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Let It Be at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

If you head to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week, you’ll find the usually civilised patrons dancing in the aisles and singing along as Let It Be brings their brand of Beatlemania to the stage. The Story Let It Be is essentially a Beatles concert through the ages. Beginning with their infamous 1963 Royal Variety performance, it spans their concert at the Shea Stadium in America, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club and beyond, with a second half that asks you to imagine a reunion that never happened, and what might have been… The Cast The cast more than manage to…

A trip to the C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor

A few months into my pregnancy, I was thrilled to learn I’d won a Mother’s Day competition on Instagram. The prize was truly one that made me squeal out loud – to have a 4d scan at the supremely lovely Early Life Ultrasound in Cheltenham (I’ll be sharing our experience once baby arrives, as I’m keen to keep baby’s face off here until then) and a spa day at one of my favourite Cotswold spots, Cowley Manor. I was about 18 weeks pregnant at the time, and made a conscious decision to wait until nearer the end of my pregnancy…

Hairspray at New Theatre, Oxford

Everyone’s favourite award winning musical, Hairspray, shakes and shimmies into the New Theatre Oxford this week. The Story Set in the swinging 60’s, Hairspray sees Tracey Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and even bigger dreams, audition to become a dancer on national TV with the “Nicest Kids in Town”. Tracy’s new-found local fame sets her on a path of discovery challenging inequality, racism and the super mean “Nicest Kids in Town”. Along the way she meets heartthrob Link Larkin and tries to dance her way into his affections too. The Cast The cast are exceptionally strong; Matt Rixon…

My Fair Lady at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

After George Bernard Shaw wrote his very successful play, Pygmalion, he spent decades refusing the rights to turn to it into a musical. But still, the West End and Hollywood dreamt …”wouldn’t it be loverly?” Eventually they got their way: a ‘loverly’ stage production was born and the musical was soon immortalised in an iconic rags to riches film. The Cotswolds Savoyards bring their amateur adaptation of My Fair Lady to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week. The Story When Professor Higgins plucks Eliza from the gutter and teaches her to speak correctly, she is propelled into a world far from…

Kneehigh Presents: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Hot on the heels of numerous sold out shows, Kneehigh Theatre brings their soaring success, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week. The Story The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is, at it’s heart, a love story. Following the real life story of artist Marc Chagall and talented writer Bella Rosenfeld as they begin their life together, this small but perfectly formed two-hander is Director Emma Rice’s swansong for Kneehigh. It’s a deeply emotional, personal exploration of all consuming love at first sight; creativity and sacrifice set against both the conflict of the First World War…

The Winslow Boy at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

VBased on the true life story of Gloucestershire born George Archer-Shee, whose name can be found on the North Woodchester War Memorial, Terence Rattigan’s drama, The Winslow Boy, brings suspense, political drama and a healthy dose of feminisim to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week. The Story Shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, Ronnie Winslow, a 13 year old naval cadet is expelled for stealing a five shilling note. Having crept home, Ronnie is scared to tell his father Arthur but eventually is left with no choice. Believing him to be innocent, Arthur embarks on a two…

Brighton Rock at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

With a dark, menacing take on Graham Greene’s 1930’s novel, York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre bring thriller noir Brighton Rock to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week. The Story In murky 1930’s Brighton, the demise of 17 year old Pinkie’s gang leader thrusts him into role of swaggering gangster kingpin. His quest for revenge is witnessed by youthful waitress, Rose; rather than dispose of her, Pinkie persuades the naive Rose to marry him to prevent the long arm of the law reaching him. Local barmaid turned detective, Ida, is determined to bring justice to the world and seeks to…

Flashdance at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

I was only alive for the last few years of the eighties but, after watching Flashdance’s fabulous neon clad dancers at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham last night, I left with a nostalgic longing for lurid legwarmers. Flashdance tells the story of Alex Owens, welding apprentice by day and club dancer by night. Her dreams of becoming a professional dancer are within reach; if she can pass an audition into the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. Supported by new boyfriend, and boss’s son, Nick Hurley, the musical follows the rise and fall of her journey through love, friendship and self-discovery. The cast Joanne…

Noël Coward’s Private Lives at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

With a fresh take on a 1930’s classic comedy, London Classic Theatre brings Noël Coward’s Private Lives to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week. The Story The play begins in 1930’s Deauville, France on two sea view balconies. A divorced couple are unwittingly thrown back together upon discovering they are honeymooning with their new spouses on adjacent balconies. Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne are the archetypal can’t live with each other, can’t live without each other couple. Jolted into the realisation that their new partners are a simpering, pale imitation of their tempestuous love, they embark on a whirlwind reconciliation…

War Horse at New Theatre, Oxford

After seven award winning years in the West End, The National Theatre’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse has hitched its wagon and galloped off on tour. Having coveted tickets for ages, LewisLoves journeyed to the New Theatre Oxford at breakneck speed last night to check it out. The Story The play begins in rural Devon at the outbreak of the First World War, and follows the story of Albert and his horse, Joey. Poverty and desperation necessitate Joey’s reluctant sale into the Cavalry and he is sadly transported across the English Channel into the midst of battle. His war is not straightforward though and…