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I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Posts tagged “Sunderland Empire

The Wedding Singer (UK Tour) Review

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Cast

Jon Robyns – Robbie Hart

Cassie Crompton – Julia Sullivan

Ray Quinn – Glen Gulia

Roxanne Pallett – Holly

Ruth Madoc – Rosie

Ashley Emerson – Sammy

Samuel Holmes – George

Venue – Sunderland Empire

Date – Wednesday 22nd February 2017

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Stage Door – Kerry Ellis

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Last night after seeing the incredible Wonderland the Musical at the Sunderland Empire. I waited at the stage door to try and meet Kerry Ellis. Didn’t have to wait too long and she was so nice. Signing programmes and posing for photographs!

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Wonderland the Musical (UK Tour) Review

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Cast

Kerry Ellis – Alice

Naomi Morris – Ellie

Stephen Webb – Jack

Dave Willetts – White Rabbit

Natalie McQueen – Mad Hatter

Wendi Peters – Queen of Hearts

Venue – Sunderland Empire

Date – Wednesday 1st February 2017

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Theatre: Wicked UK Tour 2018!

Some fantastic news was announced on Thursday, Wicked is going to be flying around the UK on tour again in 2018. I will certainly be attending a couple of the dates when it comes to the North East, I mean I have only seen this incredible show 8 times . . .

Here are the dates of the show and ticket sales which start this week for some venues. If you have a ATG Theatre Card you get the lovely pre-sale! A week before they then go on general sale. The only decision now more than a year in advance is what date will be best to pick!

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Top 10 – Theatre Shows in 2016

Before I get into the list I thought it would be a great idea to mention that you can read about my 2016 Theatre trips here so you have an idea of which shows that I had to choose from when putting together my top 10 list of the year.

When picking the shows that could be in the list, I managed to narrow it down to 16! So then having to make the final pick was rather difficult as that is how much I really did enjoy and love them.

Just missing out on the list was Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The End of Longing and Wicked. It was so difficult to have to leave out No Man’s Land as it was an absolute honour seeing Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on stage. As well as Nice Fish with Mark Rylance (who is to be made a Sir).

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2016 at the Theatre

Here I go with an overview of my 2016 of theatre trips to see musicals and plays. Touring shows that have come to the North East at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and the Sunderland Empire. As well as managing to have a few trips down to London to take in what the West End has to offer! You can check out the list of shows here. I have somehow managed to out do 2015 catching 31 shows in 2016!

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Do you hear the people sing? Let’s take a look back at my 2016 at the Theatre.

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Me Nanna’s Diary – 1953

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My incredible Nanna passed away almost 5 years ago it was 1st December 2011, after suffering with Dementia for a few years. Which really feels like losing your loved one twice and in different ways. When she was moved into a home, everything had to be emptied from her house. Including some diaries she had kept over the years. As you can see from the above picture from 1953. She had written birthdays in and almost wrote in it every day. She was 22 and then turned 23 in the August of that year. I thought it was a perfect way to celebrate her memory by posting this blog post!

What I have found is that in 1953 it was a big deal to wash your hair and have a bath, which usually happened just once per week, this is documented in the diary. Visiting your friends to watch TV as not everyone had them, writing letters (my Grandad was in the RAF and used to go away a lot) and receiving them. But the main form of entertainment and well enjoyment was the cinema (and sometimes theatre) I am very lucky to therefore say that my Nanna actually wrote in each film she went to see. She used to go most of the time with my Grandad, her best friend, her sister and occasionally on her own.

I have therefore decided to turn this into a blog project and attempt to watch all of the films she went to see at the cinema in 1953! This is going to be rather tricky for some of the films, I am still trying to work out some of them as well struggling with the writing and then trying to cross it over with a film from either 1952 or 1953 as it gets later in the year, the only thing is though that sometimes older films were also shown. The fact that some films have since had a name change as not helped at times either! She did seem to get bored of writing in the diary by November as it had less in and hardly anything at all in December, maybe she actually lost it for a while?

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Footloose: The Musical (UK Tour) Review

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Cast

Luke Baker – Ren McCormack

Gareth Gates – Willard

Maureen Nolan – Vi Moore/Principal Clark

Hannah Price – Ariel Moore

David J. Higgins – Rev Shaw Moore

Venue: Sunderland Empire

Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016

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Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour) Review

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Cast

Ray Davies – Ryan O’Donnell

Dave Davies – Mark Newnham

Pete Quaife – Garmon Rhys

Mick Avory – Andrew Gallo

Venue – Sunderland Empire

Date – Tuesday 4th October 2016

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Ghost the Musical (UK Tour) Review

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Cast

MOLLY – Sarah Harding
SAM – Andy Moss
ODA MAE – Jacqui Dubois
CARL – Sam Ferriday
WILLIE – Leo Sene
HOSPITAL GHOST – James Earl Adair
SUBWAY GHOST – Gary Lee Netly
LOUISE – Tarisha Rommick
CLARA – Simbi 
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Show Date: Friday 30th September 2016

Venue: Sunderland Empire

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