Category : Musical Theatre

Show Tunes & Toilet Humour: Shrek The Musical At Leeds Grand Theatre

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Since the dawn of cinema, the stage and the screen have had a two-way relationship. Whether it’s Disney fans passionately arguing that The Lion King stage show far eclipses the original film, or movies like The Producers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hello Dolly bringing an existing theatre darling … Read More

Review: Music Theatre Society Presents Bare

1 month ago / 0 comments

In Music Theatre Society’s Bare,  directed by James Marsh, a group of Catholic school students navigate the complexities of their faith along with their own coming-of-age woes, dealing with themes like teenage pregnancy, drug use, sexuality and bullying. Along with more conventional and at times predictable plot points, fear not: … Read More

Shut Up, Helen Is A Sincere Look At The Reality Of Mental Health Issues

2 months ago / 0 comments

At first glance the concept of a musical comedy about mental health seems insensitive. But based on the writer’s own struggles and using original music, the play sheds light on the very topical issue of mental health and raises awareness with care. The concept; a girl named Valerie, portrayed by … Read More

Urinetown Review

2 months ago / 0 comments

With a name like Urinetown the last thing you would expect is subtlety; LUU Music Theatre Society’s production certainly lived up to that expectation. Despite mocking the genre of musical in general, there are few areas of society that escape the play’s scathing satire. Set in a dystopia where an … Read More

Why There Are No Theatre Celebrities

3 months ago / 0 comments

I love the theatre. I am what one may call a ‘theatre nerd’. I pride myself on knowing cast lists, touring dates and musical scores off by heart. My Instagram feed is full of Broadway actors, directors and local theatre houses. These are my celebrities, but it has become blatantly … Read More

Is Vlogging Enhancing Our West End Experience?

3 months ago / 0 comments

In the West End world, a number of actors are sharing their lives through vlogging. Heathers the Musical’s Carrie Hope Fletcher is a prime example, publishing The Veronica Vlogs almost every week, keeping fans updated in all aspects of her life as a lead actress. So does this behind-the-scenes footage … Read More

Brining Brings the Rays Once Again – the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Sunshine on Leith

6 months ago / 0 comments

Having also directed the original production of Sunshine on Leith whilst at Dundee Rep, I suppose West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining had a slight head start as he began work on this new staging of the much-loved jukebox musical. It thus seemed a relatively safe choice to maintain … Read More

LAAMPS Shake, Rattle and Roll In Their Playful Performance of All Shook Up

10 months ago / 0 comments

With endless humour, playfulness, and enough hip-thrusting to last you until next year, LAMMPS’ All Shook Up makes for a fun filled night. We begin in a small town where life plods along day-to-day: everyone knows everyone and fun is practically banned. Enter Chad, a young, energetically-hipped free spirit, who … Read More

LUU Music Theatre Society’s ‘RENT’ Brings A Classic To Life

11 months ago / 0 comments

RENT is one of my favourite musicals, so when I found out the Music Theatre Society was performing it I was excited to see their take. For those unfamiliar with the Broadway hit, RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living in New York City in … Read More

‘A show for everyone’: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

11 months ago / 0 comments

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell whose dream of being a drag queen at 16 led to him attending his high school prom in drag. The musical is based on the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and although many parts of … Read More