The Play That Goes Wrong is a fast paced comedy which has the audience in hysterics for pretty much two hours straight. A play within a play, a programme within a programme, a thoroughly entertaining piece of theatre.
I have always been a big fan of Dusty Springfield (although for many years I though her name was Rusty Springboard thanks to my Dad), so I was very much looking forward to seeing Son Of A Preacher Man. With the success of so many musical interpretations of classic artists such as Queen, ABBA, The Kinks and Carole King I had high hopes.
The stunning Walled Garden in Reynolds Park, Woolton provided the bucolic setting for Shakespeare's tale of politicking and betrayal, with Mark Davoren and the Liverpool Network Theatre Group delivering a youthful and vibrant performance to juxtapose against the tranquil background.
Although I didn’t know what exactly to expect when entering the Empire Theatre in Liverpool tonight to see “Thriller Live”, I knew the show was based around the renowned music of Michael Jackson so it was inevitably going to be good. Featuring all of the biggest hits and more “Thriller Live” is a must see show filled with music, dance, colour and authenticity that creates endless vibrant entertainment that appeals to all ages.
The Big I Am is one of four shows performed by the Everyman Company this season and is an enigmatic, titillating re-imagining of Henry Ibsen’s classic- Peer Gynt. Robert Farquhar’s interpretation of Peer Gynt takes us on a journey throughout war-time Britain where we witness Gynt birthed from his mother and officially born a baby-boomer. The story continues to demonstrate Gynt (played by the very talented Nathan McMullen) as a care-free, selfish spirit, lacking any empathy whatsoever and revelling in his own ego and imagination.
A flurry of feathers, glitter, jewel bedecked female dancers are lining up for an army of eager photographers outside Revolucion De Cuba on Liverpool's Albert Dock. You could be forgiven for thinking you're in Rio.
Based on the 2010 film and centring around the Ford factory strike of 1968, ‘Made in Dagenham the Musical’, under the direction of John Garfield-Roberts, is a heart-warming show based on the true story of six women who in June 1968 fought to get their pay reviewed and regraded to the equivalent of their male colleagues doing a similar skill level of work.
What a pantomime - is it really possible for such a transformation, to make a cartoon film into a successful musical? Hell, yes! After all, if somebody can run the gamut from nun to doctor's wife to royalty... Princess Fiona has you wanting to google another word for 'feisty', and you're full of admiration from the beginning before even finding out she's played by Laura Main from Call the Midwife. Acting skills not in doubt; flair for comedy, singing and dancing equally amazing.
In Prescot, just across the road from where Mate Productions were staging their outdoor production of Treasure Island, stands the site of the Shakespeare North Playhouse. Due to open in 2020, it celebrates the town’s links with Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare, and I can’t help feeling that the Bard himself would have very much approved of MATE’s version of Treasure Island, given his own tendency to select stories and make them work for him.
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