The Ivor Novello Story (by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd)

The Ivor Novello Story (by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd)

Ivor Novello: glamorous stage and screen star, author and matinee idol is mostly known today as a glorious melodic theatrical composer. The majority of his famous numbers are soaring female ballads, therefore compilation concerts tend to feel a little monotonous and this production fell into a similar trap... 

Cocktails with the Diva

Cocktails with the Diva

The Oxford Dictionary describes 'Diva' as: “A celebrated female opera singer, a famous female singer of popular music, or a woman regarded as temperamental or haughty”. Melinda Hughes, the Diva in this case, has many of these attributes; she has an Opera background, she sings songs in a popular style and she puts on a haughty demeanour within the context of her charming and witty show... 

Making It!

Making It!

Billed as a poignant one-woman comedy drama, actress Davina Leonard delivers exactly that, with more accent on the drama. The piece centres around Jess, a wannabe, naive actress with a sad desperation to get an acting job... 

Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

Joe Stilgoe and his excellent band create a wonderful atmosphere with their musical stylings, charming personalities, and atmospheric lighting. Although presented in the afternoon, you feel like you’re experiencing a 'cool and hip' late-night gig rather than at the more civilised time of 4:35pm... 

A Male Soprano

A Male Soprano

Running at just forty minutes, this play with songs is a little gem: a bit rough round the edges and lot of polishing may be required, but talent is on show and an endearing central performance by D... 

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

Griffith's slightly self deprecating solo show, is an easy-going fun hour spent in his company. He's charming, warm and cuddly, but more than just a stand up - he's a great singer too... 

SOS - Save Our Spaces

SOS - Save Our Spaces

The dedicated, hard-working and committed cast of six actors worked hard to bring this piece alive on a cramped stage. Unfortunately, this new piece of writing, billed as a 'zany new Musical Comedy', has little music, little comedy and wasn't very zany... 

Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

This is character comedy at its best. Anna Morris portrays five characters within the framework of a mythical Woman of the Year Award. Our 'host' is the Sloaney Georgina Francis with her wide vowels and narrow mind, followed by four wickedly horrendous over-the-top contenders for the award: Nina, a loud mouthed Liverpudlian fitness instructor; Jane, a nervous narcotic baker; Keva, a foreign correspondent and Alexi, a revolutionist... 

You're Never Too Old

You're Never Too Old

There is no doubt that an audience of a certain age will fondly remember the two famous actors starring in You're Never Too Old, although audiences of any age could not fail to enjoy this piece... 

Claire Benjamin Presents The Von Trapp Family Singers

Claire Benjamin Presents The Von Trapp Family Singers

Sometimes a title of a show can be so specific in its subject matter that it can pull the audience in and deliver exactly what they expect to see. In the case of Claire Benjamin’s show, the title and what the show delivers is almost defrauding the public... 

Joel Dommett - Nunchuck Silver Medallist 2002

Joel Dommett - Nunchuck Silver Medallist 2002

From the moment Joel Dommett stepped onto the stage with his mop of perfectly tousled hair, handsome looks and frequently exposed midriff (one wonders if he sponsored by the makers of his trendy pants) he had the audience right in the palm of his hand... 

Sweethearts of the 40s - Free

Sweethearts of the 40s - Free

For all the atrocities of the Second World War, it was a fertile period for great songs. These songs have almost become part of our DNA and a show featuring many of the well-known ‘Hits of the Blitz’ is an excellent idea from Emma Kaye-Hudson and Elizabeth Morrissey: The Blitz Sisters... 

Four Screws Loose in #screwtheworld

Four Screws Loose in #screwtheworld

This fast paced, quick-fire sketch show has the audience rolling in the aisles. It’s fresh, funny, frantic and fairly feminine too. It’s clear these four fellas seem to like dressing up as women!Since 2010, Four Screws Loose has met much audience and critical acclaim... 

Carl Hutchinson: Acceptable?

Carl Hutchinson: Acceptable?

Good looks and charm can go a long way to be a success in stand up comedy. You also need the talent and the ability to think on your feet to back it up. Carl Hutchinson has it all.After a slow but clever sequence featuring every platitude under the sun, Hutchinson’s show kicks off with his thoughts on what areas of our society should be deemed unacceptable and should therefore be banned forever... 

I, Tommy

I, Tommy

Tommy Sheridan cuts a rather sad figure of fun these days. Rejected by the electorate and estranged from the party he founded, his name is now synonymous with Big Brother, perma-tan and allegations about his sex life... 

The Two Most Perfect Things

The Two Most Perfect Things

Ivor Novello and Noel Coward have both been celebrated countless times in musical biopics, but this could be the first time that their respective careers and lives have been combined... 

Hell's Bells by Lynne Truss

Hell's Bells by Lynne Truss

If you like non-confrontational theatre, plays without a message, or just fancy a pleasant morning, Hell’s Bells is the play for you. This certainly seemed the case for the audience watching the play at the performance I attended... 

Desperately Seeking the Exit - Free

Desperately Seeking the Exit - Free

What makes a lot of cash in the Musical Theatre? Juke Box musicals: Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys. Film Adaptations: Mary Poppins, Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. How about combining both ideas: a musical version of a hit 80s film Desperately Seeking Susan with a musical score packed full of the song hits of Blondie? A sure fire winner? No! American writer and performer Peter Michael Marino wrote just that show, which ran for a grand total of 4 weeks in London in 2007 and he lived to tell the tale…just! Anyone who loves musical theatre and the process of its construction from the first germ of an idea to the opening night will be amused, touched, and despairing at Marino’s cathartic tale... 

Message in a Bottle- David Bottomley's Tribute to Destert Island Discs

Message in a Bottle- David Bottomley's Tribute to Destert Island Discs

If you revel in the musicality of the 1930s, take pleasure in performance poetry or wish to be swept away with some old world charm, then push the boat out and go see this show. If not, then you’ll be yearning for a ship to appear on the horizon to sail you home quickly... 

Deirdre and Me

Deirdre and Me

Coronation Street is iconic. Its characters, writing, and history are the stuff of legend, which makes it dangerous territory for any writer to explore or even skirt around. Comparison with the genuine article is inevitable...