28th May 22 :: Review: Beyond the Barricade A Five Star Experience
Four amazing voices that touched my soul,four talented musicians, great
selection of songs & comedy thrown in!
The Coliseum Theatre in Oldham provided the ambience for this spectacular show which played to a packed audience.
Three standing ovations said it all!
Create the opportunity for seeing this production & you will not be disappointed. 5
28th May 22 :: Review: Giovanni Pernice - This is Me Saw Strictly The Professionals two weeks ago, no comparison to this show. It was so incredibly vibrant, exciting and amazing dance routines. The references to Rose Ayling-Ellis were righlty great and when he gave his final speech then 'sign languaged' the start of 'This is Me' - just BRILLIANT. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening Giovanni. 5
24th May 22 :: Review: Unknown T0 We love the Lamproom and have seen quite a few shows, Brassed off is our favourite so far. The actors and musicians were out of this world. The accents were better than in the film. I must have cried at least 5 times. Absolutely Amazing!!!! 5
22nd May 22 :: Review: Tim Peake: My Journey to Space Sadly a very disappointing experience. The title ‘My journey to space’ gives the impression of how he succeeded in becoming an astronaut but NO the performance was internet pictures of space set to music!! It wasn’t just our opinion as we saw people leaving early and heard disgruntled comments from those sitting around us 1
21st May 22 :: Review: Diversity - Connected Sadly I agree with the above reviews. Since Diversity won BGT I have wanted to see them. I saw them at the Sage Gateshead and I was bitterly disappointed. We had fab seats however the lighting was so dim that you couldn't really see the dancing. Every now and again the lights would shine on them and I thought... Happy days... Here we go for it only to fall into darkened shadows again. However I had no problem seeing the huge neon boxes / massive screen. Music was bland and uninteresting. I waited all night for them to come on and do their famous robotic dance in their reflective suits but they didn't do it. Instead they wore street clothes throughout the show. I did not enjoy the political aspect of the show I didn't go there to be preached at. Don't mix politics with entertainment. I could not have been more disappointed, stick to what you do best. I will never go see them again. I was DEVASTATED!! 1
21st May 22 :: Review: Freehold Terrific play, witty thoughtful writing, great acting , the female last minute lead was marvellous. Go and see it! 5
21st May 22 :: Review: Walk Right Back - The Everly Brothers Story Just been to see Walk Right Back at the Grove Dunstable. Show was ok But I saw it few years ago with the Wilson Brothers ( who were excellent) The reason I have only given 3 stars is because Aaron Wilson was replaced by, I assume a stand in, who was ok, but I felt the harmonisation was not as good as when the brothers sing together 3
21st May 22 :: Review: Copperfield! The Musical This was one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. Full of pathos and side splitting humour. This musical has to rival Hamilton and is sure to hit the West End and Broadway soon. See it before you have to pay £150! 5
20th May 22 :: Review: Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams My sister Lisa and I were at what we now call the "Carry On Bells of Minchinhampton" show. It was absolutely the best thing we have seen in an age. We also encountered a "Carry On at Your Inconvenience" in the ladies toilet as on of the locks didn't work and we were holding doors shut for complete strangers!! Colin was stupendous, and his ad lib with the bells was on point and always in character. We would watch the play again tomorrow. 5
20th May 22 :: Review: Copperfield! The Musical COPPERFIELD! *****
By Tobias Kunzel and Harry Meacher
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate
Here is something to shout about. The exceptional production of Charles Dickens' semi autobiographical novel.
The thing that comes over the footlights is the huge amount of love that has gone into this show.
Dickens' characters are so well known and rightly so, Mr D had an eye for the eccentricities and dishonesty of the human race. His central character was not so perceptive. There were so many villains in his life, any sweetly spoken person was an angel in his eyes and a great disappointment when the misdemeanours are revealed. The Steerforth story is a good example
The boy’s sweet mother marries the cruel, selfish monster Murdstone. The chanting of Murstone Murdstone from the whole cast shows the hatred and agony this man caused in the life of a child and why Dickens campaigned all his life for the rights of children
It was fascinating how the 13 cast managed to play 25 parts with absolute accuracy. It must have been very busy off stage. It is almost Incredible that the evil Murdstone played by Timothy Weston also becomes the grown up David and Mark Underwood as the upper class charmer, Steerforth, is also the villainous weirdo Uriah Heep.
The sound system was tricky at first but it righted itself as the play progresse
The whole of act one shows Davy growing up in the atmospheres surrounding children in the nineteenth century. The boy was well played with enormous confidence by a girl Georgia Beresford-Smith.
Debden Clarke plays the powerful woman who dismissed Murdstone from the life of Davy. Wonderful to have a really strong woman. She literally saved his young life. .Dickens had a romantic view of middle class women, although Steerforth’s Mother shows how her attitudes were reflected in her son's performance. She actually says in this production something like “ the working class have such a rough time, it is lucky they don’t have feelings like us”.So in Steerforth’s eyes, the seduction of Emily was not important. That is what she was there for.
Much of the enchantment of this piece is due to the author Harry Meacher who ldirects and who also plays the role of Mr D himself who gave many readings of his own work.
The music is by Tobias Kunzel and has a definite German feeling about it which reflects the romance and sometimes sombre trends of the story.
The performances throughout are exceptional but A special mention needs to go to Georgio Galassi as an enchanting Micawber, having miraculously taken over the role at the last minute. His song and dance number with Uriah Heep brings the house down
17th May 22 :: Review: Copperfield! The Musical Superb! A wonderful experience all credit to the artistic and musical directors...A scintillating cast an imaginative script make for memorable night out,at a price to fit anybody's purse... Congratulations to all involved 5
15th May 22 :: Review: Henning Wehn - It'll All Come Out in the Wash! The show has an interval after ~28min. The reason becomes clear in the second 'half'. Any later and I'm sure people would have left at the interval.
The second half is just a sneering rant about lock down, nothing witty or original to add beyond what you would hear (a lot) from people at the pub. The content could work, if delivered by a doctor or nurse who decided to do comedy post pandemic. Henning just comes across as some bloke ranting for ages (and ages) about things he doesn't really understand. Nuance is difficult in comedy, but essential to make this topic funny or interesting. Henning doesn't even try.
Henning said, 'in London theaters you have to be good, elsewhere people will watch anything'... Apparently that's true. 1
Not great when you think jokes about child pornography are funny, also the fat bloke who looked like Santa who bragged about taking ketamine most of his life needs to find another job because heï¿½s shite!
14th May 22 :: Review: Diversity - Connected Have to agree with other reviews. Just seen the show at Cardiff Really disappointed in the amount of dancing through the whole show. Music unrecognisable and too loud. A lot of the audience were young children. They would not understand the theme of the show or the references to BLM etc. much to political. Please go back to what you are good at 1
Most Popular Stories
27th Apr 22 :: Review: Chicago Touring production seen at the Bristol Hippodrome.