cast Recording

While at the moment, the show can only be seen on Broadway (for those who are fortunate enough to be able to spend up to $300 for a single ticket), for the majority of people, we are limited to this album to involve us in the musical phenomenon. Anyone who has heard it will understand the cultural significance. 

This is the first hip hop/rap musical to ever grace Broadway. David Cote of New 
York’s ‘Time Out’ described Hamilton as “a sublime conjunction of radio-ready hip-hop (as well as R&B, Britpop and trad showstoppers)”, and I totally agree. This cast recording is explosive. 

REVIEW: The Painkiller at the Garrick theatre, starring Kenneth Branagh & Rob Brydon

Kenneth Branagh’s year long residency at The Garrick Theatre has sent ripples of excitement through the entire West End, and with good reason. 5-time academy award nominated Branagh is the modern-day Laurence Olivier, as renowned for his directorial talents as his acting. His latest show at The Garrick is ‘The Painkiller’ by French screenwriter, director, producer and playwright Francis Veber, adapted into English and directed by Sean Foley. 


Thursday, 10 March 2016

REVIEW: The Last Tango at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

The Last Tango is and co-choreographed by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace of Strictly Come Dancing fame, along with Karen Bruce. This show is not just an evening of disjointed dance routines; there is a charming storyline woven through.

The Last Tango follows George, an aging man, as he looks through his attic and finds various objects which remind him of times gone by.  Each item inspires a flashback to his past, and all the special moments he shared with his true love. Beautifully characterised with Vincent Simone as the younger version of George, and Flavia as the love of his life, we can experience their first meeting in the 1920’s all the way through to their later family lives as they grow old together. 


Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shaun Williamson to join the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK and Ireland Tour

Further casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour opened at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.

From 4 May until 2 October, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, War of the Worlds) will play Truly Scrumptious. From 4 May until 21 August, Shaun Williamson (The Railway Children, EastEnders) will play Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst.  Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray), who currently plays the roles of Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst, returns to the show from 24 August.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Emily Atack to Share Role of Holly Golightly in UK tour of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

Emily Atack will now play the role of Holly Golightly in the UK Tour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s from 2 May to 11 June 2016, appearing at His Majesty’s Aberdeen, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Bath, Glasgow Theatre Royal, King’s Theatre Edinburgh and Wycombe Swan. She will be replacing Verity Rushworth, who has had to withdraw because she is expecting her first child. Emily will be sharing the role with Pixie Lott, whose dates, including the West End season, have been announced previously.

Emily can currently be seen in the highly anticipated remake of Dad’s Army, which topped the UK box office earlier this year. Emily stars as Daphne alongside an all-star cast that includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones & Michael Gambon. She is best known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the award-winning E4 series The Inbetweeners. Emily has most recently shot Iron Sky 2 alongside comedian Tom Green, and Lies We Tell opposite Harvey Keitel, Gabriel Byrne and Gina McKee.

Emily said of her new role, "I am so flattered and honoured to be playing Holly Golightly; to take such an iconic role as my stage debut is both incredibly exciting and challenging. I can't wait to get started and plan to have as much fun with it as possible. I'm very much looking forward to getting in front of an audience and going on this journey with them every night.”



Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry plays the title role in Henry V. With a wealth of Shakespearean roles to her credit, Terry takes on the role of King Henry in this new production as part of Shakespeare400. Terry is most noted for her numerous roles at The Globe, RSC and the National Theatre (currently appearing in Cleansed), as well as Privacy(Donmar Warehouse) and Before the Party (Almeida). In 2011 she was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ at the Olivier Awards for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Royal Court Theatre production of Tribes

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