Years before Harry Potter was even a glint in JK Rowling’s eye, Mildred Hubble had children all over Britain dreaming of going to a school where flying broomsticks, mixing potions and casting spells were firmly on the timetable.
For more than 30 years now I have been heading to Nottingham Playhouse to get an annual dose of pantomime fun — and this year’s sparkling version of Cinderella certainly lives up to the high standards established over those years.
Festive magic, a healthy dash of tradition, a few spicy ingredients and a pinch of modern technical trickery are the ingredients that make up the spellbinding recipe behind Nottingham Theatre Royal’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.
In my eyes there is no better comedy than that which you can wholeheartedly relate to — and this was the wonderful theme that underpinned the appearance of John Bishop for his second night at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham as part of his Winging It tour.
For those who don’t know The Tenderloins are a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers.