Marilyn’s story – by Marilyn

Marilyn’s story – by Marilyn

FOLLOWING a successful West End run, a hit one-woman show about movie icon Marilyn Monroe is heading to Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend.

Marilyn Monroe

Presented by Breakthrough Theatre, this show gives audiences a rare glimpse into Marilyn’s troubled – and not-so-private – life.

It stops off at The Attic Theatre, in Bridgefoot, as part of a nationwide tour across 11 venues, on Friday and Saturday (March 15th and 16th)!

Marilyn’s image and persona is famous worldwide but why was she so iconic? Did people ever really know the real girl behind the mask? Or is that the reason for the ongoing fascination? This playful and poignant play is Marilyn’s story, told by her – alone in her dressing room.

Marilyn, which premiered at the Blue Orange Theatre in July 2017, made its West End transfer to Leicester Square Theatre at the beginning of this year, where it was met with rave reviews.

Founder of Breakthrough Theatre and star of the show, actress Danielle J Gearing said: “We are very proud of what a success this show has become and I am loving getting to put that Blonde wig on and share this fascinating women’s story with audiences around the country! We’ve had such an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences so far and cannot wait to bring it to the beautiful town of Stratford upon Avon!”

Tickets are still tickets available at: and for information about other venues and tour dates visit:

Mamma Mia. . . Hippodrome is set to rock you!

Mamma Mia. . . Hippodrome is set to rock you!

THERE is exciting news for fans of Queen and Abba with the announcement that tickets soon go on sale for two blockbuster mega-musicals We Will Rock You (20 Apr – 2 May 2020) and MAMMA MIA! (12 -31 May 2020) at The Birmingham Hippodrome.

We Will Rock You returns to the Hippodrome next year.

Following triumphant 2009 and 2011 UK theatre tours and a 2013 10th anniversary world arena tour, the smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical, We Will Rock You returns to Birmingham in a reimagined production.

Since 2002 over 15 million theatre-goers in 17 countries have been thrilled by the show’s awe-inspiring production showcasing a number of Queen’s finest hits, including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You.

Producer of We Will Rock You, Phil McIntyre said: “We are really looking forward to bringing this true Rock Theatrical back to the Birmingham Hippodrome.  We had standing ovations night after night last time round, so we can’t wait to see that happen all over again.  May the Rhapsody play on forever!”

Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia.

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will return to Birmingham Hippodrome as part of a UK Tour celebrating 20 years since the record-breaking production premiered in London in April 1999.

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 a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. 

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Birmingham Hippodrome said: “The arrival of these two major musical juggernauts in 2020 continues Birmingham Hippodrome’s reputation for bringing the very best in theatre and live entertainment to Midlands audiences.

We Will Rock You (20th April – 2nd May 2020) and MAMMA MIA! (12th -31st May 2020) will go on sale to Hippodrome Friends and Patrons on 11th March, groups on 26th March and on general sale from 2nd April.  

Tale as old as time in Henley

Tale as old as time in Henley

Photos by Dave Fawbert Photography.

A TALE as old as time arrives at Henley-in-Arden School this week as the curtain goes up on Beauty and the Beast.

A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s desperate father exchanges his youngest daughter’s freedom for his own life.

Beauty and the Beast

In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features and his very humanity, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude. Witness transformations, wild waltzes, soaring birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful.

More than 50 students from the school, which is an academy of Performing Arts, perform three shows from tomorrow (Tuesday, February 5th) until Thursday (February 7th) at 7.30pm in the school hall.


Sarah Blythe, Director of Performing Arts at Henley, said: “Bonjour! It’s cold, it’s February, and there’s a dismal rather than a Disney feeling in the air…BUT, Madame and Monsieur, allow me to introduce myself as Lumiere, the light fantastic, and I invite you to bask in the glow of Beauty and the Beast at Henley in Arden School.

“Step into a magical story that is locked in all our memories since it was first told 100’s of years ago! Why not take a seat and enjoy the dance, the music and the sheer spectacle that is that rare confection of talent, tunes and Tres Bien! Let me invite you to book your ticket to the feast, to be our guest at Beauty and the Beast!”

The show is open to the public and tickets, which are £8, can be purchased by calling 01564 792364 or on the door – subject to availability.

Photographs of the production will soon be available to purchase from Dave Fawbert.