Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Grand Opera House York – Review

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Grand Opera House York – Review: October 2019

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.  The perfect place to take a loved one, friends or family.

The Grand Opera House York recently hosted the spectacular and amazing Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Produced by Bill Kenwright this al singing, glitter filled production of  the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fabulous family musical is a beautiful colourful rainbow explosion of vibrancy and happiness.

The audience was also treated to additional new choreography from Gary Lloyd who has previously worked on Heathers and Thriller Live.

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, had a big coat to fill, taking on his first major musical role, he robed up into the Technicolor Dreamcoat and wowed the audience with his stage presence and pizazz.

Ahah Elvis is in the building, with smoothness and sway he makes his audience feel alive. The fabulous female narrator told the story with her angelic voice keeping the audience engaged and in the loop.

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The Stoller Hall Manchester: Wind in the Willows & Lucy Rose – Review

The Stoller Hall Manchester: Wind in the Willows & Lucy Rose – Review: June 2019

The Stoller Hall concert venue based in Chetham’s School of Music, is right in the heart of Manchester city centre.

David Threlfall, star of Shameless and direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote, performed the central role of Mr Badger in this wonderful Wind in the Willows adaptation by Neil brand with Stephen Threlfall as the conductor.

Neil Brand’s marvellous musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows which was originally created as a radio drama by BBC Radio 4, follows the exciting and entertaining tales of Badger, Mole, Rat, Toad and friends.

Classic, charming and a sheer delightfully funny and fantastic delivery, of characterful river tales, trials and tribulations.  Plenty of gasps and giggles given even more oomph with live music, talented singers and scripts acted out with love.

An intriguing, interesting and immersive production.

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Red Letter Days Top Price Theatre Escape for Two at H10 Waterloo Hotel – Review

Red Letter Days Top Price Theatre Escape for Two at H10 Waterloo Hotel – Review: April 2019

Hit the big time, get those jazz hands at the ready and click that mouse and treat yourself or a loved one to a Top Price Theatre Escape for Two at the H10 Waterloo Hotel with Red Letter Days.

Prepare for a stylish stay at the H10 Waterloo Hotel, a contemporary and comfy hotel right in the heart of London.

A visually inviting reception and a wonderfully warm welcome from the team, we headed on up to our accommodations.

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Grand Opera House York Club Tropicana Review

Grand Opera House York Club Tropicana Review: April 2019

The gorgeous Grand Opera House prepared their best 80’s vibes, as they hosted the brilliant brand new 80s inspired Musical, from the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray, Club Tropicana.

The all-star cast features the likes of Joe McElderry (X Factor winner and star of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Emily Tierney (Wicked, The Wizard of Oz), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, Dinnerladies), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Sound of Music); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah.

Leave your worries behind you, board the plane, feel that heat and sizzle of the summer sunshine and top up your tan. Let your hair down, as the cast take you on a trip back to the 80’s, as you check into the Club Tropicana where the drinks are free and good times are plentiful.

Beautiful bride and groom get cold feet, so jet of for some fun in the sun with friends only to have checked into the same hotel. With love potentially still in the air, hotel inspectors trying to close the resort and staff holding up the fort, this hilarious slapstick cheesy production is sure to get your smile on.

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Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review

Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review: February 2019

In 1893 Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music, merging with the Northern school of music in 1973 to create The Royal Northern College of Music we know today.

The RNCM, located on Oxford Road in Manchester cite centre, is a hidden gem, an excellent entertainment venue offering a variety of performances from various musical genres.

In addition to musical performances, the venue also boasts the beautiful Brodsky restaurant which offers diners a sophisticated and elegant dining experience.

The Brodsky Pre-theatre experience, was a real treat, manager Jose and the team did a fabulous job at looking after us.  The menu offers variety and va-va voom to their diners, with exciting foodie options followed through with a well executed delivery.

Sensational Starters included the roasted heritage tomatoes and baby mozzarella salad served with micro herbs, pesto and balsamic glaze.  Also, the delicious platter of garlic and chilli roasted vegetables, served with semi-dried tomatoes, hummus & olives, alongside Italian Seitan and vegan aioli.

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Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review

Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review: January 2019

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.  Ideal for a festive outing for a Christmas treat.  Whether you fancy the classical or contemporary, The Grand Opera House York has a performance to suit everyone’s genre preference.

Three Bears Productions returned in December 2018, for the third year with the classic pantomime Cinderella.  The star studied cast included Star of Liberty X Michelle Heaton as The Fairy Godmother, Channel 5’s Milkshake Amy Thompson as Cinderella, the magical Martin Daniels as Buttons, Coronation Street’s Ken Morley and Britain’s Naughtiest Dame Steve Wickenden as Covonia and Calpol, with BBC’s Allo’Allo!’s John D Collins as The Baron and Danny Rogers as Dandini.

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York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review 

York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review: January 2019

For the final year, and in celebration of his 40th year, Berwick Kaler is staring as York’s legendary pantomime Dame in The Grand Old Dame of York.

Nice to see York Theatre Royal’s lovely, friendly and familiar faces, within the production, including Suzy Cooper, David Lenard and Martin Barrass.

Get your jazz hands and vocals at the ready and prepare to clap, cheer and boo this all-star cast who sing, “there’s no panto like this panto” and they are not wrong.

From the set, costumes and choreography to the cheesy slapstick family fun and dastardly capers, this panto offers substance with a quality performance throughout.

The man of the moment Berwick Kaler once again pulling off another exciting, energetic and entertaining performance – outstanding!  Another standout job came from Les Miserable, part-time dentist and full-time villain.  With his dastardly capers keeping York’s theatre crowds action infused and amused.

At the centre of the story, this villainess creature, Les Miserable, attempts to stop laughter in its tracks, Booooooo, but with upbeat bursts of musical mayhem and genuine hilarity throughout, giggles are plentiful and laugh out loud moments shall not be stopped.

Grab yourself a 40 years stunning souvenir brochure, jelly babies and concessions and prepare to be entertained.

Even though Berwick makes a break for it in the hot air ballon, The Grand Old Dame of York, at York Theatre Royal, is not full of hot air…this panto performance is pure pizzazz and perfection!  Best news you have not missed out, as the show must go on and continues until the 2nd of February 2019.

Make memorable moments, as on select days at York Theatre Royal, you can snap up the chance for a behind the scenes tour whereby you get the inside scoop on all the backstage action.

Personally, for me standing on the York Theatre Royal stage was a legendary moment that will never be forgot.  Mark Walters detailed set designs are mind-blowing and to see the wall of signatures was superb.

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