Tutti Frutti crafts The Ugly Duckling for the modern age

Daniel Naddafy as Goose and Danny Childs as Ugly Duckling.

Over the past 26 years, Tutti Frutti has steadily established itself as one of the country’s leading children’s theatre companies. Their last production, Underneath a Magical Moon, was an incredibly beautiful piece of theatre, so expectations were high for their latest offering, The Ugly Duckling. Continue reading

RENT: The musical that still rocks, 20 years on

RENT is the story of impoverished youths trying to make it in New York (image courtesy of RENT 20th Anniversary Production Ltd).

RENT is an imperfect musical about imperfect people. A landmark turn in musical theatre, Jonathan Larson’s unusual, rocking score captures the lives of the marginalised citizens of mid-90’s East Village. Continue reading

Cornermen: A hard-hitting underdog’s tale

Oli Forsyth's play follows three boxing trainers as they pin their hopes on one journeyman.

Boxing has always been a great platform for telling stories of the underdog and Oli Forsyth’s bracing play, Cornermen, proves to be no exception as it follows a tale of three trainers in search of a long-term meal ticket. This new production packs a powerful punch thanks to confident direction by Andy Love and potent performances from all involved. Continue reading

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre give Lady Chatterley a tender lover

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Phillip Breen’s adaptation honours D. H. Lawrence’s overriding reach for tenderness in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the love story that scandalised the western world after thirty-two years of whispering under the sheets of Italian, French and Australian publishers. Continue reading

Did Northern Broadsides bring When We Are Married up to date?

Steve Huison as Herbert Soppitt and Sue Devaney as Annie Parker. (Photo by Nobby Clark)

The well-to-do Mr and Mrs Helliwell, Mr and Mrs Parker and Mr and Mrs Soppitt have been married 25 years today – or so they think. As it transpires, they were never officially married at all, and so begins J B Priestley’s When We Are Married at York Theatre Royal. Continue reading