REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast – Tue 24-Sat 28 Oct Reviewed by Damien Murray on Tue 24 October **** The major appeal of this extremely popular biographical musical is that its subject, Carole King, really is a cross-generational artist, performer, singer, songwriter … and her eventful – but […]

REVIEW: Monty Python’s Spamalot by Ulster Operatic Company

Making his directorial debut both with this company and at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this week, Neil Keery had a challenge every bit as difficult as King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail … because this irreverent parody of Arthur’s famous legend and unconventional send-up of musical theatre itself is like nothing else in […]

Theatre review: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ‬

I love children, their banter, their irreverence and their enthusiasm and there was plenty of enthusiasm as they waited for the opening of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. Total age range in Tuesday night’s audience at the MAC with plenty of young teenagers who appeared to be engrossed. I queried who was […]

Rehearsals underway for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 at The Mac

Teenagers of the eighties will all remember this secret diary of a loveable loser who can’t catch a break.  Hilariously captured in his notebook, adolescence doesn’t offer much for our Adrian. His parents’ crumbling marriage, spots and bullies, his unrequited love for Pandora, and the erratic behaviour of his dog – his teenage world is […]

REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

It is often said that ‘pies can be wholesome’ and that ‘revenge can be sweet’, but there is nothing wholesome nor sweet about these two important ingredients in the story of Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim’s classic chiller about the vengeful ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and his pie-filling side-kick, Mrs Lovett, throws up many difficulties […]

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Returning for another Summer Youth Group production with the well-known story about Joseph (the young man gifted with dreams of future events), this highly talented youth company is gifted with attracting young performers of the calibre of Conor Cox, who’s angelic vocals and confident playing of Joseph here proved that his own stage future could […]

Theatre review: Oliver!

Like the leading character in Lionel Bart's family musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist, we were all left wanting ‘more’ after watching this heavily populated, fast-paced, well-dressed and busy production, featuring over 230 young local talents (aged 9-18) in the seventh year of this acclaimed summer scheme. This slick and seamless production […]

Review: The Current

Review: The Current at Belfast Waterfront Perhaps best described as a play with music rather than a conventional musical, this latest work from the Pamela Cassells stable is a hard-hitting piece of drama by anyone’s standards. The clever word play of the title of the piece – reflecting both the contemporary setting and nature of […]

7 things to expect at The Grand Opera House Family Festival 

The Grand Opera House has announced details of its first ever Family Festival which runs from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 July 2017.   The fun-filled Festival is packed with a range of activities guaranteed to entertain, engage, educate and inspire all ages.  What to expect:  Daily guided tours tell the colourful history of Northern […]

7 things to do in Belfast (January 30 – February 5)

Looking for theatre and music events in Belfast from 30 Jan – 5 Feb? Check out our top 7 things to do. I’ll tell my ma, The Mac Until 4 Feb Brought to you by Joseph Rea Productions and starring Christina Nelson (Handbag Positive), this is the hilarious one-woman show charting the misadventures of one […]

Start a new Christmas tradition with festive theatre in Belfast

Start a new Christmas tradition with festive theatre in Belfast. Our guide to the biggest and best theatre shows in Belfast this season… oh yes it is! Grand Opera House CINDERELLA Queen-of-comedy, May McFettridge, leads the cast as the Fairy Godmother in her 27th year of panto at the Grand Opera House. She will be […]

Theatre review: As The Tide Ebbs @lyricbelfast

As The Tide Ebbs by Pearse Elliott Lyric Theatre Belfast until 5th June 2016 I was expecting much from the author of ‘The Holy Holy Bus’, a play that impressed and entertained me greatly. Was I disappointed in the premier of his latest offering? Initially ‘As The Tide Ebbs’ by Pearse Elliott seemed slow and […]

My thoughts: The 39 Steps

Mid way through its run at the Lyric Theatre, The 39 Steps is currently selling out most nights. It will probably continue to do so for the remainder of its run after a number of fantastic reviews.  It’s hard to write a review half way through a production because your expectations could be altered due […]

Preview: The 39 Steps 

‘The 39 Steps.’ Thrills, spills and raucous laughter! An excellent evening of entertainment. Bruiser Theatre Company are bringing ‘The 39 Steps’ to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The co-production with the Lyric opens on Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 16 April 2016. The 39 Steps is 100 minutes of comedic fun brought together with thrilling action […]

Review: The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech Grand Opera House until Saturday 25th April 2015 We had the great pleasure of welcoming playwright David Seidler to the Grand Opera House on Tuesday to join the audience on the opening night of his play The King’s Speech. Talking to him before the curtain up was fascinating, between taking calls from […]

Anne Hailes reviews: Lally the Scut

Lally the Scut by Abbie Spallen MAC Theatre Belfast Until 2nd May 2015 This play was much heralded, biggest cast, largest company and all the surrounding debate about cuts to budgets. Certainly Tinderbox assembled some of our top actors and Abbie Spallen has a fine portfolio of writing yet for me it was too tangled […]