Whilst the recent television dramatisation of Len Deighton’s SS-GB imagined the ‘what if’ scenario had Germany won the war and occupied Britain, Moira Buffini’s powerful drama, directed by Kate McGregor, is set in the reality of a German-occupied Channel Islands. The play opens in Guernsey, 1943 to some eerie music which sets the mood for what is to follow as we meet the four female protagonists:
The classic boy meets girl storyline that dominates Grease is timeless and as popular today as it was back in 1971 when the show was first performed in Chicago. Almost 50 years later and fans are still crazy for the phenomenon that is Grease. The show opens with an exciting live band who successfully warm the audience up for the show ahead. The band introduce the cast and when they arrive on stage they do not disappoint with a beautiful rendition of Sandy with impeccable harmonies followed by the well-known ‘Grease is the Word’ that caused almost every member of the Liverpool Empire audience to dance in their chair or sing along with as much gusto as the cast on stage.
The second production from the new Everyman Rep company lives up to its billing as ‘a wild anarchic journey into the imagination’; as Molly Elizabeth, Lacey Davies, Jocelyn Meall and Michael Vale’s economic set of empty chairs and discarded junk transforms into everything from deathly Antarctic crevasses to claustrophobic attics.
What do you get if you combine the chronicle of a six-time Grammy Award winning music icon, the power vocals of Vika Bull and the immensely talented Essential R’n’B Band? The answer of course is At Last – The Etta James Story.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the New Adventures Company Matthew Bourne brings us Early Adventures. The show is a collection of pieces first performed in 1989 and 1991 entitled Watch With Mother, Town and Country and The Infernal Galop.
It takes a brave and competent theatre company to take on the challenge of capturing 150 years of dramatic English history from the Hundred Years War in France through to the War of the Roses in England. Burjesta Theatre are that company and they have both qualities in droves.
Aida is a four-act opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Set in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, it was first performed at Cairo’s Opera House on 24 December 1871. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.
A Beautiful Journey of Compassion, Love, and Reconciliation
La Bohème is a four-act opera by Italian composer Puccini, based on a novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, by Henri Murger, and following its world premiere performance in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, it has become one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.
From the buzz in the air at the Theatre Royal, St Helens, 'Something Tells Me Somethings Gonna Happen Tonight' and indeed it did! The Shades of the 60's are actually a trio of girl singers comprising of Anna Slater, Emily Clark and Nicola Twardowski, who took to the stage and performed their hearts out. From the start they worked the audience encouraging dancing singing and clapping along, their enthusiasm was infectious. These girls are an act in their own right and should not be mistaken as backing vocalists.
I have been lucky enough to see many plays at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre and I saw numerous live bands play at the venue before it became a dedicated theatre and you always know what to expect. When it was used for gigs you knew you would get the best new music - I saw The Stone Roses and Oasis there as well as the likes of Dodgy, Cast and Space, but you also knew you would get sticky floors, cheap beer and a great atmosphere.
Writing and Performance at their Very Best
Cyrano de Bergerac is a swordsman and soldier but more importantly a poet and wordsmith and we certainly get to delight in these latter two amidst drama and intrigue, comedy and humour, love and romance, pathos and tragedy, in Deborah McAndrew’s masterly and magnificent adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic romantic comedy, which continues her impressive run of foreign language adaptations.
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