Birmingham Hippodrome half-term workshops. Credit: Simon Hadley
Birmingham Hippodrome is staging an exciting programme of free theatrical workshops this Easter half-term. Designed with the family in mind, children of all ages will be entertained with a range of free workshops from Monday 15 – Friday 19 April.
For the first time at the Hippodrome, the theatre will host an accessible Sensory Circus (17 Apr) for children with additional needs including Autism, Asperger’s and other complex disabilities. As well as the Sensory Circus, there will be specially created chill out spaces close-by featuring circus play tents filled with sensory toys and apparatus.
In partnership with DanceXchange, Family Yoga (15 Apr) will offer parents and their little ones the chance to spend some happy, healthy time together. In the Street Dance workshop (19 Apr) expect a Hip-Hop inspired event where kids can work up a sweat with seasoned Street Dance teachers in the lead up to B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival, coming to Birmingham this May.
In-keeping with Easter traditions, Easter Activities (15-19 Apr) will invite families to create their own colourful eggs, plus the chance to take part in an egg-citing Easter egg trail. There’s also the chance to discover industry secrets with Stage Make-Up for Families (16 Apr), with the opportunity to create dramatic characters and artistic make-up for the stage.
Arts and crafts take centre stage in the Build your own Brum workshop (18 Apr), working with illustrator Tsz, you’ll get to redesign your very own Birmingham. You can also join a Protest Flag Makingworkshop (16 & 19 Apr) inspired by Les Misérables. Drop in and create a flag with a message of peace or protest.
In the Make Your Own Theatre Poster workshop (15 & 18 Apr), families can come together to create eye-catching theatrical posters inspired by some of the headlining productions that have graced the Hippodrome stage.
The Missing’s Julien Baptiste returns in the titular role of a new six-part drama for BBC One
French detective Julien Baptiste, who first appeared in The Missing series one and two, returns in the titular role of a new six-part drama for BBC One. Starring Tchéky Karyo, Tom Hollander and Jessica Raine.
“Never-quite-retired detective and erstwhile beekeeper Julien Baptiste is a character very dear to our hearts. After seeing him brought to life by the incomparable Tcheky Karyo in The Missing, we always knew we weren’t quite ready to let him go if the right story presented itself. We’re glad it finally did, and hope people enjoy seeing Baptiste take centre stage in his show as much as we have.”
Julien Baptiste is staying in Amsterdam where his daughter has recently had a child. Forever under their feet and restless, he is invited to meet up with old flame Martha Horchner, the chief of police in Amsterdam. But this isn’t a lunch to catch up on old times – she wants his help to find a missing girl, Natalie, the niece of Englishman Edward Stratton. She believes the case is connected to a Romanian sex trafficking gang. It’s vital that they find her.
Julien meets up with Edward and they begin their search, but it’s not long before Julien realises that all is not as it seems. Why does nobody want to talk about the missing girl? Who is the man following Celia, Julien’s wife? What is the connection between the case and the transsexual brothel, whose owner has sent someone to follow them? Who is the mysterious woman, Kim Vogel, who helps the sex industry girls and tells them that Natalie has run away to Germany?
As Julien starts to uncover some of the truths behind the lies, he realises there is more to this case that meets the eye. By the time Baptiste becomes aware of the danger that he has been drawn into, Julien’s own family are in mortal danger and Julien is caught in a trap.
Baptiste is a nail-biting ride full of twists and turns, where nothing and nobody are as they first seem. Amsterdam is both the backdrop and a veneer, and Julien Baptiste must search its narrow alleyways and its basements and canals, to uncover the dark side of the city.
Did you watch this fantastic drama? As a Jessica Raine fan I was hugely eager to see her in a new role and this one absolutely suited her – what a superb character for a great actress to get her teeth into. Here’s an interview with Jessica Raine which has been provided for re-publication by the BBC Media Centre.
Tell us about Genevieve’s character – what is her background story? Genevieve is an officer at Europol, heading up a team trying to get enough evidence together to nail a gang called the Brigada Serbilu, which concerns itself with human trafficking. She’s quite blunt and tactless and rubs people up the wrong way when she’s first introduced in the series, but she’s incredibly focused and determined to get the guy she needs to get. It’s a scary focus, as she doesn’t care how she treats everyone else.
What is Genevieve’s relationship with Julien? When Genevieve meets Julien you feel like she’s really marking her territory. She’s a little bit patronising and you feel like she’s definitely overriding him with the decision-making. She wants him out of the way even though she respects what he’s done in the past. Genevieve doesn’t have much time for Baptiste at the beginning, however, as the series progresses I think she really becomes much more respectful of him and his methods and they become quite close by the end, which is a great journey to play.
What is Genevieve’s relationship with Edward? With Edward, Genevieve is constantly trying to persuade him to do what she wants and doesn’t really think about what the consequences are for him. To her, he is someone who’s in way over his head – but she also sees him as an opportunity. It’s an opening for her that she hasn’t had before with this case, so she has to get him onside. But she is also quite irritated by him, so it is quite a fractious relationship – which has been really fun to play with Tom.
What’s it been like filming in Amsterdam and Belgium? I’ve loved it. I’ve had a week in Amsterdam but didn’t get to see much of it because we were working all the time. Antwerp I’ve become really familiar with and I love it, the people, the shops and the art as well as the food! I just absolutely adore it to be honest. I want to come back. I can understand why people come out here and live here. It’s just amazing.
What’s it like working with Tom and Tchéky? Great. They’re so different. Tchéky is so unbelievably French, and I mean that in a really lovely way. He’s very philosophical about things. He’s great to act with. He’s always very present. Tom is loads of fun to work with. He’s done his research, he knows what he’s doing and then just sort of let’s rip on a scene, which has been really positive.
CheeseFest celebrating 30 Years of Wallace & Gromit is coming to Worcester.
Saturday 13th April 2019 Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW
We are very excited to announce that CheeseFest UK is back for 2019, celebrating 30 cracking years of Wallace & Gromit.
Join us on our grand UK tour with over 15 live dates, celebrating all that’s great in the world of cheese. Expect the most incredible melted delights and delicious cheese-based cuisine presented for your culinary pleasure by the finest fromagers from across the land.
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders.
CheeseFest promises to be a grand day out for all the family with a jam packed programme of feasting and entertainment hosted by the world’s most famous cheese ambassadors Wallace & Gromit. Kids can enjoy model making, life-size vehicles, film screenings of popular Wallace & Gromit movies, and a meet & greet with Wallace and Gromit themselves. Young and old, all are welcome, so don’t be sheepish – get involved! If you would like more information about CheeseFest please contact Info@cheesefestuk.com or visit our website www.cheesefestuk.com
Hard to believe it’s been 30 cracking years since that loveable double act, Wallace & Gromit first graced our screens and quickly gathered a cracking following of fans of all ages. They’re one of my favourite animated duos of all time, in fact my little family and I met Gromit at Blackpool Pleasure Beach last year! Are you a fan of Wallace and Gromit too? If so, read on!
Carrot Productions team up with Aardman Animations for
Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels UK tour in Spring 2019
The 38 date tour will feature live
orchestral accompaniment from a professional orchestra drawn from members of
the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras among others.
In May and June 2019, Carrot Productions will tour Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels to 38 major venues across the UK, including London’s Barbican Centre, Manchester’s The Lowry, and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Speaking about this new venture for her organisation, Carrot
Productions’ Managing Director, Rachel Whibley, said: “We are so delighted that Aardman have
granted us exclusive rights to launch this tour in the UK. With six years’
experience behind us of presenting The Snowman to thousands of satisfied
audience members across the country, we are well placed to deliver this
wonderful Wallace & Gromit programme. It will be a pleasure to present such
a high-quality show in partnership with the inspirational team at Aardman,
providing huge fun for audiences of all ages”.
Wallace & Gromit’s Musical
Marvels features Wallace preparing to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his
faithful companion Gromit. This interactive experience features specially
created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from
the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp. The show
also exclusively features a screening of the all-time classic animation, The Wrong Trousers, again with live
Sean Clarke, Head of Rights and Brand Development, Aardman added: “It is wonderful to see Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels going on
tour in 2019, the 30th anniversary year of Wallace & Gromit!
Carrot Productions have produced a fantastic show, featuring live orchestral
music for one of Aardman’s best loved shorts, The Wrong Trousers, and we look
forward to audiences across the UK having the opportunity to enjoy this unique
Carrot Productions are an innovative organisation: over the years they have commissioned several new works – both music and animation – to perform alongside The Snowman. They are relishing the opportunity to cover further new ground with this ambitious Wallace & Gromit tour.
Aardman, the world famous, four times Academy Award® winning animation studio, are creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts and Chicken Run among others. Nick Park’s Oscar-winning The Wrong Trousers was Aardman’s first 30-minute film and is one of the most successful animated films ever made.
Presenter Matthew Sharp is an internationally renowned musician, actor, director and performer. He is recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, with his adventures in music and across disciplines described as ‘unrivalled’ and ‘unprecedented’. Booking for the tour is now open via the Carrot Productions website https://www.carrotproductions.com/
Many of my lovely readers and supporters live in London and the surrounding areas. I also know that a lot of you head off down to the big smoke to frequent the West End for a trip to the theatre, for a family day out or to see a gig. If you’ve followed my blogging journey this year you’ll know that I’m delighted to be collaborating with the wonderful Bobbi Brown UK and that my friends and I were treated to a magnificent make-over before we headed to the National Television Awards at London’s O2 in January.
How would you like to experience the Bobbi Brown magic for yourselves?
The good news is that for three days only you can drop in to the Bobbi Brown pop up cafe in Soho, where they are offering a complimentary shade-match and 7 day sample to help find your new skin-true shade, as well as a free coffee for all attendees. All the details are below so why not take a trip to see the Bobbi Brown team and treat yourself!
· Bobbi Brown Pro Studio, 1 Poland Street, W1F 8PR
I’ve been reviewing musical theatre productions since 2012. My love of musical theatre dates back to my wee small years when my parents took me to see a number of popular shows at either Birmingham Hippodrome, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham or Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Great memories remain and the buzz I reveled in at the time and on our way home afterwards while I clutched my programme and finished off any sweets we might have had left is a feeling I cherish. Inevitably there comes a point where, as a regular theatre-goer, you’ll have seen the vast majority of productions in a variety of incarnations. I reached a stale-mate with musical theatre recently, where apart from Blood Brothers which remains a steady favourite, I’ve lacked the inspiration and will to get up and go to see musicals.
The inspirational block wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it turned my head in the direction of the Opera and I’ve been lapping up as many opportunities as possible to go to see different Operas. However, there is another musical theatre production that I have a passion for aside from Blood Brothers. I saw this particular musical twice in the West End and had great fun interviewing one of the stars of the show too, Claire Machin, Calendar Girls the Musical from the combined force of Mr Gary Barlow of Take That fame and Tim Firth is the one I’m referring to and the soundtrack from the West End cast has a regular home in our car for sing-alongs, it’s addictive!
One of the many reasons that I return to Blood Brothers time and time again is that Sarah Jane Buckley has been playing the role of Mrs Lyons and understudying Mrs Johnstone. She is incredibly believable as both characters, giving beautifully nuanced performances. She’s also one of a few performers I make a great effort to support, as she has been immensely supportive of my little blogging empire. I had fully intended to see Calendar Girls the Musical on its tour before this year, especially as Fern Britton was cast as Marie, the disapproving W.I. Leader. However, I have now got yet another reason to get out there and see it – there’s a brand new cast (although Rebecca Storm and Ruth Madoc (who was one of my childhood heroes) remain) and Sarah Jane Buckley is playing the role of Annie. It’s a part which I watched Joanna Riding and Jenny Gayner play at the Phoenix Theatre, London and which I had my eye on for Sarah Jane to play, funnily enough, I knew she’d fit it brilliantly.
So, with midlands tour dates on their list and not only Sarah Jane Buckley on the cast list, which is a draw in itself for me obviously, but also Sue Devaney who I loved in ‘Dinnerladies’ and Julia Hills of 2 Point 4 Children fame joining the line up – I need to go and see the show again (and again!). My enthusiasm for the show has been renewed of course, but also my enthusiasm for musical theatre off the back of my palpable excitement. The buzz is back and I’m raring to see more musicals because I’m so enthused about the tour of Calendar Girls. Of course, when you’re a fan-girl, as I am, and your best-loved performer is taking on a new challenge, that in itself is always quite a moment. Sarah Jane will embrace the role of Annie and make it her own, that’s my totally biased view… I can already imagine her singing ‘Scarborough’. I can’t wait!!!
When it comes to any production, be it a musical, a play, a television series or even a film – we all have our favourites in the various roles and there’s no denying that the West End cast of ‘The Girls‘, as it was called then, were outstanding. From Sophie Louise Dann to Claire Machin to Michele Dotrice and indeed Joanna Riding – each and every one of the girls and boys in the cast put their heart and soul into the show. However, I hope that all the theatre fans out there who have a passion for the show as I do will give the new cast a chance. I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
With the announcement finally out there today that there’s a new line-up in the offing to get behind those buns, I’m just so happy that my musical mojo is back! Bring on a year of musical theatre trips in 2019!
If you want to book tickets for the tour, you’ll see the current cast until the gang head to Southend. I’m sorry to have missed out on the chance of seeing Fern Britton, however from Southend onwards I predict a new magic in the air for this amazing piece of musical theatre.
Entertainment Views Awards 2018 public vote closed on 1st November and we’re very excitedly preparing for the cyber ceremony which is due to be broadcast across our social media channels on 15th December 2018. With our guest presenters lined up to announce the winners in the fourteen categories it’s all systems go.
Awards season is upon us, the first round of The National Television Awards 2019 public vote has also closed recently too. Entertainment Views will be in attendance and while we can’t wait to see who’s wearing who, we also look out for make-up choices on the night. Styles vary from year to year – bold colours, neutral shades and always synchronised with the colour they’re wearing on the red carpet of course.
On 18th October Bobbi Brown Cosmetics re-launched their new studios at John Lewis & Partners, Oxford Street and with their assistance, team Entertainment Views will be getting the red carpet look ahead of the National Television Awards ceremony at London’s O2 on 22nd January 2019.
Here’s the press release from the re-launch, why not book yourselves an appointment and see what the new space has to offer:
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics are taking their consumer experience to the next level with a bold re-design. Carefully conceptualised through the consumer’s eyes, this new space ensures a seamless journey of discovery and play, with a primary focus on bringing the best possible service and experience to the heart of Oxford Street. The re-imagined studio space will feature the first ever private Makeup Room within a central London department store, hosted by a colour brand.
The Makeup Room offers the flexibility of personalised appointments and beauty services, converting to a fully private room with a screen to close off the space if required.
In addition to the new design, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will launch three new services, exclusive to John Lewis & Partners, Oxford Street.
To celebrate the launch of this innovative new space, the esteemed Bobbi Brown Pro Artists made guest appearances during the month of October, giving customers the opportunity to book personalised makeup lessons and receive bespoke tip and tricks based on their beauty needs.
We are excited to report from The National Television Awards in January with our glam new looks courtesy of Bobbi Brown make-up!
The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London’s Novello Theatre is now extending its booking period from Monday 4 March to Saturday 14 September 2019. MAMMA MIA! will celebrate its 20th birthday in London on 6 April 2019. The box office for the new booking period is now open.
The London cast of MAMMA MIA! stars Sara Poyzer as Donna, Kate Graham as Tanya, Ricky Butt as Rosie, Richard Trinder as Sam, Neil Moors as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, Georgia Louise as Sophie, Alec Porter as Sky, Charlotte O’Rourke as Ali, Leah St Luce as Lisa, Damian Buhagiar as Pepper and Eamonn Cox as Eddie, with Caroline Deverill playing the role of Donna Sheridan at certain performances.
Also in the cast are Chloe Ames, Chloe-Jo Byrnes, Adam Clayton-Smith, Adam Davidson, Luke Hall, Lauren Hampton, Jack Heasman, Jennifer Hepburn, Stuart Hickey, Zoe Humphryes, Mark Isherwood, Tyler Kennington, Robert Knight, Chanel Mian, James Willoughby Moore, Natasha O’Brien, Dean Read, Beth Relf, Annie Southall and Katy Stredder.
From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. In 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China. MAMMA MIA! is also currently playing an International Tour, receiving great critical and public acclaim.
MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004, and then to the Novello Theatre in 2012.
The London production of MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 8.9 million people, played over 8,000 performances and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.
Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008. A second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.
With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.
MAMMA MIA! is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.
London WC2B 4LD
Ticket Prices: From £15.00
A £2.25 per ticket booking fee applies to tickets booked online, and a £2.75 per ticket booking fee applies to tickets booked by phone. No booking fee on tickets purchased in person at the Novello Theatre Box Office.
All prices include £1.25 restoration levy.
Early Bird Pricing – anyone booking four months or more in advance of the performance they are attending (Monday to Thursday performances only) will save £20 on Band A and Premium tickets, but only through Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, either online, in person at the theatre, or by calling the Novello Theatre Box Office.
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees – Thursday & Saturday 3.00pm*
* extra Tuesday matinees 6 & 20 August 2019
Christmas 2018/19 Performance Schedule
Monday 24 December NO PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 25 December NO PERFORMANCE
Wednesday 26 December 7.45pm
Thursday 27 December 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Friday 28 December 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 29th December 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Monday 31 December 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Tuesday 1 January 7.45pm
Wednesday 2 January 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Thursday 3 January 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Friday 4 January 7.45pm
Saturday 5 January 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Currently booking to 14 September 2019
The performance lasts 2 hours and 35 minutes (including a 15-minute interval)
For cast interviews with Donna and the Dynamos (AKA Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham and Ricky Butt) click the image!
Mamma Mia and cast members; Stephen Beckett, Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham and Ricky Butt have been nominated for awards at this year’s Entertainment Views Awards, to vote please follow this link: Entertainment Views Awards 2018
BRICKLIVE comes to NEC Birmingham from 1st – 4th November…
BRICKLIVEis Built by LEGO® fans and is a celebration of everything in the LEGO® universe! New for 2018 we have Mythical Beasts with over fifty models and interactive experiences, bringing the fascinating world of creatures from mythology to life using LEGO®bricks.
Returning favourites are: Warrior Bots, a Star Wars themed Build Zone, Stage Shows, Dance Parties, Minecraft, Fairy Bricks, Duplo® Build Zone, BRICK Pits, Chill Out Zone, BRICK Lane and so much more! BRICKLIVEis the ultimate day out for all to enjoy.