Stoke-on-Trent was more than welcomed to the sixties last night when the all singing all dancing Hairspray graced the stage. Hairspray is the feel-good story of the gutsy Tracy Turnblad and her dream to dance on the Corny Collins show, the show tackles some very serious issues such as racism and discrimination, I think this makes the show as compiling as it is as these issues are still present in our modern climate.
The English Touring Opera Company (ETO) is the leading touring opera company in the UK. Furthermore, its performances at many venues including those where little or no opera is received, is testament to the dedication of this company in getting opera out to people who may not have experienced it before.
It may be 2018 in Stoke-on-Trent but we are transported to New York in 1922 as Thoroughly Modern Millie comes to the Regent Theatre stage. The whole setting feels very much at home in our cities beautiful theatre.
The Regent Theatre was buzzing last night to see Beautiful. With people both young and old ready to see this never before seen in Stoke show. The excitement was electric.
Now if you'd of asked me before last night if I knew a Carole King song? The answer would have probably been no.
Written by Henry James, the classic ghost story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house has been brought to the stage by Tim Luscombe and is currently on a UK tour.
Turn of the Screw tells the story of a young governess who takes up her first position to look after a mysterious and distant gentleman’s niece and nephew, Flora and Miles. She soon falls in love with the charming children and as sinister happenings begin, she is desperate but potentially helpless to protect the children.
The story opens to a frustrated TV produced Steve Binder (Benjamin Stratton) awaiting for Elvis. Elvis had just hinted to his band that he will not appear on stage. Binder takes a gamble for the sake of the audience and introduces Elvis. Shortly after this, the somewhat reluctant star emerges on stage. Elvis is played by Steve Michaels who from the very moment he appears, ensures the entire audience are very clear that this show is entirely about him.
If you haven’t seen the film of Legally Blonde then OMG where have you been?! The 2001 movie was the catalyst for this musical and fans of the Reece Witherspoon smash hit will not be let down by this stage adaptation!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you must know the music of the iconic band that is Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The Jukebox musical based on the story of the four men who started it all is currently on stage, at the Regent Theatre Stoke-on-Trent. The show is running its second UK tour after recently closing in London.
The theatre was alive with a certain buzz of excitement last night, a buzz that I've never experienced before. Thriller Live came to the Regent Theatre stage with both young and old excited to see the show based on the true King of Pop himself Michael Jackson. I didn't know what to expect from Thriller Live: a musical, a concert or a tribute act. What I got was a huge spectacle which combined all three elements and more. The show takes you through the entire history of Jackson's music, including ABC, Rock Wit you and Thriller. To name just a few.
Unless you've been living under a rock since the early 90's you will of heard of the phenomenon that is Take That, The Boyband that has been breaking hearts ever since. As a Stokie girl born and bred it's almost in my blood to love Take That, due to Mr Robbie Williams coming from Stoke.
‘Cilla the Musical’ is, put quite simply, a wonderful celebration of the iconic personality Cilla Black. From her days performing in the pubs and clubs of Liverpool including the infamous Cavern, to her relationship with Bobby and her rise to fame following her introduction to Brian Epstein, this brand new biographical musical tells the story of this much loved star.
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