For the Niners

It was during a podcast recording that the creative director of a branding agency made an interesting observation, in that a key group of people to target with lifestyle or life-changing products are the ‘niners’. Those on the cusp of moving into a new decade. It’s something that’s frequently noted in popular culture – the … More For the Niners

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Claus the Musical

With soaring harmonies and a sprinkle of magic, Claus the Musical is a heartfelt and sincere tale that covers an otherwise cynical world with a blanket of hope, if only for the festive season. The story – adapted from L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Simon Warne – is that of a young boy … More Claus the Musical

Bugsy Malone

The glitz and glamour of New York, showgirls and speakeasies, gangsters and Hollywood dreams. New love and old rivalries. All the classic ingredients for a dramatic story filled with tension and excitement. Just swap the bullets for cream, throw in some jazzy tunes – and cast all the main characters as children. Bugsy Malone is … More Bugsy Malone

Blood Brothers

Approaching its 40th year of professional performances, Blood Brothers remains a powerful and iconic musical imbedded in the memories of thousands. Themes of unemployment, desperation, and a stark contrast between the haves and have-nots, feels all the more poignant against the current economic backdrop. But whilst it is an undeniably emotional story, it is still … More Blood Brothers

Jersey Boys

What do you get when you mix mob debts, an impressive lead falsetto, and rhinestone-covered lapels? It can only be the remarkable rise, and chaotic fall, of the Jersey Boys. Harking back to a golden age where boyband’s dance moves were just as snappy as their suits (oh, where have we gone wrong!), what may … More Jersey Boys

Beautiful

If you’ve ever listened to the radio, you’ve probably heard a Carole King song. A prolific composer, singer, and songwriter who sold her first song aged just 16, her music – often written alongside husband Gerry Goffin – was performed by The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Monkees, and Aretha Franklin to name just a few, … More Beautiful

Dreamgirls

With the audience hushed for a minutes’ reflection, it felt somewhat apt to be awaiting a story about women defying expectations, and proving their value, passion and, ultimately, soul. Dreamgirls follows three young women as they strive to share their voices and find success doing the thing they love, singing as a trio. Battling through … More Dreamgirls

Sister Act

It’s incredible to realise that it’s 30 years since a film hit the big screens all about singing nuns and gangsters – with its brilliant casting, and a soundtrack that stayed in the top 200 for 54 weeks, it’s still enjoyed today. It’s no surprise therefore, that the stage revival of Sister Act has been … More Sister Act

Anything Goes

Filled with romance and glamour, Anything Goes sails back to the heady 1930s, where dreams were fervent, freedoms were fresh, and loves were many. The classic story of pursuant affection takes place aboard the SS American ocean liner, steaming across the Atlantic from New York to London. A melee of characters find themselves thrust together … More Anything Goes

Passion

This stirring tale of infatuation and obsession, is given sharp focus within Elin Steele’s stark set for Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre. In an intimate venue such as HMT, it is simplicity that enables Sondheim’s music to wrap itself around the audience in this stunning production. Draped white linen next to stiff moving panels … More Passion