Theatre: Annie @ The Orchard

When an invitation to see the current UK tour of Annie at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford arrived I couldn’t reply faster to confirm my attendance. The musical tale of a redheaded orphan has remained popular with audiences for decades, and this was evident by the full house at The Orchard Theatre last night. Sweets … More Theatre: Annie @ The Orchard

Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar – Bromley Players

I was delighted to be invited to review Bromley Players latest production, Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Sheila Arden and to experience the great atmosphere of The Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham. Amateur theatre treads a tricky line between being a production which understands the various capabilities of its large cast, and being a slick and inventive enough show to justify … More Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar – Bromley Players

Theatre: Close To You

Whether you know it or not, your popular music education has been hugely influenced by the work of prolific songwriter Burt Bacharach. His unmistakably lyrical melodies have been performed by everyone from Cilla Black and Dionne Warwick to Tom Jones and Elvis Costello. Close To You is a new show celebrating and showcasing the works of … More Theatre: Close To You

West End Live

Each year since about 2008 I’ve ventured up to London (in those days it was Leicester Square) to sing and cheer along with the stars of the West End stage for West End Live. The event has grown year by year and is now almost unrecognisable from the relatively small crowd that once gathered in … More West End Live

Top Hat: Review

As the orchestra began the overture of Top Hat at The Churchill Theatre last night, the packed audience knew we were in for a treat of lush sounds, filled with melodies we know and some that a deep recess of our brain recognises. The huge art deco set loomed over The Churchill’s impressive auditorium, instantly … More Top Hat: Review

I Can’t Really Explain It, I Haven’t Got The Words : Billy Elliot

Last night, thanks to Official Theatre, I saw Billy Elliot in London’s West End for the first time in probably seven or eight years. This spectacular show is now in its tenth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre. It’s hard not to fall in love with Billy, Michael and the rest of Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet … More I Can’t Really Explain It, I Haven’t Got The Words : Billy Elliot