Sunset Boulevard: Casting

Every show needs the ‘Greatest Star of All’ (or two), and the UK and Ireland tour of Sunset Boulevard has just announced two star castings. Danny Mac is set to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond, and full casting will be announced shortly. Most recently Danny … Continue reading Sunset Boulevard: Casting

Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****

  Paper Hearts the Musical has seen various incarnations, playing at the 2016 Ed Fringe Festival and a sell out run at Waterloo East Theatre. The story continues, as the show returns off West End. Humorous, heartfelt and with a hugely talented cast, Liam O’Rafferty’s show takes a novel approach to storytelling. Would-be writer Atticus Smith has always surrounded himself with books. So much so, in fact, … Continue reading Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****

Nativity! The Musical: Casting

Nativity! The Musical opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre later this year, and how better to make it ‘Sparkle and Shine’ than a cast of shining stars. Daniel Boys will play ‘Paul Maddens’, Sarah Earnshaw ‘Jennifer Lore’ and Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis and Katia Sartini. Further casting and childrens casting to be announced soon. Debbie … Continue reading Nativity! The Musical: Casting

Half A Sixpence: Final Performances

Join audiences in clapping their hands and stamping their feet, as the West End bids farewell to Half A Sixpence. Closing on Saturday 2nd September 2017. And you can be sure it will be out with a ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’! Producer Cameron Mackintosh says: “I’m delighted that this new Half A Sixpence has been greeted so rapturously by audiences and critics and discovered a new star in Charlie Stemp.  It is … Continue reading Half A Sixpence: Final Performances

Review: Whisper House (The Other Palace) ***

Playing at the newly reopened The Other Palace, Whisper House is a rock opera meets ghost story. However, there isn’t much to shout or whisper about it. Perhaps the show is best described by its very name: a whisper house. There are some hauntingly beautiful melodies here, a ghost of a plot there but one which is neither corporeal nor substantial. Lily has lived at the light house since … Continue reading Review: Whisper House (The Other Palace) ***

Casting: Les Miserables

Here’s yet one reason more for audiences to see Les Misérables… From 12 June 2017, Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson will join the cast as Jean Valjean and Fantine, while Hayden Tee returns as Javert from 17 July. Such news will ensure there won’t be any empty chairs, not that that’s an issue; the current production still plays to standing room only! Donnelly returns to the London … Continue reading Casting: Les Miserables

Review: Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults) ****

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” Immersive theatre is a genre which continues to grow in popularity and possibility. Although the genre is still relatively new to traditional audiences, the success of Punchdrunk and Secret Cinema in recent years has made this once niche experience more mainstream though there is still work … Continue reading Review: Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults) ****

Interview: The Cast of Half A Sixpence

Last week, a number of bloggers got to go behind the scenes at Half A Sixpence. We got banjo lessons, dance lessons and were even treated to a backstage tour. You can read all about that (and my amazing dancing) in my Blogger’s Night feature. We were also lucky enough to have a Q&A with Charlie Stemp (Arthur Kipps), Emma Williams (Helen), Bethany Huckle (Flo), … Continue reading Interview: The Cast of Half A Sixpence

Review: Junkyard (Rose Theatre Kingston) ****

Who would’ve thought that putting together bits and bobs could create something so beautiful? Of course, I’m talking about the playground, the centre point and home of the show Junkyard. But the same could be said of the show itself: pieces of wood and metal, drums and guitars, and a cacophony of profanities all combine to create something great. Currently playing at the Rose Theatre … Continue reading Review: Junkyard (Rose Theatre Kingston) ****

Half A Sixpence: Bloggers’ Press Night

Half A Sixpence marks six months on the West End stage, and myself and a number of bloggers were invited along to help celebrate what a triumph, what a triumph (it is)! We were lucky enough to be given an exclusive behind the scenes look at the show, including a banjo lesson, Q&A with the cast, and more… There was definitely a buzz of excitement and laughter as we … Continue reading Half A Sixpence: Bloggers’ Press Night