REVIEW: Giselle

Giselle English National Ballet Liverpool Empire By Peter Grant I still have splendid flashbacks of the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker. ‘Magical and uplifting and timeless’ are words that sum up that special gift especially at Christmas for classical ballet lovers. Those words can also reflect their astonishing take on Giselle – one of the echoing…

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INTERVIEW: Jodie Prenger

INTERVIEW: Jodie Prenger Forget Greece, Shirley Valentine is looking forward to coming to Wirral. Globe columnist Peter Grant caught up with West End star Jodie Prenger ahead of her week-long run at New Brighton Pavilion. Jodie Prenger has a confession to make. She has been learning her lines thanks to help from a pair of cows. She and her…

PREVIEW: Cyrano De Bergerac

PREVIEW: Peter Grant talks to former Corrie actress and playwright Deborah McAndrew about her new adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Liverpool Playhouse in March. Deborah McAndrew played the fiesty Angie Freeman in Coronation Street during the 90s, but she is known for her work with Northern Broadsides. She also runs Claybody Theatre in Stoke…

INTERVIEW: Matthew Bourne

Peter Grant meets Sir Matthew Bourne – the world famous theatre innovator. ”BONKERS! …” that’s a word Sir Matthew Bourne says proudly  describing his forthcoming production at the Liverpool Playhouse. Early Adventures is his own trip down memory lane. It is to celebrate his 30 years as a dancer and choreographer. Now he is returning…

Joanne Cliffton in Thoroughly Modern Millie

REVIEW: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Throughly  Modern Millie Liverpool Empire by Peter Grant   Flappers, ya all, were those dancers that made the Big Apple sparkle in the  roaring 20s. They got their name from the buckled overshoes hat flapped along as they strolled along the boulevards. They were girls who wanted to have fun. Based on the Academy-Award winning…

PREVIEW: War Horse

It’s time to look forward to some theatrical magic  – War Horse is galloping to Liverpool. Words: Peter Grant Pictures and Video: Cathy Roberts. THE multi-award-winning First World War drama is coming later this year for its premiere in the city. But before the tour arrives for two weeks in November,Literally Productions had a special…