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Okay, so this probably paints me as an uncultured swine but I’ve never seen the ‘Footloose’ movie … just had to admit that upfront. This may look bad on me, but it made watching ‘Footloose – The Musical’ possibly an even better experience for me. I had no preconceptions except for my love for the awesome song that is ‘Footloose’ by Kenny Loggins. Now, if unlike me, you have seen the movie, and love it (of course), then seeing the musical will surely only increase your love.

The lights dimmed at Bunker Theatre as the band (a sub-set of LATIMO, led by MD Nick Pike with vocalist Anne-Marie Piazza) entered the stage and the party atmosphere began. Launching straight into the well-known Funk Soundtrack which framed the performance, the audience instantly felt they had stepped back in time to a martini filled funk/tap club. As the scene is set, we witness four friends enter the club and sit down together as their night begins to pick up.

I’ve been tremendously looking forward to this show! Dreamgirls opened some thirty-five years ago on Broadway.  The film was released ten years ago.  Its UK premiere is directed by Casey Nicholaw – of Aladdin and Book of Mormon, so there was no doubt that there would be some guts to this revival. Dreamgirls is currently showing at the Savoy on London’s Strand. 

Man to Man comes to Wilton’s Music Hall in London to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of its UK premiere. The show has a limited two week run in London before going on its UK tour and onto sold out dates in New York City. WhatsOnStage just gave the show a five-star review and called it. . .” A tour de force. Pieces of theatre that engage the mind, heart and soul as much as this one does are pretty rare.”  Star of the show Maggie Bain, talks about the show and her decision to work on this incredible piece.

Eyes Closed, Ears Covered has recently had its world premiere at The Bunker Theatre. Eyes Closed, Ears Covered centres on two teenage boys and what happens when an adventure meets with their past. We were fortunate enough to be able to chat with Joe Idris-Roberts, one of the show’s stars and get to know a little more about him and the show.

Cirque Eloize, the contemporary Canadian circus troop that has wowed audiences around the world, is returning to the West End with their new production Saloon. Saddle up your horses and get ready for an evening full of live country and folk music, wild escapades and amazing feats of strength and agility.

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