The Hessle Theatre Company describing their members as amateurs? Well, after seeing them in action on Tuesday night on the Hull New Theatre stage, someone is telling porky pies.

The company’s production of Made In Dagenham The Musical was as professional as any I’ve enjoyed at the theatre.

Confession time…..your middle class theatre critic once accidently booked his family into an all-inclusive Spanish hotel very much like the run down Solona where this raucous version of the hit ITV show series takes place. Like the middle class couple who end up in this onstage hellhole our family eventually went with the flow and just like tonight’s audience had a great time.

The hit TV series ‘Victoria’ has revived interest in one of our iconic monarchs, and Northern Ballet have chosen to tell her story from perspective of youngest daughter Beatrice who was her constant companion after the death of her beloved Prince Albert.

This very inclusive and entertaining evening of classic Musical Theatre showstoppers was music to the ears from start to finish. The show was visually aesthetic and added to the pitch perfect, velvet voice of Mr Adam Lacey it both wooed and wowed the audience, Lacey's stage presence is undeniable. 'Stars' showcases numbers from Showboat, Chess, The Phantom of the Opera and of course Les Misérables, in which Lacey had graced the West End stage in the role of Javert.

The moment I stepped out of the torrential rain on Wednesday night and into the lively, warm atmosphere of the Hull Truck Company, I could sense my spirits lift.

Although well before “curtain up”, the foyer and bar area were packed.

It seems odd these days when Hamlet is played by a man but director Amy Leach has gone one step further creating an unashamed Princess of Denmark.

Never have I ever seen so much talent on one stage before; never have I ever heard so much plot packed into one play before. Wise Children at the York Theatre Royal, adapted from the novel by Angela Carter, is an enchanting spectacle.

With a star studded cast Club Tropicana was pure exhilaration to witness. From flawless vocals, to the tightest choreography I have seen for a long time and the liberally risqué script based firmly in the 1980's, this production was a fabulous 'feel good' performance! Written by Michael Gyngell and Directed by Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston this show is deliciously detailed, polished and pitched perfectly.

Having heard good things about Slung Low I decided a take trip over to Leeds to find out what it’s all about. The Holbeck, (the home of Slung Low) is an old Working Men’s Club with a history, in fact on the day I arrived they had decided to blow open an old safe which had remained unopened for years and found ‘The Holbeck Cup’ (if anyone knows what this is then please share)! Slung Low’s commitment to the community is to be applauded.

Tremendous. Very smart. Fantastic. No complaints. Big hands. These are all words which Donald Trump has used to describe himself, and they also apply to this wonderful satirical musical based on the self-regarding (to put it charitably) personality of the 45th President of the United States.

Madagascar: The Musical has lots of fun, smiles, and dancing (as to be expected). It is very much a musical aimed at a younger audience, though there is plenty of enjoyment to be had for all ages. It follows the plot of the film Madagascar very closely, but in case you aren’t already mad for Madagascar, here’s a summary: