Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

Although 40 years may have passed since the release of Mike Oldfield’s ground-breaking and best-selling Tubular Bells album the music still has the power to inspire and amaze.

Tubular Bells tours the UK

If you listened carefully during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony you will have heard a brief re-arrangement used in the piece celebrating the NHS.

Fast forward from 1973 and the three sequels Oldfield released in the 1990’s to 2008 and Australia. Picture two musicians, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, who are long-time friends, sat around a camp fire, trying to play Tubular Bells the whole way through, using only their two guitars. That’s how Tubular Bells For Two, the multi-award winning musical show was born.

It took them nine months of rehearsal and the introduction of nineteen other instruments, but eventually the pair were able to perform the album live and its no exaggeration to say that their show has gone from strength to strength since. After wowing audiences Down Under and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Tubular Bells For Two is ready to hit London, with its premiere at Union Chapel in Islington on May 25..

When Mike Oldfield released his 1973 classic, it required more than 30 musicians to perform it. But now, exactly 40 years later, it just takes two musicians, albeit massively talented ones, to recreate the album on stage, in real-time and in a unique and compelling theatrical experience.

The original album shot to number one around the world, throwing its young composer into the international spotlight whilst kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.

You really must get tickets to the show to witness the herculean feat of Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts racing from instrument to instrument , juggling pianos, organs, guitars, mandolin, drums, glockenspiel, loop pedals, synthesizers and, of course, Tubular Bells.

These amazing musicians  recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th Century … with just four hands and four feet.

For more information on Tubular Bells for Two tickets go to 

WED 22 St David’s Hall Cardiff
THU 23 De Montford Hall Leicester
FRI 24 Royal and Derngate Northampton
SAT 25 Union Chapel London
MON 27 Eden Court Glasgow
TUE 28 City Halls Glasgow
WED 29 King’s Theatre Edinburgh
SAT 1 Harrogate Theatre Harrogate
TUE 4 The Orchard Theatre Dartford
WED 5 South Hill Park Bracknall
THU 6  Palace Theatre Newark
FRI 7 Town Hall Birmingham
SAT 8 Corn Exchange Cambridge
SUN 9 The Anvil Basingstoke
TUE 11 Opera House Buxton
WED 12 The Stables Milton Keynes
THU 13 St Georges Bristol
FRI 14 New Theatre Oxford
SAT 15 Venue Cymru Llandudno
SUN 16 The Lowry Salford Quays
TUE 18 Mill Voilvo Tyne Theatre Newcastle
WED 19 Grand Opera House York
THU 20 St Georges Hall Bradford
FRI 21 The Venue Leeds
SUN 23 The Grand Theatre Blackpool
TUE 25 Wonderground London
WED 26, Whire Rock Theatre Hastings
THU 27 Kings Theatre Portsmouth
FRI 28 Queens Theatre Barnstaple
TUE 2 Hall for Cornwall  Truro
WED 3 Princess Theatre Torquay
FRI 5 Playhouse Norwich
SAT 6 Mike Oldfield Convention Reading
SUN 7 The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
MON 8 Theatre Royal Brighton
WED 10 Palace Theatre Southend On Sea
THU 11 The Hawth Crawley
FRI 12 Henley Festival Henley
SAT 13  Corn Exchange Ipswich
SUN 14 The Alban Arena St Albans
FRI 19 Deer Shed Festival Thirsk
SAT 20 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
SAT 27 Arts Festival Galway
Lee Evans has announced a new 51 date arena tour for 2014
Brand new Lee Evans tour for 2014

Lee Evans announces brand new 2014 MONSTER tour

After his hugely successful Wired and Wonderful, Big and Roadrunner tours, Lee Evans is going even bigger and better with a MONSTER tour for 2014.

This will be the Bristolian comic’s most ambitious tour to date with over fifty nights in the biggest arenas in the UK and Ireland.

The MONSTER tour will kick off at the Bournemouth International Centre on 20 August 2014 before he travels the length and breadth of Britain in what will of course be a sold out tour.

Lee Evans will be playing an amazing four nights at the O2 in London, where he will film his tour DVD.

If you can’t wait until next year to see the award winning comic, then you can catch the stand-up at the Wyndam’s Theatre, where he will be starring alongside Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes in Clive Exton’s new play Barking In Essex which kicks of on 6 September. Tickets to see the West End show are available from 

So, don’t miss out on what is going to be Lee Evans’ most successful and biggest tour he has ever done, by grabbing those Lee Evans tickets from on Monday 20 May at 9am







Due to phenominal public demand, Micky Flanagan has announced another date at the NIA as part of his ‘Back in the Game’ tour.
Extra date added for Micky Flanagan at the NIA

Micky Flanagan adds an extra date to the NIA

The British comedian has once again extended his tour to include Saturday 9 November at the NIA in Birmingham.

This ‘Back in the Game’ tour follows his very successful ‘Out Out’ tour which received massive critical and commercial success, and this extra date follows the announcement made earlier this year that the comedian will be playing the NIA in March and November.

The Londoner is really at the top of his game and seems to have appeared from nowhere, but winning the Best Breakthrough act at the British Comedy Awards and his appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road show and Live at the Apollo, Micky has now become one of the top comedians in the UK.

Tickets to see Micky Flanagan are available from BritEvents now, tickets for the extra date  on 9 November at the NIA will go on sale on BritEvents on Saturday 16 March.

Back to Broadway the musical will be hitting the bright lights of Derbyshire on 30 January at the Buxton Opera House and will make their way around the UK until 28 March where they will say goodbye from the Palace Theatre in Newark.
A great show for all the family!!!

A great show for all the family!!!

Heralded as the UK’s leading touring musical theatre shows, Back To Broadway will be bringing all of the magic of Broadway to venues around Britain.

This show is a celebration of all that is best about musical theatre, from the heartbreaking beauty and power of Memory, Music Of The Night and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, to the feel good energy of Summer Nights and Footloose.

This mesmerizing show will take you on a journey through the world of musicals, its drama, its beauty and its sheer joy.

With 30 of the best-loved tunes from your favourite musicals including Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Chicago, Les Miserables, Lion King, West Side Story, and many, many more Back To Broadway will delight fans of musicals, which has grown ever more popular since the film Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway hit the screens.

Each of the songs performed in Back To Broadway is interwoven by a narrator who gives the audience a bit of the history surrounding the plot-line of each musical.

The show has been proclaimed as ‘one of the top 25 touring Musical Theatre productions to see’ by Musical Theatre news.

With eight of the country’s most exciting singers and dancers from a host of leading touring Musicals, this is a show that you  and your family can enjoy and never forget.

For more information on Back To Broadway tickets and dates go to

This Friday sees the US hit musical Madagascar LIVE! visit the LG arena in Birmingham and will be there to enjoy this lively colourful show.
Magagascar Live! hits the UK

Madagascar Live! tickets at

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the wild and action packed adventure story of the hit movie Madagascar, which will be touring the arenas of nine cities in the UK.

The stage show will relive the fun and the humour of the animals and their escapades, brilliantly created in an arena production, with lively storytelling, dance and music.

Why not join the crew by dancing in the aisles to ‘Move It. Move It’…Don’t worry no one will know you!!

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins as they escape the confinements of  New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves landing in the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

In this colourful and lively song-filled show, the 25 loveable characters will take you and your family on a  journey from the Central Park Zoo in New York to the sun, sand and the madcap land of Madagascar.

The Penguins are ready to be delivered to the LG arena on their unexpected journey

Join the Penguins on their unexpected journey to Madagascar Live! UK Arena tour!

The arena show is presented by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions and Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer for DreamWorks Animation, said: the show “brings together all the energy, wit and fun of the films to make an inventive entertaining live experience. Along with the classic track ‘Move It. Move It.’ we have added a selection of new songs, along with sets and costumes, dance and movement that bring the whole experience to life in spectacular fashion.”

Caspar Gerwe CEO of Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, also said:  “Family members of all ages will love this live staging of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar. A perfect treat for everyone – the show entertains, delights and amuses in equal measure”.

He added: “This UK tour brings the live version of this much-loved story to a venue near you. Don’t miss it.”

The show is suitable for everyone over the age of 3 year-old and the  LG Arena in Birmingham will play host to the show this weekend, Madagascar Live! tickets for all dates in the UK are available through now!

So don’t miss out on what is going to be a fab live show, we’ll be there on Friday so look out for the review over the weekend on

Two of the most successful comedians are on tour this year.  Reginald D Hunter and Eddie Izzard both kick-start their tours in May 2013 and tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday 3 January) from

Eddie Izzard to kick start his UK tour in May 2013 tickets available from

Eddie Izzard is one of the most successful comedians of our time and will be kicking of his marathon European leg of his tour in March 2013.

The cross dressing stand-up has added another nine dates to his UK tour due to public demand, this mega tour will now see the comedian perform at 18 venues around the country including London’s O2, Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and Sheffield and the NIA in Birmingham.

His Force Majeure tour, which means irresistible power in French is said to be the most extensive show to ever hit the road and will see Eddie play in 25 different countries.

Tickets to see Eddie Izzard will be available from tomorrow.

Reginald D Hunter is an American stand-up comedian, but is now based in the UK.  Reginald will be hitting the road again in 2013 which will kick-start at Cheltenham Town Hall on 2 May.

This US comedian will be bringing his own unique blend of humour in his new show titled In The Midst Of Crackers.

Reginald D Hunter will be kicking off in Cheltenham on 2 May 2013 tickets available from

This show follows two previously sold out tours of the UK, and his debut DVD Reginald D Hunter Live. Reginald is one of the most popular guests on television shows such as Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of Ten Cats and QI.

Reginald is one of the most intelligent and unpredictable comics of our time. Often using issues in his routines about race which he feels are important. The stand up has often attracted some controversy has he attempts to reclaim the word “nigga”.

One of his stand-up shows titled, Reginald D Hunter: Pride and Prejudice…& Niggas attracted some controversy when the poster for the show was banned from the London Underground.

Tickets to see Reginald D Hunter will be available from tomorrow (3 January)

Welsh Rockers Stereophonics have been touring the UK this December to sold out audiences. Birmingham’s O2 Academy have announced today that a small batch of tickets have been added for tonight’s gig.

Stereophonics' new album 'Graffiti On A train' to be released in March 2013

More tickets added for the Stereophonics for tonight in Birmingham

The O2 Academy used their Facebook page to advertise the news this afternoon that more tickets had been released for the stereophonics later this evening (19 December). have also got tickets available for tonight’s event at the O2 Academy and tickets for the  Stereophonics gig in The Troxy in London for tomorrow night (20 December).

The Stereophonics who formed in 1992 in Wales, have had their fair share of sadness.  After playing their first ever gig in Cardiff City Stadium to a sold out audience of 30,000, the original drummer Stuart Cable was found dead in his home just two days later.

Audio Engineer Javier Weyler from Argentina replaced the original sticksman in 2005

Unfortunately in July of this year the band announced on Facebook and Twitter that Javier had left the band, but no explanation as to why the drummer had left was given.

In September of this year it was announced that the former drummer for the Noisettes , Jamie Morrison had replaced Weyler, and a month later the band released a video for the track ‘Violins and Tambourines’ from their upcoming album ‘Graffiti On The Train’ due for release in March 2013.

So, grab the chance of seeing one of the most underrated bands of the decade and get your Stereophonics tickets from

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – A Gothic Romance has overcome the 100 year dilemma.

If you have ever read the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty you will know that the story line is about a princess who is put under a sleep spell for 100 hundred years to be woken by a kiss from a prince.

Not exactly a romantic story, as, according to Matthew Bourne,  there is no real love interest until the end.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

But Matthew Bourne’s stunning ballet overcomes this slight problem by implementing some vampire action with an “element of True Blood”, he told BBC Breakfast this morning.

The contemporary choreographer also wanted to create a love interest before the princess is put under the sleeping spell, with the dilemma of how the prince can stay alive for over 100 years.

So, the obvious solution for the choreographer, is of course to use the ever-growing public’s fascination and  interest in the vampire community, as Matthew Bourne said this morning, “we are not here to maintain tradition” and told the presenters on BBC that he likes to approach things in a different way adding his own spin to stories.

The story begins at Princess Aurora’s Christening and will take you on a journey into a haunting, mythical and mysterious world filled with fairies, princess and vampires, where the traditional tale of good v bad is turned on its head, creating a supernatural love story that travels across the decades.

This delightfully dark and mysterious ballet is suitable for all ages, with breathtaking scenery and “more costumes and quick changes than ever before” Matthew Bourne certainly delivers yet another spectacle!!!

Sleeping Beauty is playing at The Lowry until this weekend and will be touring throughout the UK until next May. For more information on Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty tickets go to

Rumours have been flying around that The Rolling Stones are touring the UK.

There is good and bad news, The Rolling Stones are not touring the UK, but will be appearing in November 2012 at the O2 Arena for just two nights and further two nights in New York in the US.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are to play London’s O2 in November

Guitarist Keith Richards has let it slip that the band have “booked shows in London and New York”, after the band had previously denied the rumours. Richards confirmed the bookings during an interview with Q magazine and also told them that there will be a run of shows in the UK and in the US.

He told the magazine: “We’ve got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can’t talk about any of that at the moment. They’ve put a gag on me on this. You can hint!”.

The band, who are set to celebrate their 5oth anniversary, will be sharing a stage together this autumn amid rumours that the band are booked for Glastonbury in 2013 as their last ever performance together.

Glastonbury tickets sold out within 1 hour and 40 minutes last Sunday, despite the fact that non of the headlined bands had been confirmed. But there was ample evidence, according to lucky ticket holders, that The Rolling Stones are to headline and use the festival to bid farewell once and for all!

The band who have been working together on a new album ‘GRRR’ The Collection have released a debut single, their first of two, called ‘Doom and Gloom’. The second single which they are said to be still working on, is called ‘One More Shot’.

These two new singles is the first new material to be released by the band since their 2005 album ‘A Bigger bang’.

If the rumours are true that The Stones are to headline Glasto next year then the tens of thousands of ticket holders have certainly purchased a golden opportunity to see one of the most iconic bands to come out of the UK this century! have had our ears to the ground and can tell our readers that news about The Rolling Stones tickets will be available within the next week or so.

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Check out their bluesy new track ‘Doom and Gloom’ here:-