Grandad’s Island: From beloved bedtime story to theatrical treasure

Benji Davies’ charming picture book is a firm favourite at bedtime in our house, so when I saw there was to be a theatrical adaptation I was both excited and intrigued. 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

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

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre charm in The Witches

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre’s performance of The Witches was a nostalgic mix of comedy, horror and pantomime tropes. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes at York Theatre Royal: Varied styles and distractions

Damian Cruden’s Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles is an original family-oriented devised musical dressed handsomely in an appropriated Victorian circus-theatre aesthetic. Continue reading