Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Guildford)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at G Live, 23rd February

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

To enter this competition, complete the form below by 1st February.











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Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Reading)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at Reading Hexagon, 1st March

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

To enter this competition, complete the form below by 1st February.











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Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Oxford)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at Oxford’s New Theatre, 1st February

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

To enter this competition, complete the form below by 25th January.











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Broadway beauty: Guys & Dolls

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The Mill at Sonning’s Christmas musical this year could almost be described as a Fairytale of New York, writes Peter Anderson.

Guys & Dolls is a Frank Loesser musical based on the characters of Damon Runyan who themselves were based on real New Yorkers.

Meet gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as strait-laced missionaries, who will delight and beguile you.

Joseph Pitcher returns once again to the Mill as director, and he tells me he has quite the background for musicals. “I was drawn to theatre from a very young age and gained experience as a performer in local amateur and youth theatre productions,” he says. “At the age of 18 I moved to London to train as a dancer. After graduating I spent several years appearing West End musicals before retraining on a straight acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which led me to work at the national, the RSC and in several of the UK’s leading regional theatres, including the Mill at Sonning where I now regularly direct.

“Alongside performing I had always directed and choreographed in a ‘let’s do the show right here, right now’ type way.”

I wondered what Joseph’s early memories of seeing plays and musicals were. “I have very clear memories of my mum taking me to an amateur version of Grease when I was about seven or eight. I was mesmerised! But the first West End show I saw was Joseph & the Technicolour Dream Coat at the Palladium. And the first show that had a real impact on me in terms of wanting to become a director one day was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. It was directed by Matthew Warchus, who many years later was my boss at Matilda!”

So, what can we expect from Guys & Dolls, and does performing in more of an amphitheatre make a difference? Joseph says: “We’re hoping to bring a little bit of Broadway to Sonning! An exciting reimagining of a classic musical, vibrant characterisations by West End performers and beautifully orchestrated arrangements of some wonderful songs.” Each performance space presents different challenges, but along with those challenges come opportunities. I wouldn’t say I really have a preference. Working in the semi-round is great in terms of how immersed the audience are in the action but you have to have a constant eye on making sure everyone feels involved.”

Guys & Dolls has it all – glamour, fun, romance, dazzling dance numbers, stunning costumes and some of the greatest show tunes ever including Luck be a Lady and Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat. For your chance to see the show, which runs until February 23rd, please go to www.millatsonning.com

Class Act

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Westerberg High is back in class this summer with new songs, new material and new classmates with Heathers the Musical

Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills, who produced the award-winning Carrie together in 2015, this musical is one of the most anticipated UK premieres this year, and opens at The Other Palace for a limited run until Saturday, 4th August.

Heathers The Musical is based on the 1988 teen film classic starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The award-winning writing team, Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy’s (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), hit musical adaptation has enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and finally arrives in the UK for its European premiere.

Veronica Sawyer is played by Carrie Hope Fletcher who has shown her versatility in stage musicals appearing as Wednesday in The Addams Family, Eponine in Les Miserables and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The mysterious JD is played by Jamie Muscato, who is making a return to the Other Palace after appearing there as Story Edward in Big Fish and he has also appeared as Joe in Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera).

The three Heathers are played by Jodie Steele, T’Shan Williams and Sophie Isaacs. This musical takes us to a place where popularity is life and death, but is it harder to be a nobody or a somebody? To find out and make sure you don’t miss the school bell, head to www.theotherpalace.co.uk