• Agatha Christie,  theatre

    The Mousetrap At The Alexandra: The Classic Whodunit Returns To Brum

    The most iconic whodunit of all time? That would have to be The Mousetrap, the Agatha Christie classic which has been thrilling audiences for 70 years, and is the longest running West End show of them all. Last night it had its press night in Birmingham at The Alexandra Theatre, and, although I, along with the rest of the audience, have been sworn to secrecy about who-actually-did-it, I can say it is a gloriously entertaining piece of theatre that has its tongue more than firmly in cheek. The snow is beating down, and Monkswell Hall Guest House is welcoming its first visitors, unfortunately, one of them may just be a…

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    Talking Panto With Tam Ryan And Ian Adams

    Ahead of the Wolverhampton Grand Panto Season, which this year is Aladdin, I chatted with a Tam Ryan and Ian Adams. Both are returning to Wolverhampton this year after a very successful season in Cinderella last year, and both were keen to talk about what this years show will bring. Fashion-mommy: Ian and Tam, welcome back to Wolverhampton, can you tell me a little about your characters this year? Tam: Well I’m Wishy Washy, Aladdin’s brother. He’s cheeky and hapless and totally drives the comedy. He is also a character that brings the audience into the show through participation. Ian: I’m Widow Twanky, Aladdin’s mom and a poor washerwomen, it…

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    The Osmonds Musical Delights Birmingham

    It has to be said that last night was not a normal opening night at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. To put it blunty, maybe The Osmonds did leave the stage twice in their heyday due to medical emergancies in the audience that meant that the show had to be stopped, the lights put up and ambulances called, but I have to say it’s not something that I’ve seen in my time in reviewing theatre. That said, the cast were absolute troopers, utter professionals who made sure we all made it to the end, and that a good time was had with one of the best musicals around. The Osmonds story…