Sunday, 29 December 2013

Events In Pictures: Beauty And The Beast Pantomime at Newport Riverfont

Heres a funny little picture I found of myself and Seren getting into character at Newport Riverfront's Beauty and The Beast earlier this month.

Beauty and The Beast continues at The Riverfront until January 5. For full information on ticket prices call box office on (01633) 656757

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Show Reviews and Interviews: Silly Kings

Picture courtesy of
Farrows Creative / National Theatre Wales
Last weekend I took the children to see National Theatre Wales presentation of Terry Jones' Silly Kings...

"Ideally situated in the atmospheric grounds of Cardiff Castle, Silly Kings is a medieval comedy with more than a few hints of modernism and Monty Pythonesque humour. 
Performed in the round, the production immediately pulls the audience into a world featuring  a feisty but very pretty princess, four crazy knights, an angry fairy, a dragon (of sorts), a dashing prince and a very Silly King.


Picture courtesy of
Farrows Creative / National Theatre Wales
The production features all the hallmarks of great entertainment told through drama, music and energetically choreographed comic antics, with more than a hint and a healthy nod to the Monty Python team..."


National Theatre Wales presents Silly Kings at Cardiff Castle until January 4 2014 Contact the Box Office: nationaltheatrewales.org / WMC 029 2063 6464 for further details.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Show Reviews and Interviews - Singin In The Rain, Wales Millennium Centre

The MGM film classic Singin' In The Rain has always been a favourite and the current stage musical is also a big hit, here's my review from earlier this month and an interview with steps star Faye Tozer who plays Lina Lamont in the show...

Singin' In The Rain, Wales Millennium Centre

"It’s the Hollywood Boulevard Singin’ In The Rain sequence, complete with real rain and the Technicolour recreation of Broadway Ballet that really give this show its wow factor, and plenty of laughs for the whole family..."

Read my review for Singin' In The Rain


Faye Tozer on Singin' In The Rain: “I’ve been blown away by the audience reaction while the audience have been blown away by the quality of the show.They’ve really gone all out to make it a visual spectacular and I’m just very proud to be part of it"

Read my interview with Faye Tozer

Singin' in the Rain runs until 5 January 2014. Tickets range from £19 to £47.50. Concessions available. Tickets are now on sale. To book, or for further information please visit wmc.org.uk or call 02920 63 6464.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Show Reviews and Interviews: Beauty and The Beast, Newport Riverfront

Elin Llwyd
This years panto at Newport Riverfront is Beauty and The Beast, I caught up with the cast in late November for four interviews and reviewed the show with my family earlier this month...

Beauty and The Beast, Newport Riverfront

"Last years Riverfront panto Robin Hood was always going to be a tough act to follow,  but the cast and crew have struck gold yet again..."

Read my review for Beauty and The Beast

Lee Mengo on  Beauty and The Beast: "“Its complete panto, I think some people might expect the Disney version of Beauty and The Beast but you won’t get that! There are a couple of original songs in there, which is really nice. Lots of different stuff going on, but its still panto."

Read my interview with Lee Mengo

Richard Elis
Richard Elis on Beauty and The Beast"In this one I'm lucky enough to be doing an old music-hall routine that Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth did. It’s really gentle and important to show the younger audience that you don’t need lights, smoke and lasers all the time. Its just two blokes, two planks and a ladder and that lasts for 7 minutes, it holds the attention.”

Read my interview with Richard Elis

Rob Vernon on Beauty and The Beast: "Challenging for me is the choreography, I’m like Rocky. I’m in training on my own just to be passable. Then they’ll go “he was alright” and I’ll go “I worked at that!””

Read my interview with Rob Vernon

Elin Llwyd on Beauty and The Beast: "“The amount of times I've told people what the panto is this year and they’ve returned with “Oh, are you playing The Beast? I reply with “No I'm actually playing Beauty” I feel awkward then! It’s quite nice really, who wouldn’t want to dress up in pretty dresses and have fun?”


Beauty and The Beast continues at The Riverfront until January 5. For full information on ticket prices visit https://nccsec.newport.gov.uk/tickets/ or call box office on (01633) 656757 


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Nutcracker On Ice Interviews and Reviews

Nutcracker On Ice -
Picture: Andy Howells
Last week I had the opportunity to see behind the scenes of The Imperial Ice Stars production of The Nutcracker On Ice performed at The Wales Millennium Centre.

Over the last eight years, The Imperial Ice Stars have performed to almost four million people across five continents, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues – London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells, Singapore’s new Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre, Montreal’s Place des Arts and Moscow’s Red Square.

This award-winning troupe has built up a worldwide following and established an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated portrayals of classic works, and for executing the most complex and daring manoeuvres on the ice.  Their previous world tours (Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice and Cinderella on Ice) have been greeted with nightly standing ovations and five-star reviews.


For their latest production, The Nutcracker on Ice, acclaimed Artistic Director, Tony Mercer, – the world’s leading creator of contemporary theatre-on-ice - has once again teamed with four-time figure skating World Champion and dual Olympic gold medallist, Evgeny Platov, and dual World Champion, Maxim Staviski, to create choreography that further raises the bar, with ever more breath-taking high-speed leaps and throws, and awe-inspiring acrobatics, coupled with the most graceful and sublime ice dancing.

Nutcracker article fourth most
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November 17, 2013

To Tchaikovsky’s most famous score, the 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters astounded and mesmerised audiences with their adrenaline-rich, dramatic performance, in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage. The team feature TV's  Dancing On Ice's Olga Sharutenko along with special guest performer Keith Chegwin.


Here are my interviews and reviews for the Cardiff run of the show...

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