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: 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. <br />

  • 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&nbsp;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&nbsp;is a&nbsp;musical comedy&nbsp;adapted from the 1975 film&nbsp;Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the&nbsp;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&rsquo;s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fianc&eacute;e 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 &lsquo;Wicked&rsquo;, 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&rsquo;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.

  • REVIEW: Tango Moderno at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 9:50am

    My knowledge of dance is somewhat poor, even though I almost definitely joined in with the Macarena at an 18th birthday party in early 2009. That's not to belittle the spectacle on stage during the visit of&nbsp;Tango Moderno&nbsp;to Birmingham, just a strict caveat that I'm in no way an expert in the field of dance!

  • NEWS: Birmingham Hippodrome launches a huge new season

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, September 8th, 2017 5:35pm

    Birmingham Hippodrome has released full details of unforgettable shows, festivals and free events taking the&nbsp;venues programming firmly&nbsp;into 2018.

  • NEWS: Freddie Flintoff set to host a Christmas reality show based around musical theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, September 8th, 2017 1:30pm

    ITV has unveiled a new musical theatre-themed TV show, 'All Star Musical'&nbsp;to air at Christmas, headed by&nbsp;Michael Crawford&nbsp;and presented by Freddie Flintoff.

  • NEWS: Joe Pasquale, Sarah Earnshaw and Susie Blake to star in the UK tour of 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 12:03pm

    It was one of the most loved British sitcoms of the 70s - and now Some Mothers Do Ave Em is returning with a stage version of the show touring the UK in 2018.

  • REVIEW: Brassed Off at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, August 26th, 2017 9:51am

    Brassed Off&nbsp;sees Wolverhampton Grand's much anticipated return to&nbsp;theatre production, for the first time in almost four&nbsp;decades. With the way led firmly by CEO and Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson, this project of passion had complete buy in from the theatre, media and public and has proven itself in so many ways. <br /> <br />Produced completely in house, the show was created for the stage by Paul Allen and tells the story of&nbsp;the troubles faced by a&nbsp;colliery&nbsp;brass band, following the closure of their&nbsp;pit.

  • REVIEW: West Side Story at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, August 24th, 2017 5:49pm

    Every time I sit in my seat for a Stage Experience production, I feel a little flutter of excitement. Judging by the archive of performances over the last 15 years, The Alex and Pollyann Tanner always set the bar incredibly high...and have yet to miss it!

  • NEWS: Miss Saigon has firmly landed in Birmingham as the stars meet a genuine Huey helicopter

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, August 24th, 2017 11:51am

    To celebrate Miss Saigon&rsquo;s triumphant return to Birmingham, Sooha Kim and Ashley Gilmour &ndash; who play Kim and Chris on the current UK Tour - came face to face with an original &lsquo;Huey&rsquo; Helicopter, used&nbsp;in Vietnam between 1972 and 1973 as part of the 129 Assault Helicopter Company.&nbsp;

  • NEWS: Wolverhampton Grand prepares to open their first in-house show for almost four decades

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 12:00pm

    The venues production of&nbsp;Brassed&nbsp;Off&nbsp;opens tonight and&nbsp;marks The Grand's return to theatre production for the first time since The&nbsp;Derek Salberg Repertory Company&nbsp;closed forty years ago.

  • Dracula - The Bloody Truth at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 12:00pm

    It's evident that this show is very different in structure to the large scale musical behemoth that's in residence down the hall - but is absolutely none the less endearing. 'Dracula - The Bloody Truth' takes physical theatre back to its roots and brings physical comedy to the forefront of the experience.

  • Miss Saigon at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 1:27am

    There was an air of excitement in Birmingham this evening which was palpable. You could feel the anticipation as people arrived at Birmingham Hippodrome for the official opening of the UK tour of Miss Saigon. Indeed, the show has already spent time at Leicester and a week of it's run in Birmingham is over, but this is the night that the nations eyes are on the show - and the anticipation and build up has set the bar so incredibly high.

  • PREVIEW: The LEGENDARY Miss Saigon lands in Birmingham

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, July 28th, 2017 12:16am

    The heat is on in Birmingham this week as Cameron Mackintosh&rsquo;s acclaimed production of Boublil and Sch&ouml;nberg&rsquo;s legendary musical, Miss Saigon, lands in the city to begin its epic 9-week run at Birmingham Hippodrome!&nbsp;

  • Funny Girl at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, July 24th, 2017 11:46pm

    I have to admit to entering the auditorium this evening with some trepidation. Back in May, I saw Sheridan Smith take to the stage as Fanny Brice in the UK tour of Funny Girl. If ever there was a time I'd turn into a fan boy, it's watching Smith on stage in a role that she clearly felt at home in - and this clearly was a role she felt at home in.

  • In The Heights at Birmingham Rep (Studio)

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, July 15th, 2017 2:15am

    Winner of 3 Tony's and 3 Olivier's, In The Heights began&nbsp;as a word-of-mouth sensation on Broadway back in 2008. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda,&nbsp;the man behind the critically acclaimed&nbsp;Hamilton, the show&nbsp;explores the issues affecting society through modern dialogue, hip hop and street dance.

  • Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre announces a dazzling new season!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, July 14th, 2017 7:00am

    Shrek The Musical, The Sound of Music and Strangers On a Train, are just some of the hit productions coming to Birmingham&rsquo;s New Alexandra Theatre as part of its Autumn Season.

  • NEWS: The heat is on as Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon, lands in Birmingham!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 3:00pm

    Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards, including Best Show, Birmingham Hippodrome is set to play host to Cameron Mackintosh&rsquo;s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Sch&ouml;nberg&rsquo;s legendary musical&nbsp;Miss Saigon.&nbsp;The show&nbsp;lands in Birmingham for 9 weeks, from&nbsp;26th July to&nbsp;23rd September as part of a major new UK Tour.

  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 12:39am

    It's not often I begin a review with a defining statement, but here goes: <br /> <br />The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is the most mind blowing, awe inspiring, mesmerising pieces of theatre I have ever seen.

  • A Judgement In Stone at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, July 3rd, 2017 11:03pm

    A Judgement In Stone&nbsp;is a stage adaptation of the 1977 novel by British writer&nbsp;Ruth Rendell -&nbsp;widely considered to be one of her greatest works. The novel has been acclaimed as a keen social examination of the differences between British classes in the 1970s and the stage version stays true to the story as much as possible.

  • La Cage Aux Folles at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:20pm

    One of the most rewarding parts about this gig is when you sit down to watch a show and, 2 hours later, feel genuinely privileged to have watched the production on stage. When each and every part of the performance confronts you and screams 'brilliance' in your face. The current UK tour of La Cage Aux Folles is absolutely that and so much more besides.

  • My Fair Lady at The New Alexandra Theatre

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:25am

    First brought to life by Dame Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison on the Broadway stage, and winner of a host of Tony and Olivier Awards,&nbsp;My Fair Lady&nbsp;is one of the most loved musicals of the twentieth century. <br /> <br />Taking you back to the golden Edwardian era of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, this is a show&nbsp;with a score seldom matched in today&rsquo;s world of musical theatre, including such classics as&nbsp;I Could Have Danced All Night,&nbsp;Wouldn't It Be Lovely&nbsp;and&nbsp;On the Street Where You Live.

  • NEWS: Smash hit musical, Jersey Boys, is set to return to Wolverhampton in 2018!

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 3:26pm