REVIEW: Rock of Ages – A Gloriously Bonkers Glam Rock Musical

Rock of Ages UK Tour – Production Image Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Performance Date: 24 May 2022 Reviewer: Jo Neville Star Rating: ★★★★ Who can forget the big hair and the even bigger power ballads of the 1980s?  Songs with stonking guitar riffs and hefty dollops of emotional angst delivered by leather-clad bands such as Whitesnake, Poison and Europe.  […]

REVIEW: Sister Act is an uplifting show that everyone could do with a dose of

Venue: Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke Performance Date: 18 May 2022 Reviewer: Leyla Demirel Following the rehearsal of Basingstoke Amateur Theatre Society’s (BATS) Sister Act, I was looking forward to seeing the finished show. And it provided the fun, high energy and laugh a minute show everyone could do with a dose with from time to time. Under […]

REVIEW: Waitress – An utterly charming production, & a rom-com with a difference

Wendy Mae Brown ‘Becky’, Chelsea Halfpenny ‘Jenna’ and Evelyn Hoskins ‘Dawn’. Photo Johan Persson Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome Performance Date: 17 May 2022 Reviewer: Alex Birch Star Rating: ★★★★★ Based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie film of the same name, Waitress is a rom-com musical about an underappreciated pie chef, Jenna (Chelsea Halfpenny), who spends her days […]

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 – Cluedo:  A barmy night of murder mystery high jinks

Cluedo Production Image – 2022 UK Tour Credit Craig Sugden Venue: The Alexandra, Birmingham Performance Date: 03 May 2022 Reviewer: Alex Birch Star Rating: ★★★★ Debuting last month at Bath’s Theatre Royal, Cluedo is a new offering from Mark Bell, the director of The Play That Goes Wrong. This week, it’s playing at Birmingham’s beloved Alexandra Theatre until Saturday. […]

REVIEW: Les Misérables – Stirring, empowering, heart-breaking, and rousing

Les Misérables TOUR. The Company. Photo Danny Kaan Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 29 April 2022 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★1/2 There are few musicals that truly stand the test of time, certainly not those who enjoy continued and unadulterated success. Les Misérables is one such musical. Still a stalwart of the West end, […]

REVIEW: Footloose – it’s got the motor but still needs the key…

Oonagh Cox (Rusty), Jake Quickenden (Willard) and Lucy Munden (Ariel) in Footloose (Image: Mark Senior) Venue: The Alexandra Birmingham Performance Date: 19 April 2022 Reviewer: Ely King Star Rating: ★★★1/2 Everybody knows the iconic song Footloose, the title track of the 1984 film of the same name starring Lori Singer and a youthful Kevin Bacon. There […]