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:

  • REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 12:30am

    Jack and the Beanstalk, produced once again by Qdos, is a brilliant example of a 'proper' British panto with all of the qualities that make a production like this great. A superb cast, a strong story, great sets and production values that make the piece miles apart from the cloth backdrop's of decades gone by.

  • NEWS: Spring into 2018 with an all star line-up at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, December 7th, 2017 11:18pm

    Birmingham Hippodrome has released details of several new unforgettable shows, festivals and free events taking place across its stages and surrounding streets, heading into 2018.

  • REVIEW: Flashdance at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 12:18am

    Flashdance - The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a pro. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. 

  • NEWS: Grab an exclusive first look at rehearsal's for Jack And The Beanstalk

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, December 1st, 2017 6:02pm

    Wolverhampton Grand Theatre have brought the festive spirit to the Black Country with a sneak peak inside rehearsals for their Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens on Saturday 9 December.

  • NEWS: Beindorm Live arrives in Birmingham for Christmas 2018

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, November 30th, 2017 11:43pm

    Derren Litten's smash hit ITV comedy, 'Benidorm' is set to bring sunshine and smiles to the UK and Ireland as the first ever stage version of the ITV comedy marks its world premiere at the New Alexandra Theatre with a show produced for the stage by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

  • REVIEW: Grease at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, November 27th, 2017 10:59pm

    Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Set in 1959 at Rydell High School, the story follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.

  • NEWS: Carrie Hope Fletcher makes her solo concert debut

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 2:11pm

    Carrie Hope Fletcher has announced the date for her first solo concert performance, which will happen at Cadogan Hall in 2018.

  • REVIEW: A Christmas Carol at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 5:41pm

    A Christmas Carol is a musical based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella of the same name. It's a story which is as intrinsic to Christmas as hearts are to Valentines Day and one that very few people, if any, in the audience would have no knowledge of.

  • REVIEW: Miracle On 34th Street at the New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, November 16th, 2017 12:27am

    Miracle on 34th Street is a musical adaptation of the film of the same name, initially released in 1947. However for many in the audience, the 1994 remake with Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson is probably the better known version.

  • NEWS: From stage to silver screen, the cast of Sunset Boulevard are ready for their close up!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 12:38am

    This week sees Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award-winning musical, Sunset Boulevard, bring the glamour and sophistication of the silver screen to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage.

  • REVIEW: Sunset Boulevard at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, November 13th, 2017 6:32pm

    Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton's wonderful book and lyrics.

  • REVIEW: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, November 10th, 2017 12:51am

    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox show that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King. It charts her life from her very first hit single - written at the age of 16 - to her first solo concert at Carnegie Hall in 1971. The Broadway production is the recipient of two Tony's and a Grammy award, whilst the London run took home two Olivier awards.

  • REVIEW: Legally Blonde at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, November 9th, 2017 1:53am

    Legally Blonde is a musical based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.

  • REVIEW: Deathtrap at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 1:16am

    Deathtrap is a play written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists and which references itself as a play within a play.

  • NEWS: Tony Award-winning musical 'masterpiece', Sunset Boulevard, visits Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, November 3rd, 2017 12:43am

    Birmingham Hippodrome welcomes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning production of Sunset Boulevard from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th November.

  • NEWS: Kinky Boots WILL tour the UK and WILL make it's second stop in the Black Country!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 11:23am

    'Kinky Boots’, the West End and Broadway phenomenon has confirmed it will embark on a UK tour in 2018 - and will visit the Black Country during October.

  • NEWS: West End smash, Kinky Boots, to head out on UK tour

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, October 27th, 2017 8:15am

    It’s one of the biggest shows to hit Broadway and the West End in recent years and now the six-times Tony and 3-times Olivier Award-winning musical, Kinky Boots, is set to embark on a national tour of the United Kingdom beginning in September 2018.

  • REVIEW: Crazy For You at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 6:05pm

    High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of 'Crazy For You' bills itself as the 'ultimate feel-good musical' - and I reckon you'd be hard pushed to disagree.

  • NEWS: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical heads to Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 3:10pm

    Birmingham Hippodrome is preparing to welcome Bronté Barbé in the role of ‘Carole King’ as the UK and Ireland tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful - The Carole King Musical storms into Birmingham next week.

  • NEWS: Wolverhampton Grand kick start their festive season with GIANT panto launch!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 8:44pm

    The stars of this year’s pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand proved it’s never too early to get into the panto spirit by launching this year’s giant of a show, Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens on Saturday 9th December.

  • NEWS: Crazy For You ready to light up Birmingham next week

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 9:09am

    Strictly Come Dancing and Casualty favourite, Tom Chambers, is preparing to dance the night away as Birmingham Hippodrome welcomes the national tour of Crazy For You to its stage next week.

  • REVIEW: The Addams Family at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:55am

    There's certain shows on the touring circuit that really spark something in the mind of the reviewer. Shows which are so perfect that you can't help but leave the auditorium with a (somewhat ironic, in this case!) smile on your face - and this production of The Addams Family is very much in that category.

  • REVIEW: Spamalot at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:11am

    Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it also differs from the big screen version in many ways.

  • REVIEW: Hairspray at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 1:35am

    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: West End star, Kerry Ellis, to visit Birmingham on her 20th anniversary tour

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, October 5th, 2017 12:45pm

    West End leading lady, Kerry Ellis, has announced a solo UK tour to celebrate 20 years since her professional debut.

  • REVIEW: Spamalot at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, October 5th, 2017 1:48am

    Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it also differs from the big screen version in many ways.

  • REVIEW: The Wedding Singer at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 12:53am

    It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

  • NEWS: Full casting announced for Wicked UK tour

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 9:40am

    Full casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of ‘Wicked’, which arrives at Birmingham Hippodrome in April.

  • NEWS: Birmingham SHALL go to the ball as stars of stage and screen launch the fairy godmother of all pantomimes!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, September 22nd, 2017 2:28pm

    There was magic in the air at Aston Villa Football Club this week as the fairy godmother of all pantomime casts arrived in the city for the official launch of Birmingham Hippodrome’s 2017-18 pantomime; 'Cinderella', the most magical panto of them all!

  • NEWS: Musician and West End star visits Dudley to launch Black Country Panto

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 11:18pm

    Yesterday, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre launched a giant of a pantomime at Dudley Zoological Gardens, with leading man Gareth Gates kicking off proceedings.