UK Musicals

My First Musical

Stephen Bailey | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

I feel like with this being me writing this it should read: "When I was nine, I went to see my first musical" but I am about to drop something big. Something so unexpected. Something so out of character. I went to see my first musical last week - and the grand old age of 31.

It's Gone La La Land

Rachel Hobday | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Hobday

At the 89th Academy Awards 2017, 21st century Hollywood musical La La Land was announced as the winner of the coveted Best Picture award, having been ...

Literature And Language In Action

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farida Ahmed

As a private tutor and mentor to young people, I am always looking for ingenious ways to truly connect with students to make teaching and learning as ...

"La La Land" Reviewed: Hype Kills This Nostalgic Jazz-Fest

Harry Crawford | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Damien Chazelle / Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend / RomCom-Musical / 2017 / 12A / 128mins Remember when musicals ruled Hollywood? When men and...

This West End Dancer Is Redefining Strength And Talent

Jen Barton | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Forget everything you thought you knew about dancers and meet Yolanda Burke. Sure, she’s elegant, graceful and beautiful. She’s also super-strong,...

Why Hamilton's Arrival In London Should Not Be Written Off As Just Another Mega-Musical

Mark O'Thomas | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mark O'Thomas

The special and safe place into which Hamilton will arrive is a London that shares many similarities with New York - London voted to remain a full member of the European Union just as New York voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.

La La... Lazy

Bennett Arron | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bennett Arron

I don't get it. Seriously, I just don't get it. The incredible reviews for La La Land are staggering. What have they seen that I haven't? Oh, before I carry on I have to announce SPOILER ALERT for fear of ruining it for those who haven't seen it - or as I like to call them, the lucky ones.

Is La La Land La La?

Naomi Hefter | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Naomi Hefter

Holding high expectations for a film can leave you feeling pretty deflated. So when Damian Chazelle's La La Land begun it was as if the cinema was smacked in the face with an over the top opening of High School musical with extra grated cheese and a song from Glee thrown on the top.

My Moment With The Star Man

Amy Lennox | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Amy Lennox

I like to think he's watching when I begin that beautiful song in Lazarus onstage. My mind always goes back to that magical moment in the rehearsal room - that was my moment with the Star Man... David Bowie.

From Old Masters to Fresco Disasters - Celebrating the Glory of Failure

Phil Edgar-Jones | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Phil Edgar-Jones

I became really interested in the subject of failure when I was watching my daughter make the transformation from a child unfettered by the constraints of grown-up measurement to one consumed by anxiety over GCSE exams - from glorious freedom of imagination to a dread of failure.

Top Five Musicals in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ceri Tinley

MUSICALS IN LONDON "Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to." These are the ...

Club 24601: An Interview With Aussie Jean Valjean, Dan Koek

Jane Ireland | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

Les Mis has passed it's 30th anniversary date and we are continuing to celebrate Club 24601 with our series of interviews with former Jean Valjeans. Today, it's the turn of Australian Dan Koek who played the role in 2013-2014.

R&R on the King's Road, Spectre of a Glorious Summer

James Christie | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

You'd think a fiftysomething Asperger would be the worst possible choice for a job like this; but over the last seven years I've found that, autism or not, my late father's public speaking ability has been downloaded directly into me - I can socialize, cope with travel and talk to an audience at the drop of a hat - and I understand how the neuro-typical world works.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Landor Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I didn't realise at the time, but Thoroughly Modern Millie seems to be a somewhat of a divisive show amongst critics. Some can't see past it's over-the-top exterior, and some love it for that very same reason. I can safely say that I'm from the latter way of thinking.

Bend It Like Beckham Musical Star Preeya Kalidas Talks Culture, Community and Career

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 31.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

After the show, I caught up with Preeya in her dressing room for a chat, and asked her how she thinks Indian themed musicals making more of their mark on the west end stage have faired recently?

Theatre Review, High Society, Old Vic Theatre 'Wonderful'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Oh, High Society at the Old Vic is a definite winner. Cole Porter's score is great, of course, and the book witty but sometimes taking on the classics is perilous. But this production is a success. The show is full of charm, characters are strong and the set design is ingenious.

London's West End Live 2015

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As great enthusiast for London's theatreland, West End Live is a treasure trove filled to the brim with amazing performances, exclusive theatre experiences and all-round good fun. I go every year to see the shows I love, shows I need tickets for and maybe find out a few I don't.

Hopelessly Hollywood Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

It's clear that Mike's problems were within himself. Hollywood was the backdrop to his downward spiral, not necessarily its cause. Mike's story nevertheless symbolises the fate of many Hollywood dreams.

Need A Doctor? Why A Comedy Musical Can Fill the Void for Whovians

James Brinsford | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

We are currently in the midst of the barren lands where a series has finished some months ago and the next instalments will not be coming in to view on the horizon until the Autumn. So how does a Whovian get their fix until then? The answer has arrived in the shape of an award-winning musical...

John Owen-Jones: Rise - The Review

Jane Ireland | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

As you would expect from an established West End star, musical choices feature quite heavily on the album, although it is nice to see some less well known songs from shows like Pippin which I enjoyed a lot.

'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year".

Twenty-Five Years Later, The Heat Is Still On for 'Miss Saigon'

Daniel Welsh | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

Like any red-blooded 23-year-old male, musical theatre is one of my biggest loves, yet until last week I had managed to go my entire life without catching one of Cameron Mackintosh's most beloved shows, Miss Saigon.

The Final Curtain

Emma Williams | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

So with a wry smile I must go 'home and hang up my gun as I ain't the champeen no more', to paraphrase Ms Oakley. I have had the most superlative and remarkable time playing this sharpshooting woman

Coming Home to You

Emma Williams | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Glasgow has also been one of the most distant venues that we've visited on this whistle-stop tour of the UK. With the impending Scottish referendum, it's possible that the next time any of us play this theatre it will be on entirely different grounds...

'Making the Century'

Emma Williams | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Venue 13 on the Annie Get Your Gun tour and unlucky for some, you might say. This week we've been in beautiful Brighton, a cultural and theatrical mecca on the south coast and frequent keeper of my heart. I've lost count of the number of times I've considered moving here and, after some unscheduled extra time in the city, I'm understandably contemplating it once again.