In 2007, a new sitcom hit our screens featuring an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive holiday in Benidorm. Benidorm went on to make 10 series, win two National Television Awards a British Comedy Award Nomination and a BAFTA Nomination. Following on from the announcement that Series 10 would be the final series, we now have the stage version, Benidorm Live.
Henry Naylor’s award-winning play is set in an Iraqi gaol during the occupation of Iraq in 2003 and which highlights the brutality on both sides of the conflict - any conflict perhaps – in a story told by three storytellers speaking directly to the audience in a well-constructed ‘theatre in the round’ at The Hope Street Theatre.
imitate the sounds of a drum machine with the voice.’
Welsh National Opera, under the direction of Xevi Dorca and Joan Font, bring us Rossini’s delightful retelling of Cinderella but with a few twists on the way in this candy-coloured world of fairy tale, full of wit, larger than life characters, and vibrant costumes. Oh, and not forgetting the mice!
‘People are people. We’ll always find a way to mess up. Doesn’t matter who’s in charge.’
Callum is a Nought, Sephy is a Cross. In a world where Noughts and Crosses don’t mix, how can their friendship, and love, survive?
According to the programme notes every hour of the day, a curtain rises on a Verdi opera. As La Traviata is widely considered one of his most famous operas, chances are high that the curtain will be rising on this show. Curtains feature heavily in Tanya McCallin’s Tissot inspired design for this revival of David McVicar’s production. As the audience settle in their seats notebook wielding men prowl the dust sheet strewn stage cataloguing what’s there.
You wait ages for a puppet show to come along and then three come along at once. Well, two actually, both filming puppets, adding special effects, and projecting the result in real time onto a screen above the stage. The first was The Missing Light by Make, Do and Mend – a simple tale, beautifully without words, with wooden puppets and a range of props and settings.
‘Still Alice’ is a novel originally written by Lisa Genova which depicts the story of a 50 year old woman receiving the difficult diagnosis of early onset dementia. The book which was published in 2009 was a roaring success and quickly became a best seller which has since been sold in 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages.
Remembrance week of the centenary year of the end of the First World War is the right moment for a re-enactment of Blackadder Goes Forth and under the direction of Nick Fawdry, Carlton Players serve up a fitting and moving tribute.
The script – written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton some thirty years ago – has stood the test of time with slapstick humour and gags galore: it really is jokes away in this clever stage adaptation of four of the original episodes.
This morning saw the theatre buzzing with the expectations of excited school children waiting to see Make, Mend and Do’s production of The Missing Light by Mark Arends, a magical combination of puppet show, technology, animation, and silent movie that tells the story of a fisherman and his wife. Each morning he sets off on his boat while she goes to the market to sell yesterday’s catch.
As “The Ladyboys of Bangkok” celebrate their 20th year anniversary, they take to the stage at the Epstein Theatre Liverpool. This show, titled “The Wonder Woman Tour”, shares with the audience a range of tracks from Lady Gaga, Abba, Rihanna, Diana Ross and lots more. Although the show is still managing to attract a great audience, it doesn’t appear to have stood the test of time for me as the performance was underwhelming and unimaginative.
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