Last night’s review: Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Winchester

Last night’s review: Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Winchester

by Chris Richards. Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal Winchester is the very best example of a modern, festive, family pantomime. It’s difficult to put into words what exactly made this performance so right and joyful. It was not too political, not too cynical and there was absolutely no mention of Brexit. There were no
Last night’s review: Nativity The Musical, Mayflower, Southampton

Last night’s review: Nativity The Musical, Mayflower, Southampton

by Catherine Collins Nativity! The Musical opened at Mayflower Theatre and the audience were spellbound, from start to finish.  Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! The only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that
Last night’s review: Echo & the Bunnymen, Engine Rooms, Southampton

Last night’s review: Echo & the Bunnymen, Engine Rooms, Southampton

review by Dan O’Farrell. Echo & The Bunnymen sometimes feel a bit like the great lost 80’s band. Where the ’80s night’ revivals seem to boost the post-fame careers of pop acts like Rick Astley, Level 42 and Go West!, and the serious indie-rock fans save a special place in their hearts for The Cure
Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

by Dan O’Farrell. When I was 13 years old, I had five records in my bedroom: albums by The Stray Cats and Gene Vincent bought with pocket money (and a shameful Showaddywaddy purchase, hidden at the back) and two pinched from my dad: ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ and ‘The Five Faces of Manfred Mann’ (I
Review: Some Like It Hip Hop, Mayflower Theatre

Review: Some Like It Hip Hop, Mayflower Theatre

reviewed by Chris Richards. Some Like It Hip Hop, some like it not. And despite everything I thought I knew about Hip Hop, I liked it a lot. Incredible dancers, sensational singers and an extremely cool narrator come together to describe the story with a sequence of cascading emotions. I laughed, I cried, I gasped,
Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, at NST

Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, at NST

by Alex Thurley-Ratcliff. Farce isn’t easy to write or to perform and it’s hard work for the cast, but when it pays off it’s utterly delightful. Richard Bean’s retelling of an 18th century Italian comedy does all the right things – mixing classic jokes, physical comedy, colourful characters, silly plot lines, timing and even a
Review: Motown the Musical, Mayflower Theatre

Review: Motown the Musical, Mayflower Theatre

by Catherine Collins. Motown the Musical opened at Mayflower Theatre with a performance in which the audience may not have been Dancing in the Street, but were certainly dancing on their feet by the end of it. The show follows Tamla Motown founder, Berry Gordy, as it uncovers the true story of the legendary record
In Common Launch Party at The Art House

In Common Launch Party at The Art House

The Art House in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter was packed on Saturday night as people came together to celebrate the launch of the city’s new community news and features website In Common. In Common aims to help bring people in the city closer together and to celebrate and promote what’s good about the city, including the
Review: Kinky Boots, The Mayflower, Southampton

Review: Kinky Boots, The Mayflower, Southampton

by Alex Thurley-Ratcliff. It’s been 14 years since the film came out; a warm-hearted Britcom with some great lines, based surprisingly on the true story of a down-at-heel (sorry!) Northampton boot maker which turns to making ‘kinky’ boots for the male transvestite and drag market to survive. But this story is so much more than