ARIA Entertainment's Musical
Revival Parade Now Open to Rave Reviews
Photographs taken by Anthony Robling
THE long awaited revival of the hit
Manchester's new fringe theatre is now open to rave reviews at
Mill Theatre. The producers have also announced that the production is to be
extended for an extra week by popular demand and will now run until, Saturday,
11 June 2016. Parade is a major production, big in ambition with both its
cast and staging. It features a full cast of 15 actors, a 9 strong orchestra,
produced by a full creative team and directed by James Baker. The performance
run is unique in that there will also be Sunday evening performances throughout
Producer Katy Lipson, Aria Entertainments said:- "I am
absolutely delighted with the response to the opening performances of Parade,
the show has received fantastic reviews and standing ovations at each
performance. The word of mouth of the show has spread across the region, so much
so that we have decided to extend the show by another week due to public demand,
I would like to thank Manchester, my own town for supporting this new venture
and we are already planning future productions with the venue."
The cast is led by Tom Lloyd as Leo Frank and Laura Harrison as Lucille Frank.
Tom's acting credits include Sell A Door's Seussical in the West End, and he was
nominated for the Best Male Performance in the Off West End Awards for Stiles
and Drew's production of Just So at the Tabard Theatre London. Laura recently
played Tiger Lily in Peter Pan for UK Productions, and is currently touring the
UK with Blood Brothers.
The cast also features Jennifer Harraghy (Pride And Prejudice,
The Return Of The Soldier); Nathan Summers (Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys And
Dolls); Ben Jackson; Matt Mills (Scrooge, Romeo And Juliet); Shekinah McFarlane
(Lion King, Little Shop Of Horrors); Andrew Gallo (The Theory Of Relativity,
Saturday Night Fever); James Wolstenholme (Star-Spangled Girl, Rainbow Live);
Aidan Banyard; John Mulleady (Skriker, Famous For Fifteen Minutes); Megan
Ormiston; Evie Blackstock; Anna Berentzen (Much Ado About Nothing, Sense And
Sensibility); and Natalie Hollingworth (Fame, West Side Story).
Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of
America's history. The book was penned by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry
(Driving Miss Daisy), and has a rousing, colourful and haunting score by Jason
Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison
In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for
the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.
Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher
and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a
governor with a conscience and, eventually, his Southern wife who finds the
strength and love to become his greatest champion.
Tickets are on sale via:-
FUN, FROLICS AND FEATHERS…
FOLLOWING the success of its
sensational show in February, international burlesque collective, Le Bouge Néon
returns to The Epstein Theatre, in June 2016.
Direct from London, Le Bouge Néon is the crème-de-la-crème of London Burlesque
and is unanimously regarded as the must see burlesque and variety show in the
UK, bringing glamorous burlesque performances, variety, comedy and vocal acts
together for a stylish and seductive night of entertainment.
The biggest names in burlesque and variety invite you to join forces in their
delectable den of iniquity on Saturday, 11 June 2016 where the only rule is to
have an absolute ball.
The show stars burlesque royalty including Miss Fallon Dee (Moulin Rouge, Paris
and Hurly Burly Show, West End), Kitty Bang Bang (Between the Sheets, Speigle
Tent) and Miss Betsy Rose (Boom & Bang, Hippodrome) who will demonstrate their
definitive acts that include more crystals, fire, feathers and tassels than
Paris, Vegas and Berlin combined.
Hosted by Chris Fitchew as 'Uriel Kaleidoheart' (The Imagination
Emporium), the show features special acts from the world of circus and cabaret
(The Box, Cirque du Soleil and La Soirée).
Le Bouge Néon treasures the satire and performance art that has evolved from
burlesque's 19th century origins. Audiences are invited to enjoy an opulent
spectacle of glitz and glamour from a forgotten age in a classy, colourful and
delightfully ludicrous night of entertainment in the most beautiful of venues.
Their latest show promises to deliver another breathtaking extravaganza that
divulges and indulges into the sumptuous world of vintage classic tease whilst
taking you on a journey that discovers the joy in the vibrant colours from
magical theatrical epochs of the ages.
Burlesque performer Miss Fallon Dee revealed:- "The show is even more
fabulous than before! Chris Fitchew aka Uriel Heart has an act that will light
up the lives of the audience members. We also have the very talented and
beautiful Katherine Arnold who will be gracing us with her ariel act and the
outrageously cheeky and talented Miss Frisky who will be singing her way through
the show. That's not forgetting our resident performers myself, Miss Betsy Rose,
Miss Kitty Bang Bang, and Phil in Gud who will be performing new exciting acts.
Expect another night of fun, frolics, feathers and a lot of laughs!"
Direct from Leicester Square London, this new event, from the creators of the
legendary K Klub Kabaret, Too2much Cabaret, Scarlet Fever and The Imagination
Emporium is the new must have ticket in Liverpool so make sure you book yours
Theatre Manager Rebekah Pichilingi added:- "This show went down a storm in
February so we are thrilled to welcome the return of the best of London
burlesque to the Epstein Theatre for a spectacular evening of glitz and
To book tickets call:- 0844 888 4411 or visit:-
Former Hi-Di-Hi star plays tribute to Stan
Laurel in 1 man show
A 1 man show show celebrating the genius of slapstick
comedy kings Laurel and Hardy comes to the Epstein Theatre this month. KPS
Productions and The Finishing Touch Company present… And This is My Friend Mr
Laurel, at the Epstein, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. The show stars Hi-de-Hi and
You Rang M'Lord actor Jeffrey Holland who fulfils a long held desire to pay
tribute to his hero Stan Laurel. Jeffrey tells an intriguing, funny and often
poignant tale of friendship, love and dedication about Laurel, an English comedy
actor from Ulverston who became 1 of Hollywood's great film comedians and
appeared in 107 short films with his partner Hardy. Co-written by Gail Louw and Jeffrey, the show is set in the bedroom of a sick Hardy. As his comedy
partner Laurel visits the dying man, the pair recount their past success as the
comedy double act Laurel and Hardy. This 1 man show is a humorous and touching
look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century, celebrating
friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives, as well as providing an
in depth, humorous and touching account of Laurel's life. Jeffrey's fascination
for Laurel and Hardy began as a small boy at the Saturday morning cinema picture
show but with the passage of time, his interest in this legendary double act
took a back seat temporarily until the early 70s when BBC2 began regular
screenings of the pair, which rekindled the spark for Jeff. A talented
mimic, Laurel soon began to feature regularly among Jeffrey's impressions and
who could forget the classic episode of Hi de Hi when Jeffrey joined forces with
the much loved and missed Paul Shane as Oliver Hardy to complete the team?
During this period, Jeffrey also discovered The Sons of the Desert, the official
Laurel and Hardy appreciation society of which he is now an honorary member.
In 1983 Jeffrey was invited to Ulverston in
Lancashire, the birthplace of Stan Laurel where he opened the Laurel and Hardy
Museum, an event that filled him with great pride, but for some time now his
thoughts have never been far from paying his own tribute to the comedian in the
form of a 1 man show. After 2 years in the planning, the dream is now a
reality with this wonderfully crafted show which is sure to delight. Such has
been the response that Jeffrey is now touring the country with this amazing
piece of theatre. So don't be a chump and miss …And This is My Friend Mr
Laurel, book your tickets now for this show which The Stage described as:-
"spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny."
For more details on the show visit:-
MyFriendMrLaurel.Co.UK and on
Facebook. For more details on The Epstein
Theatre and to book tickets check out their