Tag Archives: Theatre Review. Empire Theatre

Grease, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Tom Parker, Danielle Hope, Darren Day, Louisa Lytton, Tom Senior, Ryan Heenan, Oliver Jacobson, Michael Cortez, Rhiannon Chesterton, Rosanna Harris, Lauren Atkins, Callum Evans, Gabrielle Williams, Alisa Davidson, Natasha Mould, Anthony Hughes, George Onley, Rory Phelen, Grant Thresh, Charlotte Coggin, Alessia McDermott, Anna Murray.

 

Sunny Afternoon, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Ryan O’ Donnell, Marcelo Cervone, Victoria Anderson, Tomm Coles, Nathanial Campbell, Deryn Edwards, Andrew Gallo, Richard Hurst, Sophie Leigh Griffin, Garmon Rhys, Joseph Richardson, Robert Took, Michael Warburton, Libby Watts, Lisa Wright.

The Sixties was more than just the Stones and The Beatles, more than the burgeoning power of The Who, yet for some the Sixties only exists because of this, their immediate reference is to the three British bands from that era that truly went global and who played the American market as if was a child’s game. For groups such as The Small Faces and The Kinks the sound they produced was just as off the wall, just as intricate and finely woven in the fabric of society, it just seems to get lost in the flow of Time and the memories that some are willing to hold on to.

Chicago, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool. 2016.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Sophie Carmen-Jones, Hayley Tamaddon, John Partridge, Jessie Wallace, Francis Foreman, A D Richardson, Emily Warner, Waylon Jacobs, Lindsey Tierney, Ellie Mitchell, Nicola Coates, Francis Dee, Chelsea Labadini, Dann Kharsa, Justin-Lee Jones, Kerry Spark, Peter Nash, Adam Denman, Daniele Arbisi, Helen Siveter.

The Mousetrap, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Louise Jameson, Anna Andresen, Nick Barclay, Tony Boncza, Lewis Collier, Gregory Cox, Amy Downham, Oliver Gully.

Arguably Agatha Christie’s name will last in the annals of English Literature history as long as William Shakespeare’s and will always be as revered to her fans as the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon. It is easy to see why, the cold calculating pace of her mysteries, the beloved nature of two of her famous creations so entrenched in television’s grasp that they sell world-wide with ease and the secrecy installed in a play that might never see the light of day beyond the confines of theatre; it is to that end that Agatha Christie’s name will always be celebrated and whispered, the mistress of crime and the bogeyman all in one terrific role.

Avenue Q, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Stephen Arden, Sarah Harlington, Arina II, Richard Lowe, Richard Morse, Jessica Parker, Etisyai Philip, Rhiane Drummond, Gracie Lai, Cameron Sharp, Josh Tevendale.

Life is complicated, life is not always a bed of roses, neither is it a series of petals that cover up a piece of human anatomy at a time; life, like Time, is brutal, funny, sarcastic and sometimes downright terrifying, we have no way to control it, we have no way to subject it to our own whims; when you share a planet with seven billion other souls, getting everything you want is impossible and for that life is so much more interesting than ever.

Dick Whittington, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Sally Lindsay, Leanne Campbell, Eric Potts, Liam Mellor, Kurtis Stacey, Warren Donnelly, Pete Price, Hayley Goold

“Big” is the first thing that springs to mind when taking a seat at The Liverpool Empire for this year’s Pantomime, Dick Whittington, and that’s exactly what the show delivers: Big laughs, Big fun, Big songs, Big costumes and – above all – some Big performances that will have everybody cheering from start to finish.

Shrek: The Musical, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Dean Chisnall, Bronte Barbe, Gerard Carey, Idris Kargbo.

Here’s a statement: Shrek: The Musical is every bit as colourful, huge and – above all – funny as anything ever staged at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, with sets to die for, costumes that glitter brighter than the Christmas lights on Castle Street, choreography to make Len Goodman weep tears of joy and a cast that is quite simply sensational.

Dreamboats And Miniskirts, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast:  Alex Beaumont, Alan Howell, Elizabeth Carter, Laura Sillett, David Luke, Anna Campkin, Will Tierney, Michael Kantola, Sheridan Lloyd, Mike Slander, Daniel O’ Flanagan, Joseph Hardy, Josh Tye, Chloe Edwards-Wood.

 

The music world can be a cruel mistress, especially when you have had one hit record and the path is opened up before you as if the parting of the Red Sea has happened before your eyes and Moses is on the other side showing you this week’s sales and a mouthing over the crashing tumbling waves around you that Sir Paul McCartney has expressed an interest in doing a duet, with the fickle nature that comes in the form of a scratched record, dreams can be broken and dashed upon a cruel sea.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Michael Praed, Mark Benton, Noel Sullivan, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Phoebe Coupe, Carley Stenson, Emma Caffrey, Andy Conaghan, Soophia Foroughi, Johnny Godbold, Orla Gormley, Patrick Harper, Jordan Livesey, Regan Shepherd, Kevin Stephen-Jones, Katie Warsop, Jenny Wickham, Justin-Lee Jones, Andy Rees, Freya Rowley.

 

Jersey Boys, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Tim Driesen, Sam Ferriday, Lewis Griffiths, Stephen Webb, Amelia Adams-Pearce, Charlie Allen, Damien Buhagiar, Henry Davis, Leanne Garretty, Matt Gillett, Dayle Hodge, Sean Kingsley, Dan Krikler, Sinead Long, Nathaniel Morrison, Luke Morton, Dominic Smith.

 

Truth is always stranger than fiction, especially it seems when it comes out of the state of New Jersey. From the shores of Cape May, through to the boulevards and gambling houses of Atlantic City to the alter ego and sometimes expensive reminder of American life in Newark. Truth is what keeps you out of harm’s way, talent, talent gets you noticed and when you have the ability to combine both truth and talent, that’s when you have a sure fire hit in Jersey Boys.