REVIEW: Footloose – won’t change your life, but it will put a smile on your face

Footloose UK Tour – Photo: Mark Senior Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 10 May 2022 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★ Theatreland is somewhat saturated with movie musical offerings of late. We’ve had Dirty Dancing recently replaced by Grease at the cavernous Dominion Theatre in the West End. Both enjoyed UK tours before their London […]

REVIEW: Fatal Attraction – A tempting, thought-provoking thriller

Oliver Farnworth and Susie Amy in Fatal Attraction Tour Credit: Tristram Kenton Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 05 April 2022 Reviewer: Jo Neville Star Rating: ★★★1/2 When Fatal Attraction opened in 1987 it soon became the film everyone was talking about.  The psychological thriller terrified cinema audiences earned multiple Oscar nominations, and took more than […]

REVIEW : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – See the Lion and hear him roar

Chris Jared as Aslan (Image: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg) Venue: The Alexandra, Birmingham Performance Date: 08 March 2022 Reviewer: Ely King Star Rating: ★★★★ Many may know the story of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe from the best-selling books by C.S Lewis, or by movie trilogy The Chronicles of Narnia. Watching the stage adaptation takes you back to […]

REVIEW: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – oodles of potential

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Pamela Raith Photography Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 05 January 2022 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★1/2 Original new musicals are always welcome in a world saturated with reimagined and reworked classics. It’s rather timely then, that in a time when diversity and equality are being (rightly) […]

REVIEW: Cinderella – Beautifully chaotic, panto magic is well and truly back!

Cinderella at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – Production Image Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 07 December 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ It has been a long and arduous two years without the frivolity, mischief, and shenanigans that panto season brings. Last year’s festive period was marred by the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and ongoing darkness […]

REVIEW: La Voix: The UK’s Funniest Redhead – Rampant, ravishing, and rambunctious – La Voix is back where she belongs

LaVoix – The UK’s Funniest Redhead – Tour Photo by Chris Jepson Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 21 October 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★★ Rampant, ravishing, and rambunctious, the UK’s funniest redhead is back where she belongs, on home turf in her beloved Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. For seasoned fans and ‘la virgins’ alike La […]

REVIEW: 9 to 5 the Musical – Tumble outta bed and book a ticket…

9 to 5 The Musical. Louise Redknapp ‘Violet Newstead’, Vivian Panka ‘Judy Bernly’, Stephanie Chandos ‘Doralee Rhodes’. Pamela Raith Photography Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 28 September 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ Dolly Parton’s ultimate feel-good musical hits Aylesbury Waterside theatre this week. A musical with big hair and even bigger belts, 9 to 5 […]

REVIEW: Hairspray UK Tour – Just try and stop the beat – we dare you

Hairspray UK Tour Production Image Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 6 September 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★1/2 After a long 18 months, the stage of Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is alight once more. With the nicest kids in town, Aylesbury couldn’t have chosen a more vivacious and exuberant opening gambit than the Hairspray UK […]