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Thursday, 10 March 2022

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Birmingham Hippodrome

 Disney's Beauty and the Beast at 

Birmingham Hippodrome

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is here in town at the Birmingham Hippodrome right up until Saturday March 26th. The most enchanted musical of all time, my personal favourite, Beauty and the Beast, returns to the stage for a brand new, completely reimagined UK & Ireland tour.

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, stunning sets and amazing actors. Disney’s beloved ‘tale as old as time’ has been brought to life on the stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from beautiful Belle and her Beast.

Last night was a whirlwind of emotions for me, getting lost in pure Disney magic for a few hours. Getting swept up in the drama, the showstopping dance routines and the romance, it was just what I needed. I'd never been to see a Disney production live before so I had no expectations but if I had, everyone of them would have been exceeded over and over.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a story we all know and love but the live show is a little different or it would all be way too predictable. They haven't changed much or it would spoil the story but they have changed just enough to make it exciting and keep you entertained.

Being a Disney production, of course everything was going to be magical. Everything from the amazingly talented cast to the enchanting scenery and the dazzling costumes, was absolutely perfect. The stage effects included everything from fog machines, to glitter cannons and neon lights galore. It was such a spectacular sight to see and enjoy live. 

The cast included a rather charming voice over from the amazing Angela Lansbury, Sam Bailey with her gorgeous voice was Mrs Potts, Gavin Lee charmed the whole audience as the wonderful Lumiere and of course the beautiful Belle was played by the amazing Grace Swaby-Moore for our showing last night. Each and every cast member up on that stage last night was truly superb. They're such a talented cast, totally deserving of the standing ovation they received. I think I have a new favourite theatre show - Yes. It was that good!

Every song was sung perfectly and every dance routine was engaging. I especially loved the ten minute 'Be Our Guest' spectacular, just Wow. This show really does have everything. Last night I fell in love with the story of Beauty and the Beast all over again. Even though I knew how the story would I end, the emotions were overwhelming and so real. Seeing a story like this one unfold live on stage before you're very eyes was just incredible and I loved every minute of it. I hate to admit it but I actually cried sad tears when the Beast died and happy tears when Chip became a real boy. I don't think I was the only one either, it was intense.

This show is truly magical and I definitely recommend that you go see it if you can.

The Magic of Disney is Real and Beauty and the Beast, has it!

Disclosure: I attended the Press Night. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

Last night my children and I attended the opening night and press night of the UK and Ireland's 2022 tour of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham opened up it's doors for this incredible production. Direct from London, this smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nation’s favourite book is coming to a theatre near you in 2022. You won't want to miss it.

Step through the wardrobe and into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet a Faun, talking Beavers, the noble king of Narnia, Aslan and the coldest, most evil of all, White Witch. We loved them all.

The staging of this show was wonderful, my kids really loved the low lighting. The cast set the scene of this story so perfectly. Everything was magical and charming. You felt a whole host of emotions whilst watching this adventure, everything from happiness, love, joy to sadness. We were all sat on the edge of our seats the whole way through and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. So much so, that we didn't want it to end. The music and the costumes were out of this world too, we'd never seen anything like them, they really did blow us away.

It's been a while since my kids have enjoyed a live show so much. Maybe it was the perfect mix of musical and play that captured their attention. There's lots of cute and funny animals to meet, scenes of flying creatures and so much more. The White Witch was scary at times but also soft and gentle at others. You really felt her emotions and loved her as the baddie. My boy loved Aslan and the amazing puppet they used for his lion. There were so many wonderful moments to be enjoyed by the whole family. I'm so glad we went to see it.

We even got to meet Santa Clause too, which was very exciting.

 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is live at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from Tuesday 8 March until Saturday 12th March. We would absolutely recommend that you go see if it you can whilst it's in town as it's definitely one not to be missed. Tickets are still available to buy online but be quick if it's something you'd like to see this week. 

Prices start from just £14 - These tickets are totally worth every penny.

Sadly, I have just been informed that Sam Womack won't be in any performances at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham for the remainder of this week. Due to illness, the roles of The White Witch and Mrs. Macready will be played by Rachel Dawson, and the roles of Professor Kirk and Father Christmas will be played by Matthew James Hinchliffe. 

Disclosure: We attended the Press Night showing. All Opinions expressed ar 100% my own.

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Fatal Attraction at The Alexandra from Tue 1 March to Sat 5 March

 Fatal Attraction at The Alexandra 

Tue 1 March to Sat 5 March.

Last night saw the Opening night of Fatal Attraction by James Dearden, based on the Paramount Pictures Corporation Motion Pictures, live at the Alexandra Birmingham. 

The intoxicating new stage play of Fatal Attraction, brings the movie thriller to the UK stage. Starring British pop and TV sensation Kym Marsh as the iconic Alex Forrest, soap star favourite Oliver Farnworth as Dan Gallagher and Footballer’s Wives siren Susie Amy, as Beth Gallagher. The three of them are so talented up on that stage. They were are captivating.

When happily married New York attorney Dan Gallagher, meets charming editor Alex on a night out in the city, they both commit to a night of passion that they can’t take back. Dan returns home to his family and tries to forget the mistake he has made, but Alex has different ideas. Dan’s about to discover that love is a dangerous game, and Alex has only one rule; you play fair with her, and she’ll play fair with you. It's a pretty intense show but it's awesome.

Please be warned that this production features adult language, scenes of violence, partial nudity and scenes of self harm. It's tastefully done but could still be distressing.

Kym Marsh was brilliant, she played Alex so well and really stole the show for me. You really felt her pain and believed every word she said. She oozes sex appeal, charm and charisma in every single scene. This is her final week of playing Alex as the role changed on March 8th so this is your last chance to see her if you want to. This show was so good, I enjoyed it. 

The whole staging of this play was fantastic, you get to really see inside their lives and follow them as their story unravels. There's lots of surprises and some shocking scenes too which even I didn't see coming. I loved how this play wasn't afraid to show real life passion between the characters. The bedroom scenes were pretty racey but so cleverly done. It was intense.

My husband and I had a great time last night and would definitely recommend this play to you if you like a good thriller as it's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat all night long.

 Fatal Attraction at The Alexandra from Tue 1 March to Sat 5 March - Grab your TICKETS.

Don't worry if you can't see it in Birmingham as the Tour continues all round the country in March, April and May. Check out Fatal Attraction to see if it's coming to a town near you.

Disclosure: I attended the Press Night Showing. All Opinions Expressed are 100% my own.