A childhood favourite brought to life in this fabulous theatre! The theatre only opened in 2017 and has been really well thought out with a large welcoming entrance housing the ticket office, bar, coffee bar, cloakroom and merchandising sales. The theatre itself is cosy and comfortable and the big impressive stage and the numerous toilets complete the package. The show itself was fantastic. Beautifully staged using large moveable props and clever choreography and puppetry to envelop you in the snowy world of Narnia and more. The show was also very funny and with a touch of enjoyable audience participation it also provided a little bit of pantomime magic without being over the top. I loved the show but I also loved the theatre and will definitely keep an eye out for future events.
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh and written by her husband, Ian Kershaw, this story telling epic was phenomenal. A one woman show that embraced you like a cosey duvet on a cold winters night. The telling of this tale took you back to a safe, warm, bedtime story cuddled up with a well loved parent who captivated your mind with wonder and ore. The script accentuated the beauty of the English language with poetic justice and the intimate venue involved the audience with a warm embrace. But what really made this play stand out was the last five or so minutes which reflected on what makes us human and special and unique. Not a dry eye in the house but you need to go along and see this beautiful play to understand why. Epic theatre thank you to both Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ian Kershaw.
This great man is spending his 80th year, touring the country chatting about his life and sharing a multitude of monologues from a lifetime of stage and screen performances. Three hours listening to an old man whittle on doesn’t sound like an evening of theatrical entertainment but my goodness three hours was barely enough. Sir Ian is captivating. His audience were seemingly all big fans and to be honest he probably could have just sat there eating his supper and we still would have clapped! But he didn’t, he entertain us with tales of his life, journeying through his childhood and onwards through his colourful career. The first half was varied and of course shared with Gandalf and the second half concentrated on Shakespeare. There really is no better actor to bring the great Bard’s work to life while the audience listened in captivated silence. On top of this praise, Sir Ian remains a lovable, Lancaster lad with a cheeky grin and an abundance of energy. To finish off the night this humble man stood in the entrance foyer holding a charity bucket to the delight of the exiting crowd to ensure we would all dig deep and donate to the many charities this tour is supporting. Sir Ian we love you 😘.
I had the chance tonight to see the 3rd year BA Acting students at RADA perform in a powerful play depicting a true story in the words of those who lived through the ordeal. Performed in a small intimate space, where at times the actors were right by your side, as close as a conversation, this was an interesting theatrical experience and a fantastic showcase of talented young actors. First class.