Here’s our 37th round-up of 2018 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by Kylie Minogue and Europe. Next week’s will follow next Friday, September 21.• Pop legend Kylie Minogue returns to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Tuesday, September 18, to kick off her latest UK tour. This will be her eighth visit to the venue following previous shows in 2014, 2008 four times and 2002 twice. The 50-year-old, born in Melbourne in Australia, is on tour to plug her 14th album, Golden, a No 1 hit released in April. Tickets cost £57, £67.75, £78.25, £105.25 or £163.25. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk • Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith star in song-and-dance show Rip it Up: The 60s at the Sage Gateshead next Thursday, September 20. Tickets cost £24.50, £32.70, £40.90 or £105. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com• A stage version of the … [Read more...] about 7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including the musicals Wicked and Calendar Girls
Wicked uk tour cast
Cast revealled for Snow White in Lincoln TV and West End star Amelia Lily will head the cast for this year’s Christmas pantomime Snow Wite and Seven Dwarves at Lincoln’s New Theatre Royal. Amelia, who will play the Unicorn Fairy, is best known for her TV appearances on X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother and her West End role in American Idiot and playing Princess Fiona on the recent UK tour of Shrek the Musical.Amelia is joined in the cast by CBBC star Barney Harwood as the show’s heartthrob Huntsman.Barney is a well-loved TV presenter, most noted for his appearances on Prank Patrol and Blue Peter on CBBC and, most recently, Celebrity MasterChef.Barney admits he’s a bit cheeky, a character trait which lends itself perfectly to pantomime.Fellow CBBC man, Christopher Johnson – best known as Yonko – will play Muddles.Christopher is back by popular demand after previous performances in Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland.Joey Howard, makes his New … [Read more...] about Star cast announced for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in Lincoln
Ed Power reviews Wicked at the BGE Theatre in Dublin.A ridiculous politician, high on bluster, tightens his grip on power by appealing to the worst prejudices of the populace. His hair is silly, but his rhetoric is potent, and he has a powerful aversion to women who know their minds. When Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz debuted Wicked on Broadway, in 2003, little could they have predicted how strongly this fantastic, hyperactive, and thumpingly allegorical Wizard Of Oz prequel would resonate years later. Yet, the contemporary parallels are undeniable, as the new UK touring production clicks its ruby slippers and materialises at BGE Theatre for a seven-week run.The politician is the Wizard of Oz. As the 1939 adaptation of the Frank L Baum novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, communicated so iconically, he’s a small man taking refuge in a vainglorious image. But he meets his match, and then some, in Amy Ross’s Elphaba. A green-skinned young woman raised an outcast, she is … [Read more...] about Review: The spell Wicked casts in Dublin is undeniable
Wicked, BGE Theatre, DublinA ridiculous politician, high on bluster, tightens his grip on power by appealing to the worst prejudices of the populace, writes Ed Power. His hair is silly but his rhetoric is potent –and he has a powerful aversion to women who know their minds.When Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz debuted Wicked on Broadway in 2003, little could they have predicted how strongly this fantastic, hyperactive and thumpingly allegorical Wizard Of Oz prequel would resonate a decade and a half later. Yet the contemporary parallels are undeniable as the new UK touring production clicks its ruby slippers and materialises at BGE Theatre for a seven week run. The ridiculous politician is the not very wonderful Wizard of Oz. As the 1939 adaptation of the Frank L Baum novel communicated so iconically, he’s a small man taking refuge in a vainglorious image. But he meets his match, and then some, in Amy Ross’s Elphaba. A green-skinned young woman raised an outcast, … [Read more...] about REVIEW: Does the popular musical live up to its Wicked name?
Sitcom star Sue Holderness will be playing the villain of this year’s festive family feast at Mansfield Palace Theatre. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs will run at the Leeming Street venue from Saturday, December 1, to Sunday, January 6.Sue is a much-loved British actress, best known for her role as Marlene in John Sullivan’s hit BBC1 sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Sue played this iconic role from 1984 until the final episode in 2003. Such was the success of the character that Sue and her on screen husband (John Challis) were asked to co-star in the hugely popular spin-off The Green Green Grass, which ran for four series, and three Christmas specials. Sue’s numerous other TV credits include The New Avengers, Minder, Heartbeat, Cold Feet and Casualty.Alongside her work on screen, Sue also works extensively on stage, and can currently be seen in the national tour of Quartet, alongside Paul Nicholas, Wendi Peters and Jeff Rawle. Among Sue’s many other theatre … [Read more...] about Sitcom favourite Sue will head the cast of this year’s Palace Theatre panto