On Stage: Grease The Musical, Wales Millennium Centre

Grease is the word! And it opened at the Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday night with a bang.  It’s the original high-school musical that needs no introduction.  Featuring everyone’s favourite characters – Sandy, Danny, the groovy T Birds, the sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High – and all the unforgettable songsContinue reading “On Stage: Grease The Musical, Wales Millennium Centre”

On Stage: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Wales Millennium Centre

Matthew Bourne’s new production, an adaptation of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s iconic film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Red Shoes has arrived in Cardiff. A tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world – Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become aContinue reading “On Stage: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Wales Millennium Centre”

On Stage: La Cage Aux Folies, New Theatre, Cardiff

La Cage Aux FollesNew Theatre, Cardiff Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman’s musical La Cage Aux Follies, opened at The New Theatre on Tuesday evening. The production based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret tells the story of Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of La Cage Aux Folles, who live anContinue reading “On Stage: La Cage Aux Folies, New Theatre, Cardiff”

On Stage: Enough Is Enough, Barnabas Arts House, Newport

Be Aware Productions debut tour production Enough is Enough opened with a sold-out preview performance at Newport’s Barnabas Arts House on Tuesday evening. Written by Meltem Arikan and directed by Memet Ali Alabora, the production features four female cast members, Maddie Jones, Pınar Öğün, Francesca Dimech and Emma Daman Thomas who make up members ofContinue reading “On Stage: Enough Is Enough, Barnabas Arts House, Newport”

On Stage: Sunny Afternoon, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

From Post-War poverty in Muswell Hill to the top of the UK hit parade in the summer of 1966, Sunny Afternoon is the story of The Kinks, the 60s band that lead the way in decibel breaking guitar riffs, Mod influence and back stage feuding. Written by Joe Pehhall and Kinks front man Ray Davies,Continue reading “On Stage: Sunny Afternoon, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff”

On Stage: Dead Sheep, New Theatre, Cardiff

Its over 25 years since sacked Foreign Secretary, Geoffrey Howe delivered one of the deadliest political speeches ever made that brought Margaret Thatcher’s reign as British Prime Minister to an end. Jonathan Maitland’s political comedy drama, Dead Sheep, focuses on Howe’s relationship with the British PM in the years that led up to that speechContinue reading “On Stage: Dead Sheep, New Theatre, Cardiff”

On Stage: Little Shop Of Horrors, New Theatre, Cardiff

Little Shop of Horrors is a charming and kooky 1950s musical about Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress the glamorous Audrey, but he soon discovers that Audrey Two needs a littleContinue reading “On Stage: Little Shop Of Horrors, New Theatre, Cardiff”

In Concert: Justin Hayward, St Davids Hall, Cardiff

Fans of Justin Hayward gathered at St David’s Hall for a rare musical treat on Sunday evening as the legendary voice of The Moody Blues gave a solo concert with musicians Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins. With over 5 decades of material to choose from, this was a great opportunity for Hayward to play aContinue reading “In Concert: Justin Hayward, St Davids Hall, Cardiff”

On Stage: Mandela Trilogy, Wales Millennium Centre

The world of opera can be a very distant genre for those of us who have little experience of it. However, Mandela Trilogy, a tribute to South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela, breaks down any preconceptions anyone may have of the operatic genre . The production sees Mandela portrayed brilliantly by three actors,Continue reading “On Stage: Mandela Trilogy, Wales Millennium Centre”

On Stage: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Based on the famous film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, follows the story of Potts, a whacky inventor and his two children as they restore an old race car, meet Truly Scrumptious and attempt to defeat Baron Bomburst and the child catcher. From the show’s overture, you could see that  technology rather than the set was goingContinue reading “On Stage: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff”