In a UK first the team behind Calendar Girls decided to invite critics to review the dress rehearsal and in fairness producer David Pugh warned us the show might be stopped if things went badly wrong.

Magic is all around in this production of The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s tale of love, loss, and redemption. The play is directed by Liz Stevenson and adapted for the stage by Jessica Swale.

Unapologetically nostalgic and gregarious fun, the wistful big red London bus rolled into Leeds last night. 'Summer Holiday' based on the 1963 feel good film starring Cliff Richard and Una Stubbs was adapted for stage in 1996 by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan with additional songs from Sir Cliff's back catalogue.

Real people, real lives. This uplifting production called ‘Songs From The Seven Hills’ totally took the audience by storm this evening. I will admit the show at the start was a little bit unclear and did have me slightly confused but the way it came together brought a tear to my eye.

The King of Pop lives on – well at least his excellent music does in this stylish, lavish and slick homage to one of the greatest entertainers the world has seen, Michael Jackson. It has been just over 9 years since the pop icon tragically lost his life – but this musical tribute to the legend ensures that although he has gone, he will never be forgotten.

Wow, tonight’s performance of ‘The Dusty Springfield Musical’ captured the heart of each individual sitting in the audience. The show touched upon areas in history which in today’s society is still a common problem for some. In front of our very eyes, the lady that was Dusty Springfield was brought back and the fond memories the people had of her, carried throughout the auditorium.

Buckle up for an electrifying take on Shakespeare’s historical play, produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions as part of the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre project in York for this summer. The play documents the Machiavellian scheming, the steady rise to power, and the ultimate defeat and death of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, known to history as King Richard III.

The ambition of this project is anything but little, and mighty fierce! The beautiful ‘pop-up’ venue, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre (which takes its inspiration from the London Rose Playhouse built in 1587), commands your attention. It is an impressive journey back in time to the Elizabethan era, with the playhouse constructed alongside local historic buildings, such as Clifford’s Tower, the Castle Museum, and the medieval City Walls.

As the Hull New Theatre filled up on Thursday night, mainly with children, the excited chatter got louder and louder in my ear. The main culprit? My sister, who has read every David Walliams book on the pretext of entertaining her grand-children - a likely story.

Joe Pasquale as the hapless Frank Spencer drove me absolutely mad on Tuesday night, when Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em came to the Hull New Theatre stage.

So perfect was his portrayal of the accident-prone husband, made famous by Michael Crawford in the 1970’s TV series of the same name, Crawford himself couldn’t have done a better job.

The Last Ship, music and Lyrics by Sting, first took to the stage in Chicago in 2014, even after Tony nominations and Sting himself taking over one of the roles, its run on Broadway was short. This may have been due to the lack of understanding in the USA of the labour issues in the Wallsend, Merseyside shipyard or reportedly, because of problems with the original Book itself by John Logan and Brian Yorkey.