Theatre

Dan Richards

Whether it's musicals or plays, Dan spends quite a lot of his life at the theatre and speaking to the stars that are visiting the region. You can hear his interviews on air, or check the reviews below to see what's happening at our partner theatres;

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME  |  NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE  |  WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND

          

What's On Across The Black Country:

  • NEWS: Musical phenomenon Les Misérables returns to Birmingham!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, April 20th, 2018 11:49am

    Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed broadway production of “Les Misérables” will visit Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 2nd April to Saturday 11th May 2019, with Killian Donnelly set to reprise his role as Jean Valjean.

  • REVIEW: This House at Birmingham Rep

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 10:36pm

    It often feels that Midlands theatre goers don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to plays to watch. If you have access to the West End, you have a plethora of theatres to choose from, so when a play originally from the West End comes to Birmingham you must drop everything and go. ‘This House’ is just that sort of play.

  • REVIEW: Blood Brothers at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, April 16th, 2018 11:40pm

    Blood Brothers first took to the stage in London in 1983 - an astonishing run of over 10,000 West End performances before it closed in 2012, making it the third longest running West End musical ever. One which shows no signs of slowing!

  • NEWS: Wolverhampton awaits the arrival of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, April 14th, 2018 8:49am

    West Bromwich Operatic Society are set to return to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre later this month with Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

  • REVIEW: Turn Of The Screw at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 12:09am

    Turn Of The Screw is a play based around Henry James' 1898 novella of the same name. This production is described as a 'deliciously atmospheric update' as well as being “intelligent, insightful and infused with other worldly menace”.

  • NEWS: Check who won big at last nights Olivier Awards

    Posted by Dan Richards at Sunday, April 8th, 2018 12:40am

    Hip hop musical Hamilton has swept the board at the Olivier Awards, picking up seven gongs from its 13 nominations.

  • REVIEW: Wicked at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, April 6th, 2018 12:30am

    Wicked is a Broadway and West End smash-hit musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It's based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel, an alternative telling of the novel and film; The Wizard of Oz.

  • REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 11:55pm

    Comedy is something that divides audiences; some get certain genres, other's just...don't. When I saw One Man, Two Guvnors; a farce that made me cry with laughter, I absolutely adored the production and didn't think for a second that any show would come remotely close to it.

  • REVIEW: Evita at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 11:14am

    On the eve of his 70th birthday, the chance to see one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s major success stories is a no-brainer. ​​​​​​​Evita is a masterclass of how to ‘do’ Musical Theatre and to see the show is always a privilege!

  • REVIEW: This Is Elvis at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Roy Felstead at Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 12:16am

    This is Elvis is a new musical which recreates the drama leading up to, and including, Elvis's live 1968 TV special - as well as the event itself.

  • NEWS: Open Theatre Company and Birmingham Hippodrome present 'The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel'

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, March 19th, 2018 11:22pm

    Birmingham Hippodrome has announced details of its first in-house co-production; A Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel.

  • REVIEW: Cirque Beserk at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 10:55pm

    Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of 'Circus' by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular, created especially for the theatre.

  • REVIEW: Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 11:35pm

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.

  • REVIEW: West Side Story at Stourbridge Town Hall

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Friday, March 9th, 2018 8:03am

    Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the story is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid 1950s; an ethnic, blue-collar neighbourhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

  • NEWS: Elf The Musical will bring some Christmas sparkle to Birmingham

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, March 5th, 2018 5:46pm

    Elf the Musical will tour the UK, playing three major arenas in December - and will bring some festive sparkle to Birmingham between December 20th-24th.

  • NEWS: The Bodyguard announces new UK tour

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 2:00pm

    A brand new UK tour of smash hit musical The Bodyguard has been announced with dates at Wolverhampton Grand between 25th June and 6th July 2019.

  • REVIEW: Hairspray at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, February 26th, 2018 11:45pm

    Some musicals stand the test of time, and multiple UK tours with apparent ease, such is the kalibur of their offering. Hairspray is fast joining that stable, showing no signs of faltering.

  • NEWS: Broadway production of Les Miserables set to tour the UK

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, February 26th, 2018 1:35pm

    Musical theatre fans are going crazy after news that the Broadway production of Les Misérables is to tour the UK this year.

  • NEWS: Who won what at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2018?

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, February 26th, 2018 12:31am

    The winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards have been announced.

  • NEWS: Wicked flies into Birmingham...and is 90% sold out!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, February 24th, 2018 1:30pm

    Wicked, Stephen Schwartz’ spectacular West End and Broadway sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, will begin performances at Birmingham Hippodrome in just 6 weeks.

  • PREVIEW: Matilda The Musical prepares to take over Birmingham

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 12:19am

    Yesterday saw the launch of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical which will arrive in the West Midlands in July. The smash-hit production visits Birmingham Hippodrome between 3rd July and 8th September as part of its UK and Ireland Tour.

  • REVIEW: #JeSuis at Birmingham Hippodrome (Patrick Centre)

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 15th, 2018 11:51pm

    Commissioned by 'The Movement', a partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler's Wells #JeSuis is a striking and, at times, uncomfortable dance performance exploring oppression through political, social and media influence.

  • REVIEW: Shrek The Musical at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 15th, 2018 10:59pm

    Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning film, Shrek The Musical follows, somewhat unsurprisingly, Shrek and his trusty sidekick, Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon.

  • REVIEW: The Last Five Years at The Old Joint Stock

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Thursday, February 15th, 2018 9:20am

    It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better way to celebrate...than to watch a musical about a relationship going wrong!

  • REVIEW: Mamma Mia at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 8th, 2018 12:50am

    Whenever I think of Mamma Mia, it always falls into the category of 'new musical', so it's mind blowing to think it's been around for almost two decades and is still making audience faces ache from over-smiling!

  • REVIEW: Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 8:32am

    We all know how it'll go - badly treated girl finds fairy godmother, is transformed into a princess and goes to the ball. It's a simple story and presumably this will just be a re-telling through dance, right? Wrong.

  • REVIEW: Strangers On A Train at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 12:27am

    'Strangers On A Train' was originally conceived as a psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith in 1950. The story concerns two men, Guy and Charlie, whose lives become entangled after they meet on a train journey. Charlie proposes they 'trade' murders and then goes ahead and fulfils his end of the imaginary bargain, somewhat forcing Guy to do the same. 

  • REVIEW: Hedda Gabler at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 12:33am

    'Hedda Gabler' is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Recognised as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama, the title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.

  • REVIEW: The Sound Of Music at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 12:52am

    I'm slightly ashamed to say that not only have I not seen the stage version of 'The Sound Of Music'...but I've never seen the film either! 

  • NEWS: Wolverhampton Grand set to shine again with a second in-house production

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 11:09pm

    Following on from a successful run of the in-house produced 'Brassed Off' in 2017, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has announced that it will stage a new production of Amanda Whittington’s 'Ladies' Day' from Friday 13th to Saturday 28th July 2018.