Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment ~ Genting Arena, Birmingham

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment is touring the UK, get your tickets here: Disney On Ice

Star rating: ******

Disney on Ice is a splendour not easily forgotten, even at my age I still find not much rivals the feeling of seeing Mickey Mouse in person! So, Mickey Mouse on ice skates is something different altogether, in the most glorious way possible. Add his friends; Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy to the mix and the arena was definitely packed full of happy patrons.

The Worlds of Enchantment show takes the audience on a journey through four different and popular Disney films and all with the added magic that our favourite characters are on ice skates and pulling off some pretty marvellous tricks to boot. Toy Story was up first, and the third film in the franchise was used as the basis, with Ken and Barbie’s love story at the heart of it. I was amazed by the costumes worn by the performers who skated as Ham the Pig and Slinky Dog, no mean feat to manage that on skates. It was a real treat to be transported back to the fun and poignancy of the film.

The Little Mermaid followed and we were immersed in the underwater world which Ariel and her friends inhabit. Scary villain Ursula was also on hand to cause mayhem and that can’t have been an easy costume to wear on the ice, either. We enjoyed singing along to the well known songs and watching the classic tale being recreated by talented skaters at the top of their game.

Cars was an incredible film to watch on the ice, Mater was there to take us through the story and Lightning McQueen’s appearance delighted my young plus one. It was an entirely different experience to see the cars on ice as opposed to the performers and it worked superbly.

Frozen is the best way to round off an evening jam-packed with Disney magic, the scenery accompanying this spectacle is phenomenal and the performers skating as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff paid a great resemblance to the characters. Let It Go has lost none of its appeal and there was no better song to punctuate the stunning scenery changes in the excerpt. A wonderful finale which captivated all of us in our little party and those around us too.

You don’t have to be a big Disney fan to go along and see this exceptional production, watching the films portrayed this way is like no experience you’ll find anywhere else. Enjoy!

Peppa Pig’s Adventure! ~ Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Peppa Pig’s Adventure! is on UK tour, check out all the tour dates and book tickets here: Peppa Pig Live

Star rating: ****

Peppa Pig’s Adventure! What a fantastic opportunity to introduce young ones to the theatre and to pay a return visit to the theatre with your little ones who may already be seasoned theatre-goers, like the young critic we have here at Entertainment Views!

Peppa Pig remains such a popular television programme for children of varying ages, that the live show has something for everyone, from a tiny age to school age and beyond. There are well-known songs and some that were new to my son and I, all of which we enthusiastically joined in with. The characters are portrayed by multi-talented puppeteers and costumed actors all of whom seamlessly pulled off a thoroughly convincing ‘episode’ of the show. It took me some time to realise that the cast were using their own voices to voice the characters and that it wasn’t being done with pre-recordings, that’s how accurate they are. Kudos to Stephanie Houtman (Peppa Pig), Maryann O’Brien (George), Eleanor Aldridge (Mummy Pig/Madam Gazelle), David Sandham (Daddy Pig/Pedro Pony), Sarah Barbet (Suzy Sheep), Matthew Brock (Gerald Giraffe) and Bronte Tadman, who played a ‘human’ character, Daisy.

The characters go on a camping adventure with their school, the bus is of course driven by Daddy Pig and Madam Gazelle is at the helm. The Bing Bong Song has made it to the live show and the theatre was rocking with it!

If your kids love Peppa Pig, they will find this magical, seeing their favourites come to life before their eyes will doubtless be a special moment for them. It’s a great family day out too, even older children may well be fascinated by the portrayal of the characters even if they’ve outgrown the show itself. My one complaint is that a number of the popular characters were missing. I appreciate the reasons why all of them can’t be present, however my little lad was bereft at the lack of Miss Rabbit, even though I was delighted that Madam Gazelle was included (unashamedly naming her as my favourite character!!).

Go and see it, you’ll be sorry to miss this – from scenery to the atmosphere in the theatre, all absolutely brilliant.

 

Olivier Awards 2018

Another year gone since we last celebrated the world of Theatre in the company of ‘Larry’. Last year’s Olivier Awards were in danger of transitioning into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Awards! This year, however, the winners have been selected a little more evenly across the board, although as far as plays are concerned, The Ferryman were very successful tonight and in the musicals genre, Hamilton collected a fair amount of the coveted trophies, as predicted. There were a few surprises though, which didn’t go amiss, one of them being Best Actress in a Musical going to Shirley Henderson for Girl from the North Country.

Photo Credit: Olivier Awards Twitter Account

I’m personally delighted that Follies was recognised as having the best costumes, a well deserved win for Vicki Mortimer. Follies bagging Best Musical Revival was also exciting to hear!

The show itself which was broadcast on ITV at 10:20pm (and sadly, not in its entirety), showcased some fantastic productions and I am inspired to see Young Frankenstein The Musical. I thought that looked like a scream (pardon the pun) and what a brilliant showbiz number they selected to show off. 42nd Street, I have reviewed and the numbers they chose to perform remain as wow-factor fuelled now as when I saw the show live, last year. Tracie Bennett singing her solo from Follies was the highlight of the night for me, she blew the roof off the Royal Albert Hall, it’s a shame there couldn’t have been two winners in the Supporting Actress in a Musical category!

Here’s the full list of winners, see how many you agree with, I feel the list below indicates a good range of diversity in the arts and would like to congratulate each and every winner.

Photo Credit Matthew Murphy

Full List of Winners:

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical

Michael Jibson, Hamilton

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical

Sheila Atim, Girl from the North Country

Outstanding achievement in music

Hamilton

Best new dance production

Flight Pattern

Outstanding achievement in dance

Francesca Velicu, Le Sacre du Printemps

Best entertainment and family

Dick Whittington

Best theatre choreographer

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Best musical revival

Follies

Best actor in a musical

Giles Terera, Hamilton

Best actress in a musical

Shirley Henderson, Girl from the North Country

Best revival

Angels in America

Best new comedy

Labour of Love

Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre

Killology

Best lighting design

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Best sound design

Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton

Best costume design

Vicki Mortimer, Follies

Best set design

Bob Crowley, An American in Paris

Best actor in a supporting role

Bertie Carvel, Ink

Best actress in a supporting role

Denise Gough for Angels in America

Best new opera production

Semiramide

Outstanding achievement in opera

Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona, Semiramide

Best actor

Bryan Cranston, Network

Best actress

Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman

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Best director

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

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Best new play

The Ferryman

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Best new musical

Hamilton

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