REVIEW: ‘Cinderella Live In Concert’ – Ventnor Theatre Group

Ventnor Theatre Group’s latest show was a unique spin on the classic pantomime Cinderella, giving it a modern reconfiguration and setting it in a concert style. It was an adventurous undertaking by director Joe Plumb who not only wrote the script, but also adapted the lyrics of popular musical theatre and pop songs to fit…

REVIEW: Jesus Chris Superstar – Ventnor Theatre Group

When I first heard Ventnor Theatre Group were staging this show, I had mixed feelings – it is my favourite Lloyd-Webber/Rice musical so I was delighted – but the score is notoriously difficult to perform, so I wondered how they would ever find a cast to really do it justice. I need not have worried…

REVIEW: ‘Cats’ – Ventnor Theatre Group

All in all, for Lloyd-Webber aficionados this is a must-see for the Bank Holiday weekend; and if you’ve never heard of Cats, go along and support these felines and treat yourself to a first viewing of one of the longest-running musicals in history – but be quick, as there aren’t many tickets left!

REVIEW: ‘Made in Dagenham’ – The Island Savoyards

Revolutionary spirit was alive and well at Shanklin Theatre last night for The Island Savoyards’ production of the 2014 musical Made in Dagenham, directed by Anthony Wright with Andrew Woodford as Musical Director. Based on the events of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike, the musical was the creation of David Arnold, Richard Thomas and Richard Bean,…

REVIEW: 9 to 5 – The Island Savoyards

Did you know the parking meter was invented in 1935? Consolidated Industrials office newcomer Judy Bernly shares trivia when she’s nervous, and her opening joke about needing an hour to park – particularly apt for the packed Shanklin Theatre audience! – set the tone for the evening: feel-good and funny, 9 to 5: The Musical is based…