The problem with this production is not in its cast, but in its source material. Meredith Wilson’s 1963 Broadway adaptation is outdated.
Paired by their love of the swinging forties, Birmingham based dance company The Swing Era joined forces with The Jim Wynn Swing Orchestra (also Birmingham based) for an evening of swing music and lindy hopping at the Symphony Hall this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Addams family are back, and their hosting another dinner party - this time it's for the family of Wednesday's new boyfriend, the Beineke's. But can they have 'One Normal Night' all in the aid of love?
The play is wonderful and witty, the cast are devoted and talented, the singing is sensational, and the dancing is, well, unavoidable – an excellent night out.
The Machine Stops is a chilling piece of work that encourages interaction and intimacy in a technologically progressive society where people are becoming increasingly isolated from one another, making it the perfect story to tell in the theatrical form, with its emphasis on the shared experience.
It is a mesmerizing rhapsody that poignantly depicts the ongoing battle with PTSD that continues long after a soldier returns home from war.
It is an energetic celebration of soul, with lots of laughs and bags of heart – a must see musical.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella is a spell-binding masterpiece that has every member of its audience captivated from beginning to end. The choreography is magical, the orchestra are enchanting, and the cast are a constellation of stars that get brighter the longer you stare.
Churches is an impressive, witty and ambitious writer and the cast give strong performances. If given the opportunity to see this production in the future, then do so – without reservation.
It is a performance for the young and the old to enjoy, and the only disappointment is that the seats cannot be moved out of the stalls, to make space for everyone to jive long into the night.