CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
News and Reviews by Paula
14th Mar 20 :: Review: Carmen Welsh National Opera on tour, seen in Bristol 3
Illegal Eagles 5Martyn Foster 23rd Apr 20: Brilliant but are the palying Liverpool Empire this tear 25/05/2020. Asking but no response - ED: Very,unlikely, I would say "no" but we haven't received confirmation.
SIX 5Julie Cawood 15th Mar 20: What a fabulous performance. A truly fantastic musical, fun and full of pizzazz. If you want to experience a full on modern, original yet historic musical, this is the one!!!!
Menopause the Musical 2 - Cruising Through Menopause 5Amanda yates 15th Mar 20: Loved, laughed and cried! Recommended ~ loved the first and the second was even more fab - 2 of original cast this time and ... well... nothing will stop me from seeing (hopefully) #3
Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of) 5Karen R 12th Mar 20: Absolutely brilliant! A fantastic romp, fast and furious, with all the wit of the original. The cast covered all the characters with panache. I laughed and laughed! I can't praise it highly enough.
Dial M for Murder (Playhouse, Salisbury) 2Liz 11th Mar 20: Oh dear have I missed something! Acting far too over the top with dramatic gestures very distracting. Film cannot be bettered . This is now creaky and showing its age. Some dialogue very indistinct.
Jane Eyre (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne) 5Ken Root 7th Mar 20: This performance was outstanding, the way it was portrayed on stage very clever and it was the superb acting from cast that made it a joy to watch . Myself and three friends came away from the Theatre with nothing but praise of the performance we had seen , again a joy to watch , well done to all .
Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End) 1Pal 7th Mar 20: Terrible- supposedly child friendly but a weird mix up of street cultural references with Shakespearean script- confusing and frankly dislikeable. A fantastic way to put a child off Shakespeare. More interesting for th actor / director than the audience. Perhaps it might be fair to consider Shakespeare knew more about entertaining than the contemporary theatrical teams who feel they have to ‘ mix it up’ to make it relevant to a young person. In the words of my son- ( tearfully) it was terrible...
Jane Eyre (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne) 2Veronica Higgins 7th Mar 20: Unfortunately the sound was not good and I struggled to hear the performance. A lot of the time the actors had their back to the audience! I am not taking away the fact that the actors all worked very hard but alas I am disappointed.
Lady Chatterley's Lover 5Rob 2nd Mar 20: I saw this at Malvern on Sat (29/2) with a small, but appreciative audience. A shame, because it deserved better. Of the several versions of LCL I’ve seen, I thought this was one of the most original, with the ghostly narrations particularly clever. While each and every one of the cast were excellent, the young woman who played the roles of a deceased nurse, Lady Chatterley’s sister and Mrs Betts deserves special mention for the incredibly different and effortless way she switched from one role to the next – a truly brilliant night, thank you.