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When it comes to converting favourites from television and film to stage, its fair to say that success has been mixed. Maybe it was for this reason that Kay Mellor (writer and director) ensured she was still presiding over the transition of Fat Friends from TV to stage. Fifteen years since its debut on our […]

This week I feel like I have stepped back into a music time warp and arrived firmly at the 1960’s. I followed up watching ‘Beautiful’ with a trip to Royal & Derngate to see the brand new musical ‘Cilla’.   It’s a story about the rise to fame of one of Britain’s biggest stars, its […]

It’s safe to say, when I sat amongst the packed out audience at MK Theatre on Tuesday, I was quite possibly one of the youngest audience members. With age comes wisdom and that wisdom would have assured the massed ranks that there was no way a musical featuring the music of Carole King could ever […]

I watch theatre regularly, two, sometimes three times a week. Having seen a lot of plays and musicals, I enjoy many but few capture your mind beyond the final curtain. For me, ‘Of Mice and Men’ was one of the few.   I have to put my hands up and say I have never read […]

Okay, I have to admit it– I hate Abba tribute acts and dare I say it, I completely hated the film version of Mamma Mia when I watched it several years ago. With this in mind you would be forgiven for wondering why I was sat in a theatre auditorium last night to watch the […]

Our very own Rich Beeby had a conversation wtih Siobhan Nicholas 23 January about the new play at the Royal and Derngate, opening 2 February.  This historical and touching play is only open for one night. Siobhan chats with Rich about her inspiration for the piece:  click on the photo for the interview.

    Taking my seat at MK Theatre on Wednesday night, I have to admit to thinking – will I really enjoy this? That fear was worsened when I learnt the whole of the performance had no dialogue at all!  How can they present a 100 minute performance without dialogue?   My fears, thankfully, were totally […]

If budgets are tight this Christmas, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a special festive treat at the theatre. This years offering at the Castle in Wellingborough is amongst the most competitively priced in the area, yet still packs in all the right ingredients for a perfect night out.   The Wizard […]

At the end of Wednesday night’s performance of Cinderella, Brian Conley and Gok Wan presented a young girl with a teddy as a gift for going up on stage and joining in the rendition of ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’. Speaking of the girl, who had melted every audience members heart, he turned to the […]

  The tag line on the front page to this years panto programme at the Royal & Derngate is ‘Everything you could wish for in a panto’, on the most part this show delivered on it’s promise.  


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