Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:15pm Friday 17th October 2014

NO matter how old you are, there is something about Disney that brings out the magic of childhood.

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Station, Cherry Tree

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:20pm Thursday 7th August 2014

APOLOGIES for a start if you have gone out today and paid your hard earned 65p to just read the fine missives from our master of all things real ale and public house Mark Briggs.

Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

Lancashire Telegraph: Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

4:26pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

DUSTY, Petula and Lulu were the faces – and more importantly – the voices of the 60s.

Avenue Q, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of Avenue Q  Photo Credit Darren Bell

4:40pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WAKING up the morning after seeing Avenue Q at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, to the news that a third of Britons admit being racially prejudiced was kind of perfect.

Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

11:25am Wednesday 21st May 2014

IN the late 1980s, I wasn’t fussy about Jason Donovan’s vocal prowess, bopping along to his heyday chart hits.

REVIEW: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of The Crucible take part in a dress rehearsal at the ACE Centre in Nelson.

2:30pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE witch hunt exhibited in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, penned in the 1950s, may date back to the 1600s, but the play’s themes echo on in modern society.

Breaking the Code: Thwaites Empire Theatre, Ewood Blackburn Drama Club

Lancashire Telegraph: Thwaites Empire Theatre

11:21am Monday 10th March 2014

Any dramatic depiction of the life of the genius of mathematician, scientist, inventor Alan Turing is going to need determination.

Review: The Tyburn Tree - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

3:58pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

THERE can’t be many artists who can get away with singing London Bridge is Falling Down while dressed as a priest and wearing a bejewelled crucifix being accompanied by a man playing a child’s toy piano.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

Lancashire Telegraph: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

4:35pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

UNDER grey winter’s skies, the sunny and oh-so funny new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels put a spring in the step of a packed Opera House audience.

Blackburn Arts Club break away from the norm with Broken Glass, by Arthur Miller

2:27pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

AS Holocaust Memorial Day was marked on Sunday, Blackburn Arts Club moved into the latter stages of rehearsal for their next production.

Review: Tonight’s The Night, Palace Theatre, Manchester, until Saturday

3:46pm Friday 24th January 2014

I’VE said it before and - as there seems to be no sign of their popularity waiving - I have no doubt I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of juke box musicals, as a concept.

Review: ALADDIN, Colne Muni

4:09pm Thursday 9th January 2014

ON Monday, the search begins for the cream of musical talent in East Lancashire.

Review: Peter Pan Grand Theatre, Blackpool

3:21pm Thursday 19th December 2013

IT'S not often you root for the bad guy, especially in children's favourite Peter Pan.

Review: Aladdin, Thwaites Empire Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Aladdin, Thwaites Empire Theatre

11:42am Monday 16th December 2013

A GOOD panto has become an unmissable part of my Christmas celebrations.

Review: The Wonderul Wizard of Oz, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Witch Fiona Egan and Dorothy (Karen Fortin) in the crystal ball at the Library Theatre	Picture: COLIN HORNE

9:07am Sunday 15th December 2013

SOMEWHERE over the grey clouds and just off the A666 is a wonderful world of Christmas magic.

Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

2:43pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

LAUGHTER was in the air at Manchester’s magical panto with a fantastic line-up and glittering set.

Review: Blood Brothers, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Andy Tierney and Lee Thornton as Mickey and Eddie

12:29pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE majority of us know a tale which focuses on a working class single mother who has had one child too many.

'A magical slick, smart staging of a modern musical' - The Witches of Eastwick at Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: 'A magical slick, smart staging of a modern musical' - The Witches of Eastwick at Burnley Mechanics

2:59pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

I’M detecting a trend here: The last two musicals I’ve seen have been about the power of female friendships and the strength of that bond to overcome pretty much anything.

Review: Stiff Little Fingers, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

2:16pm Monday 11th November 2013

AS a second plastic pint glass sails through the crowd and the gentleman in front of me hits the deck for the second time in as many songs, it’s fair to say a lot of people are re-living their youth at King George’s Hall this Sunday evening.

Review: Snow White, King George's Hall, Blackburn

9:51am Wednesday 30th October 2013

Who is the fairest one of all?

Review: Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Tommy and Bobby, now more than 40 years into their career together after first meeting as welders

11:12am Monday 14th October 2013

For those of us old enough to remember Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball were the genuine X-Factor of Saturday nights.

Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Wicked will sweep you away and leave you spellbound

4:50pm Thursday 19th September 2013

SETTING the scene for one of cinema’s greatest triumphs, The Wizard Of Oz, the musical Wicked poses the question: Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?

Review: Cabaret, Opera House, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Will Young as Emcee

4:06pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

RUFUS Norris’s Cabaret takes you instantly back and Welcomes you to a time when life in Berlin was ‘beautiful’.

Poetry comedy performance comes to Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Poet Tony Walsh

11:14am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

A POETRY comedy performance which wowed at the Glastonbury Festival is coming to Blackburn.

Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society announces new bill

2:15pm Tuesday 25th June 2013

CHORLEY Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society has announced its new season’s bill.

Review: The Copper Jar, Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of The Copper Jar

5:05pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

WHEN your original review of a work sent its writer back to the drawing board, it’s a daunting prospect to watch the revamped version.

REVIEW: Swan Lake by the English Youth Ballet, Charter Theatre, Preston

5:17pm Monday 15th April 2013

What a joy to see so many young dancers showing off their talents on stage at the Charter Theatre.

Review: Burnley Light Opera Society

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley Light Opera Society members in rehearsal for the show

12:30pm Tuesday 12th March 2013

MEMBERS of Burnley Light Opera Society certainly weren’t lying when they promised Broadway Lights, West End Nights for their spring revue.

Kes : Chorley Little Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Joanne Cunliffe (Mrs Casper) and Lewis Wren (Billy Casper)

3:49pm Monday 4th March 2013

Bringing Kes, the tale of working class strife and failing education to the stage is no easy challenge, especially as Ken Loach’s 1969 film adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel is widely regarded as a British cultural classic.

Review: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Manchester Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Richard Grieve as Bernadette, Jason Donovan as Tick and Graham Weaver as Felicia - Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Photo: Paul Coltas

4:58pm Thursday 14th February 2013

THROW together drag queens, disco pop classics, country hicks and an eye-popping mail order wife, and mix them in a fuschia pink paint pot... Then you’re somewhere near the glorious festival of campery that is Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Colne Muni

Lancashire Telegraph: Katie McGlynn as Fairy Cupcake and Oliver Broad as Fleshcreep

1:41pm Monday 7th January 2013

JUST when you thought the festive season was over for another year, along comes Colne’s annual pantomime to bring a warm glow to brighten up an otherwise dull winter.

Snow White's Dwarves are Lancashire lads

3:41pm Friday 21st December 2012

TAKE yourself to Darwen this Christmas if you want to see men in drag and a scary old witch who resembles Cruella DeVille.

The Hoff's Hook is panto magic

Lancashire Telegraph: David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook

3:40pm Friday 21st December 2012

WHAT do you get if you mix a sprinkling of fairy dust, some rowdy pirates and one of the most famous TV stars in the world? Answer — the recipe for the perfect swashbuckling panto.

Review: White Christmas The Lowry, Salford Quays

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: White Christmas The Lowry, Salford Quays

4:52pm Friday 14th December 2012

HAVING put the tree and trimmings up at home and done a spot of Christmas shopping, I thought my festive fervour was reaching its peak.

Review: The Lion King Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: The Lion King Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

4:51pm Friday 14th December 2012

THE Lion King musical certainly lived up to its expectations – and beyond.

Review: Jack and the beanstalk, Charter Theatre, Preston

4:34pm Friday 7th December 2012

FE, Fi, Fo, Fum — come and see this panto packed with fun.

Review: Arabian Nights, The Lowry, Salford

4:32pm Friday 7th December 2012

MAGICAL” is what my eldest daughter said. “Flabbergasting” was my youngest’s verdict. I agree — Arabian Nights by Manchester Library Theatre Company is an outstanding production with a fantastic cast which makes for an amazing family night out.

Review: Rats’ Tales, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Rats' Tales is a bold and brave production

5:36pm Tuesday 4th December 2012

BE afraid, be very afraid.

Review: Copacabana, Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: Copacabana cast members Sophie Lord and James Cockerill.

4:38pm Wednesday 14th November 2012

There's music and passion, sequins and feathers galore in Burnley Light Opera Society's latest production.

Review: The Hairy Bikers, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: The new slimline Hairy Bikers

10:06am Friday 9th November 2012

OVER the years the Hairy Bikers have built up a huge following with their irreverant cookery/travel shows.

Review: Alan Davies, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: 50-date tour: Alan Davies is sticking to three show a week

9:49am Friday 26th October 2012

ALAN Davies returned to his roots with a visit to Blackburn as part of his first stand-up show since 1999.

Review: Frisky and Mannish, Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: Frisky and Mannish

10:54am Monday 22nd October 2012

IT’S unlikely you’ll see a more enjoyable show this year than this.

Review: 9 To 5: The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Rawtenstall's Natalie Casey as Judy

4:08pm Wednesday 17th October 2012

THE brightly-coloured posters for Dolly Parton musical 9 To 5 promise a gaudy, colourful theatrical treat; and that’s exactly what you get, with a great big dose of heart, cracking feel-good tunes and slick choreography.

Jimmy Carr wows sell-out crowd in Blackburn

1:00pm Sunday 14th October 2012

MASTER technician Jimmy Carr made his annual return to Blackburn with his new show Gagging Order.

Review: The Full Monty, Pendle Hippodrome Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: You can leave your hats on, fellas!

11:18am Tuesday 2nd October 2012

IN very simple terms, a show like The Full Monty cannot fail - especially with a Friday night audience where the men stand out like sore thumbs.

Review: Frankie Boyle @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

3:38pm Thursday 5th July 2012

THE arch villain of the comedy circuit is back oozing vitriol from every pore.

Review: Rhod Gilbert @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

10:54am Tuesday 19th June 2012

THERE aren’t many people who would be capable of keeping England fans from a key Euro 2012 game, certainly not many Welshmen.

Review: Carousel, Blackburn, May 7 - 12

2:30pm Wednesday 9th May 2012

TAKING a trip down memory lane at Thwaites Empire Theatre was evident for Blackburn Musical Theatre Company and its audience.

Review: Ian Anderson, King George's Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Prog rock legend Ian Anderson.

11:05am Monday 23rd April 2012

CONVENTIONAL has never been a word which best describes Ian Anderson, driving force behind Jethro Tull.

Review: Little Shop Of Horrors @ Thwaites Empire Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: SHOP HORROR John Moorehead and Claire St Pierre as Orin and Audrey

11:27am Friday 20th April 2012

SOMEHOW, despite never having seen the show, I knew nearly every word in every song of Little Shop Of Horrors.


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