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Friday, February 14, 2020

‘This cast gives a masterclass in drama’: HISTORY BOYS – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

History Boys is long overdue a revival and the production (which has been meticulously directed by the hugely talented Jack Ryder) is a treat indeed.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

‘Saunders triumphs in a role she was surely meant to play’: BLITHE SPIRIT – Touring & West End ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The pace of the cast members’ dialogue and interaction with each other is almost always spot on in Blithe Spirit.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘Jodie Prenger is flawless’: ANNIE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

With all of the uncertainty in the world we live in, a show full of hope like Annie is just what’s needed.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

‘A glory to behold’: THE TURN OF THE SCREW – Garsington Opera ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

An astoundingly, intense, powerful and thought-provoking piece – The Turn of the Screw (music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Myfanwy Piper, after the story by Henry James) is making its …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

‘Deserves as wide an audience as possible’: ON YOUR FEET! – West End ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

If you love Gloria Estefan you will adore On Your Feet and if you’re not familiar with her or not necessarily a fan, go and see this and you son will be.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘Couldn’t come in a more glorious form’: Hobson’s Choice – Birmingham & London ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

David Bintley’s choreography for Hobson’s Choice adeptly assists the artists to convey the story clearly, concisely, comically and is remarkable in the extreme.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘Has lost none of the magic created in the West End’: Calendar Girls The Musical – Touring by Helen McWilliams

At Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre last night Calendar Girls The Musical was moved to tears, laughing out loud and sobbing. The touring production has lost none of the magic created in the Wes…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘A golden star to the team who came up with the idea’: ZOG – Touring by Helen McWilliams

As a piece of theatre Zog is enjoyable and beautifully thought out, although the synchronicity with the much loved book is lacking.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘An incredibly cinematic production’: LES MISÉRABLES – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Wow, what can I say, but go and book your tickets for this show now, it is pure value for money. Cameron Mackintosh offers an incredibly cinematic production of Boublil and Schonberg’s mus…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Epitomises feel-good theatre’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Club Tropicana drinks are free, fun and sunshine there’s enough for everyone… and Club Tropicana The Musical certainly encompasses fun, sunshine and epitomises the feel-good theatre prod…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Couldn’t have been a more joyful experience’: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY ON ICE – Touring by Helen McWilliams

The Disney magic never waivers for us and this particular incarnation of the spectacular ice show (The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice) featuring our favourite Mouse was exceptional – may…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Flawless production’: THE LADY VANISHES – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Take a classic thriller written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, the film version having been directed by Alfred Hitchcock, add a stellar cast and one of the most atmospheric sets I’ve…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘I can’t wait to see the show again’: SENSATIONAL 60s EXPERIENCE – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Sensational 60s Experience was a night to remember, the finale was a sight to behold and I can’t wait to see the show again.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘One of the best nights at the theatre you could wish for’: BLOOD BROTHERS – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Blood Brothers is a musical that has had a special place in my heart for a long time – it will always be a five star production in my eyes and has yet to deviate from that honour. Each tim…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Theatre doesn’t come in any better packaging than this’: THE SNOWMAN – Birmingham ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In its 25th anniversary year, The Snowman stage show, based on the Raymond Briggs classic, is heart-warming and brings tears to the eyes in equal measure.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

‘Revitalised, re-energised, refreshing’: DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT – Oxford ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Dick Whittington & His Cat shows that the age-old tradition of pantomime is not only alive in Oxford but it’s revitalised, re-energised, refreshing and stands a good chance of attract…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘Sets the bar high’: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – Malvern ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Our pantomime season has kicked off late this year. However, the first of the festive treats that we’ve been able to attend has surely set the bar high, as a five-star extravaganza and per…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘An exceptional evening to bear witness to’: SIXTIES GOLD – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Sixties Gold landed at Symphony Hall and it was an exceptional evening to bear witness to. A number of amazing singers and instrumentalists who mostly made their names in the swinging sixtie…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘A delicious fairy-tale delight’: LA CENERENTOLA – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Rossini’s La Cenerentola makes for a refreshingly vibrant, light and comedic opera. Welsh National Opera’s latest production is a festive treat indeed just ahead of December too, perfect…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘It’s got something for all the family’: Su Pollard stars in Malvern Theatres’ Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs by Helen McWilliams

Actress Su Pollard has long been a favourite performer of mine, both on screen and in her various stage roles. As a pantomime villain she’s second to none, so I was delighted to hear she w…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Meet Mamma Mia!’s Donna & the Dynamos: aka Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham & Ricky Butt by Helen McWilliams

Collectively, the current Dynamos in the London production of Mamma Mia! – Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham & Ricky Butt – are the best three I’ve seen in all my years of watching and occ…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Everything I expect a Gilbert & Sullivan piece to be’: RUDDIGORE – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

One of the few Gilbert & Sullivan operettas I’d not seen was Ruddigore and it’s become a firm favourite following the show-stopping production brought to Malvern Theatres by the Gil…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

‘It just has such fantastic music’: Lucy O’Byrne is starring in Evita on tour by Helen McWilliams

Musical theatre star Lucy O’Byrne is setting the stage alight as Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Evita. I saw the show in Malvern and in my humble opinion, Lucy is giving Elai…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

‘You won’t be able to stop yourselves from tapping along’: 42ND STREET – Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

The glitzy, glittering, all-singing, all-dancing spectacular 42nd Street continues to light up Theatre Royal Drury Lane as a new Dorothy Brock, Bonnie Langford, arrives in glorious fashion.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘A joy to behold’: IOLANTHE – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe landed at Malvern Theatres courtesy of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and it was a joy to behold.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘Informative, fascinating & barmy’: AN EVENING WITH BRIAN BLESSED – Birmingham ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

An evening with the extraordinary gentleman Brian Blessed promised to be informative, fascinating and barmy. It was all of those things and more.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

‘It is a true masterpiece & the cast is treating it as such’: EVITA – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

When a show really blows you away, mentally and physically, it’s a rare and beautiful thing. Evita, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classics, has been on my radar for years and I have revie…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘Just long enough to capture the youngsters’ imaginations’: BING LIVE! – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Bing Live! has long been a favourite of my four-year-old son, Cbeebies being his channel of choice and the young bunny having been a frequent ‘visitor’ in our living room over the past f…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

‘One trip to see this show isn’t enough’: JERSEY BOYS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

This musical was adored by a late, great friend of mine so watching Jersey Boys for the first time, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, was an emotional performance even before curtain up.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘What a fantastic opportunity to introduce young ones to the theatre’: PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE! – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Peppa Pig remains such a popular television programme for children of varying ages, that the live show has something for everyone, from a tiny age to school age and beyond.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘A twisting tale of solitude, doubt & indeed love’: SWITZERLAND – Bath ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In Switzerland, Joanna Murray-Smith has written an intricately woven script so intense that 1 hour 40 minutes without an interval is thoroughly necessary.

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