Ordinary Days – Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich

Gallery Players have long had a tradition of presenting new work and with Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days they manage to trump the National Theatre. Adam Gwon is one of America’s up and coming musical composers and if this piece is anything to go by is surely a front runner to succeed Stephen Sondheim when […]

Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune – New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Its 3am in the morning and two middle aged work colleagues have stumbled into bed together in a small, cramped New York apartment. Diner cook Johnny has fallen in love with waitress Frankie but she is more cautious, not even sure she wants to see him again. As dawn slowly breaks will their love blossom […]

Happy Birthday Maestro

Today sees the birthday of the greatest musical theatre composer of his time. Over the years he was redefined the landscape of Broadway and the West End and has reinvented the genre. His songs have become instant classics and his scores admired by those outside of theatre. This year he is being celebrated by shows […]

Noises off – grumpy in the stalls

Why is it that I now seem to remember a production or venue more for the fellow audience members than for any artistic endeavours onstage? Now audience etiquette does evolve and bad behaviour is by no means limited to theatres – just don’t get me started on cinema audiences but I do wonder why some […]

Measure for Measure – Almeida Theatre

There are not many Shakespeare plays I haven’t seen over the years but for some reason Measure for Measure has escaped me – until now that is. In his first Shakespearian production as Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, Michael Attenborough tackles what is seen as one of The Bard’s ‘problem plays’. It may be […]

Cider With Rosie – Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Like many I studied Cider With Rosie at High School and, while the basic premise sticks in my mind, it is with shame I have to admit I haven’t picked up the book since. Now having seen the marvellous Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production I am inspired to dig out a copy and re-read […]

Forever In Your Debt – New Wosley Theatre Ipswich

There are some shows that should just be put down to experience and never spoken of again – Forever In Your Debt is one of those shows – we shall mention it here but lets never speak of it again. It’s hard to describe exactly what Forever In Your Debt is or, to be precise, […]

Mark Shenton discusses future of theatre critics

In his latest blog for The Stage, Mark Shenton discusses the future of Theatre Critics. Now having reviewed for the local press this is a subject close to my heart. Now I know that in the views of some publishers ‘the arts’ are lurking on their priority list somewhere just below WI cake sales and […]

Lloyd Webber ‘furious’ over bloggers

So Andrew Lloyd Webber isn’t happy that people have been blogging about Love Never Dies before it officially opens tonight. Given that punters have been paying up to £90 for ‘premium’ seating (or even more if booked via a ticket agency) and that his Lordship states the show is a work in progress what did […]

The Long Way Home – Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh

For only the 2nd time in their history, Eastern Angles have staged an ‘off the shelf’ play instead of one especially commissioned for them and it turns out to be a poor decision. Instead of a locally inspired play we are transported to a Greek island and a widow’s journey back to her birthplace. On […]