Monday, 21 May 2018

Updated musical shows why we’ll never go Cole on Porter

Updated musical shows why we’ll never go Cole on Porter

Anything Goes | Hexagon, Reading | Thursday, May 17 ANYTHING GOES is a musical showcase for some of Cole Porter’s wonderful songs. ...

 

Bonkers take on the Bard suits topsy-turvy times

Bonkers take on the Bard suits topsy-turvy times

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Oxford Playhouse | Tuesday, May 15 PLAIN bonkers. An amazing night out. A performance to treasure. A ...

 

‘History — the juicy bits’ was a feast of wits and giggles

‘History — the juicy bits’ was a feast of wits and giggles

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain | Theatre Royal, Windsor | Tuesday, May 15 A REAL livewire of a show, the Birmingham ...

 

Newsreading comic has a straight face for radio

Newsreading comic has a straight face for radio

TEN gigs into his stand-up career, Glenn Moore had reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny and was runner-up in the Chortle ...

 

Stoppard production is labour of love for top theatre director

Stoppard production is labour of love for top theatre director

A TOP professional theatre director will be at the helm of the Sinodun Players’ forthcoming production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz ...

 

Henley’s entry was dramatically pipped

Henley’s entry was dramatically pipped

THE winners of this year’s Henley Drama Festival have been announced following Saturday’s gala evening at the Kenton Theatre. The ...

 

Show’s tribute to co-stars who carried on regardless

Show’s tribute to co-stars who carried on regardless

THEY were two of the biggest stars of their day and the films they made together became an evergreen part of the postwar comedy ...

 

Undersea tale is worth its salt

Undersea tale is worth its salt

Little Mermaid | Theatre Royal, Windsor | Tuesday, May 8 FROM the outset, with soothing seaside background noises, everyone was ...

 

Musical take on early Eighties classic is up where it belongs

Musical take on early Eighties classic is up where it belongs

An Officer and a Gentleman | Wycombe Swan | Monday, May 7 THE purists won’t like this — some national critics were really withering — ...

 

Comic was set to bunker down ahead of Kim talks

Comic was set to bunker down ahead of Kim talks

LOTS of people have unusual hobbies but comic Angela Barnes takes it to another level. She researches and visits Cold War nuclear ...

 

Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie | New Theatre Oxford | Tuesday, May 1 A STORYLINE thinner than a human hair, a sickly moral message about ...

 

Last year’s winners have burning desire

Last year’s winners have burning desire

MOST casual observers wouldn’t think of a drama festival as being a competitive event — but for those taking part it is serious ...

 

Fish factory foursome are venturing Down Under

Fish factory foursome are venturing Down Under

A YEAR on from the success of Amanda Whittington’s play Ladies’ Day at the Woodclyffe Hall, Wargrave Theatre Workshop is staging the ...

 

Comedy dissects bare bones of theatre for good measure

Comedy dissects bare bones of theatre for good measure

Burke and Hare | Watermill Theatre, Bagnor | Wednesday, April 25 DIRE murder and trading in corpses may not sound like the stuff of ...

 

Flawless farce of two halves left us mentally breathless

Flawless farce of two halves left us mentally breathless

Caught in the Net | Theatre Royal, Windsor | Thursday, April 26 In an about-turn from the week’s earlier performances of dark and ...

 

Railway ghost story was a delicious wait for Dickens’s twist!

Railway ghost story was a delicious wait for Dickens’s twist!

The Signalman | Theatre Royal, Windsor | Monday, April 23 DEMONSTRATING the effectiveness of simplicity and the power of darkness, ...

 

Soap star’s getting in a flap for musical role

Soap star’s getting in a flap for musical role

FOR the New Theatre Oxford read New York City next week — when audiences will be whisked back to Twenties America and the height of ...

 

Wilde’s last play still has so much to say to us

Wilde’s last play still has so much to say to us

THE Original Theatre Company are bringing turn of the century style and a degree of decadence with them as they present Oscar Wilde’s ...

 

SATC parody aims to ‘Trump’ original

SATC parody aims to ‘Trump’ original

TWENTY years ago, four single ladies emerged on to our television screens in search of love and cosmopolitans. From naked dresses, ...

 

Master of farce relishes going through the Mill

Master of farce relishes going through the Mill

RAY Cooney is thoroughly enjoying himself. Now 85, the master of farce is back at the Mill at Sonning — one of his two favourite ...