Theatre and Comedy

Theatre & Comedy

Jest a minute.... this panto’s a Beauty (oh yes it is)

I’ve been tempted to try Sleeping through a couple of the recent Key Theatre pantos, but this year’s is a Beauty.

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Wicked Queen

Snow White Will Rock You at The Cresset

I don’t know if The Cresset has a motto, but “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” would do for me.

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Tenors Unlimited

City youngsters to sing with the “Rat Pack of Opera”

Tenors Unlimited, the internationally acclaimed operatic trio - dubbed the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ - will be performing with Peterborough choir KYGlee (pictured), at Peterborough’s Key theatre tomorrow (Friday) as part of the nationwide tour of their show From Venice To Vegas.

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Private Lives
Photography � Sheila Burnett

Review: Witty comedy is a winner (Private Lives, Peterborough Key Theatre, until Nov 15)

Charging downstage actress Olivia Beardsley as Sybil aimed a slap like a pistol shot at the cheek of Victor played by Kieran Buckeridge. Whereupon he did the only thing possible, seizing her in his arms and kissing her passionately. A kiss which she returned with equal fervour. The lights went down, the house lights came up, and Noel Coward’s Private Lives reached its inevitable conclusion.

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The Castle Builder.
Photo: Jack Offord

Platform8 - bringing you a festival of theatre for Peterborough

Five days of four plays, three workshops, all too good to be true, and one free film and virtual reality installation - that is Season3 of Platform8, Jumped Up Theatre’s theatre festival for Peterborough.

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I Had A Black Dog

I Had A Black Dog - a playful adaptation of Matthew Johnstone’s international bestseller

A darkly comedic and sensitive look at one man’s life with depression, I Had a Black Dog can be seen at the Key Theatre on Friday (3rd).

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A Masked Ball

Review: Have a ball with lesser known Verdi

This production of an English-language version of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera reflected immense credit on everyone involved in it. From the soloists and company on stage to the orchestra in the pit, and from the costume designers to the lighting crew. In this review however I want to focus on two people absolutely essential to this show.

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All Wrapped up In Westwood.
Photos: Thomas Davies

Freemans story delivers laughs and happy memories

A Peterborian career is how the catchy song at the end of All Wrapped Up In Westwood describes the part the Freemans distribution centre played in the lives of so many in the city.

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Freemans distribution centre from the Peterborough Archives.

The story of Freemans workers is brought to life on stage

All Wrapped Up in Westwood - a community play based on the experiences of people who worked at Freemans Distribution Centre in Peterborough - opens in the city on Thursday (26th).

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Fred Broom as Auroras mother Queen Iona Trumpet.

A beauty of a panto in store as some familiar faces return

Christmas is just around the corner (oh yes it is!) and this means a new pantomime hitting the Key Theatre stage (oh yes it does!).

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White Christmas

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Following the recent success and sell outs shows Sister Act and The Wedding Singer, Westwood Musical Society are performing the fabulous feelgood family show White Christmas.

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Strangers and Others.
Photo: Bendict Johnson

A performance without performers

The innovative new immersive piece, Strangers & Others, is a performance without performers from the award-winning maverick choreographer duo H2 DANCE - and it is coming to Peterborough’s Key Theatre on October 26..

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Big Foot 
Photo Camilla Greenwell

Colourful, heartfelt, energetic production for Black History Month

High Rise Theatre returns to Peterborough tomorrow (and Saturday) with Big Foot, a semi-autobiographical production written by Joseph Barnes-Phillips

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Relatively Speaking by Super-Drama at the Key Theatre. EMN-171013-123332009

Review: Ayckbourn’s best is just Super

Relatively Speaking is the first of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedies and many theatregoers consider it his wittiest and best.

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Ground-breaking production of Ancient Greek classic

Actors of Dionysus take Sophocles’ ancient Greek classic Antigone and place it into a dystopian world where fate is written in code and drones flock across the skies.

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Aladdin panto launch at the Broadway Theatre.

There’s a Whole New World of panto excitement coming to the Broadway

Spectacular professional pantomime returns to Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre at Christmas for the first time in a decade - with Aladdin promising spectacular sets, lavish costumes, a live band and a flying - oh yes it is! - carpet.

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Michael Cross and Simon Aylin in Snow White and the Seven Ghouls.

Old favourites give panto a spooky makeover

Panto is getting a makeover in Oundle this year with a spooky Halloween adventure for the whole family.... this month.

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photo by steve ullathorne

Award-winning improv show coming to Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre

The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner, Showstopper The Musical, arrives in Peterborough on October 21 fresh from a 2016 Olivier Award Winning West End debut at the Apollo Theatre.

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Kevin Kennedy, Victoria Jane and Zach Vanderfelt who will appear in Snow White at The Cresset

From Corrie to the Cresset - Snow White is right up Kevin’s street

Some old favourites, a television soap legend and some spectacular special effects will be bringing panto fun to The Cresset in Peterborough over the forthcoming festive season.

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Back Row, L-R: Pooh-Bah (Simon Blenkin), The Mikado (Tony Smith), Pish-Tush (Philip Dawson), Peep-Bo (Cat Johnson)
Front Row, L-R: Pitti-Sing (Mel Ewles), Yum-Yum (Sue Goldspink), Nanki-Poo (Mike Hammond), Ko-Ko (John Torr), Katisha (Julie Bjerregaard)

Players return with The Mikado

Peterborough G&S Players celebrate their 94th year with two semi-staged performances of The Mikado at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday (September 23rd) at The Key Theatre.

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