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Jenny Antill

Jenny is a freelance stage manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.

Professional work includes: War Horse (UK tour), The Lion King (UK tour), Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre).

Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers' team.
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BWW Reviews: OF MICE AND MEN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, October 14 2014BWW Reviews: OF MICE AND MEN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, October 14 2014
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Curve Theatre Leicester, October 24 2014BWW Reviews: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Curve Theatre Leicester, October 24 2014
Posted: Oct. 25, 2014


BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS & MINISKIRTS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, October 13 2014BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS & MINISKIRTS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, October 13 2014
Posted: Oct. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: THREE MINUTE HEROES, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 20 2014BWW Reviews: THREE MINUTE HEROES, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 20 2014
Posted: Oct. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: THIS IS MY FAMILY, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 28 2014BWW Reviews: THIS IS MY FAMILY, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 28 2014
Posted: Oct. 29, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: WATER BABIES, Curve Theatre Leicester, May 6 2014BWW Reviews: WATER BABIES, Curve Theatre Leicester, May 6 2014
Posted: May. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews: CHICAGO, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 4 2013BWW Reviews: CHICAGO, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 4 2013
Posted: Dec. 5, 2013


BWW Reviews: BARNUM, Curve Theatre Leicester, September 10 2014BWW Reviews: BARNUM, Curve Theatre Leicester, September 10 2014
Posted: Sep. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: JOHNNY PARTRIDGE - Dames, Dudes & Cowboys Too AlbumBWW Reviews: JOHNNY PARTRIDGE - Dames, Dudes & Cowboys Too Album
Posted: Sep. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE PERFECT MURDER, Belgrade Theatre, February 24 2014BWW Reviews: THE PERFECT MURDER, Belgrade Theatre, February 24 2014
Posted: Feb. 25, 2014


BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014
Posted: Mar. 12, 2014


BWW Reviews: USHERS - THE FRONT OF HOUSE MUSICAL Original Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: USHERS - THE FRONT OF HOUSE MUSICAL Original Cast Recording
Posted: Mar. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: THIS IS MY FAMILY, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 28 2014BWW Reviews: THIS IS MY FAMILY, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 28 2014
October 29, 2014

This Is My Family broke all sales records at the Sheffield Crucible last year and due to this success has been sent on the road to visit several venues across the country. Tim Firth, writer of Calendar Girls, has turned his hand to this musical comedy and having his name attached to the production is a definite draw for audiences. The show tells the story of thirteen year old Nicky who enters a competition to win a holiday and all she needs to do is describe her family. The irony is that the perfect unit she describes is not entirely true. Although they are not exactly dysfunctional, there are plenty of family traits/issues which audience members can relate to.
BWW Reviews: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Curve Theatre Leicester, October 24 2014BWW Reviews: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Curve Theatre Leicester, October 24 2014
October 25, 2014

I remember studying Abigail's Party in school and watching the 1977 television Play For Today version, based on the original Hampstead Theatre production. The dialogue is colloquial and there is nothing complex about the content. It is a situational drama crammed full of every day occurrences, stressing on the naturalness of conversation e.g. awkward pauses, of which there is a lot of them! The characters and strength of the acting ensure the success of the writing and those involved in the Curve's latest production do just that.
BWW Reviews: THREE MINUTE HEROES, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 20 2014BWW Reviews: THREE MINUTE HEROES, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, October 20 2014
October 21, 2014

If you are a fan of ska music, there is much to like about the Belgrade Theatre's production of Three Minute Heroes. Dubbed as the 2 Tone Musical, the production follows fictional characters trying to make it in the music industry. With the band consisting of a diverse group of young people, 2 Tone was the appropriate record company that they were trying to win over. There was also an ongoing racist battle during 1979-1981 when the show is set. Coventry decided to put on a benefit in 1981 to pay tribute to a Sikh man who was killed in the city as part of the racist protests and that really was when the ska music family came together to make a difference.
BWW Reviews: OF MICE AND MEN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, October 14 2014BWW Reviews: OF MICE AND MEN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, October 14 2014
October 15, 2014

John Steinbeck published the epic Of Mice and Men in 1937. It was an instant success and in the same year, the novel was picked up by George S Kaufman who immediately bought the stage rights. Steinbeck and Kaufman worked together to create the stage play and it was soon on Broadway where it played for a very respectable 207 performances. It also won the New York Drama Critics Circle award for 'Best Play' in 1938. Shortly after this, Of Mice and Men opened at London's Gate Theatre and the rest is history.
BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS & MINISKIRTS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, October 13 2014BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS & MINISKIRTS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, October 13 2014
October 14, 2014

Dreamboats and Petticoats has done the UK tour rounds on several occasions as well as having a very successful West End run. There has also been a massive franchise of CDs that have been released which have acted as another good marketing tool. Because of all this, Bill Kenwright along with his creative team have put a sequel on the road entitled Dreamboats and Miniskirts.
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING, Wolverhampton Grand, September 24 2014BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING, Wolverhampton Grand, September 24 2014
September 25, 2014

Dirty Dancing is iconic. An immeasurable amount of people have seen the 1987 film and adapting it for a stage show was a very clever move by the producers. The last time I saw this production was at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2012 so I was interested to see it again in a different venue. This is its second UK and Ireland tour and last night's sell out performance at the Wolverhampton Grand shows that the allure is still there.
BEHIND THE SCENES: JERSEY BOYS Hit Birmingham!BEHIND THE SCENES: JERSEY BOYS Hit Birmingham!
September 23, 2014

The New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group, certainly know how to organise a press launch! The UK touring cast of Jersey Boys gave the multitude of journalists, group bookers and specially invited guests a musical feast at the wonderful Jam House venue in the idyllic St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter. The funky launch location was buzzing and impeccably organised by the theatre's Press Officer and her team. So well thought-out in fact, that they even had a portable box office set up in order to catch excited punters on their way out!
BWW Reviews: PROPAGANDA SWING, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, September 16 2014BWW Reviews: PROPAGANDA SWING, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, September 16 2014
September 17, 2014

Propaganda Swing is a co-production between the Belgrade Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and is written by Peter Arnott. The writing is based upon a true story at the commencement of World War II in Berlin. Billy Constant, an American CBS journalist, narrates the proceedings and is heavily revolved around his love for German jazz singer, Lala Anderson. Lala is part of a jazz band whom are forced to conform to music approved by Hitler against their will.
BWW Reviews: BARNUM, Curve Theatre Leicester, September 10 2014BWW Reviews: BARNUM, Curve Theatre Leicester, September 10 2014
September 11, 2014

Cameron Macintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Barnum debuted at the Curve Theatre, Leicester last night before embarking on a National Tour. The show was seen by nearly 70,000 people during its run in Chichester last year and was critically acclaimed by many throughout its time there. Way prior to this, the production opened on Broadway back in 1980 where it picked up three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award. Following this, Barnum opened in the West End in 1981 starring Michael Crawford; a role which he won an Olivier for.
BWW Reviews: JOHNNY PARTRIDGE - Dames, Dudes & Cowboys Too AlbumBWW Reviews: JOHNNY PARTRIDGE - Dames, Dudes & Cowboys Too Album
September 5, 2014

John Partridge first came to my attention in the wonderful Drowsy Chaperone back in 2007 although he had had a great two decades previous to this working in musical theatre. Since then his career has rocketed and he is now most commonly and fondly known as Christian Clarke from Eastenders. John has most recently been seen in the BBC's gymnastics reality show Tumble until he sadly bowed out last weekend. His next venture is the release of his debut album 'Dames, Dudes and Cowboys too' under the name of Johnny Partridge and I have had the pleasure of previewing it for BWW:UK.
BWW Reviews: GROUNDED, Birmingham Rep, September 4 2014BWW Reviews: GROUNDED, Birmingham Rep, September 4 2014
September 5, 2014

Grounded had its UK premiere at the Gate Theatre Notting Hill last year to critical acclaim, following achieving the 2012 Smith Prize from the National New Play Network in America and a 2013 Fringe First award. George Brant's play is a fast paced monologue delivered by a female F16 fighter pilot who is juggling her military life and her family life.
BWW Reviews: BLACK COFFEE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 7 2014BWW Reviews: BLACK COFFEE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 7 2014
July 8, 2014

Black Coffee is the first play that Agatha Christie wrote for the stage back in 1929, when the show is set. Sir Claud Amory summons the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and his trusted friend Captain Hastings to his London house to investigate who has stolen a formula from his safe. Upon arriving, Sir Claud is found dead in his library so the enquiry turns to into a murder investigation as well.
BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014
July 4, 2014

This production of Entertaining Mr Sloane is the latest submission from London Classic Theatre. Joe Orton wrote the play in 1963 and the show had its first performance the following year at the New Arts Theatre in London, followed by an opening in New York in 1965. His writing has both comedic and psychological elements to it and the written text is constructed very well. Mr Sloane is renting a room in Kath's home on the edge of a rubbish dump. She lives with her visually impaired father who instantly takes a dislike to the lodger, thinking he murdered his employer years before. Kath seduces Mr Sloane and her brother soon also latches onto her lover and both embark on an interesting relationship with the title character.
BWW Reviews: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 2 2014BWW Reviews: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 2 2014
July 3, 2014

Annie Get Your Gun premiered on Broadway nearly 70 years ago and many productions have graced stages across the world ever since then, plus a major MGM film in 1950 starring Betty Hutton. There has been a wide array of leading ladies who have played Annie Oakley including Ethel Merman, Dolores Gray, Suzi Quatro, Bernadette Peters, Jane Horrocks to name but a few and the show has been a huge international hit.
BWW Reviews: 20TH CENTURY BOY, Wolverhampton Grand, June 30 2014BWW Reviews: 20TH CENTURY BOY, Wolverhampton Grand, June 30 2014
July 1, 2014

I was fortunate enough to see 20th Century Boy on its debut outing at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry back in September 2012 and it was probably the best show I had seen that year. The production is the perfect balance between a jukebox musical and a biography detailing Marc Bolan's rise to fame until the tragic car accident that killed him in 1977. Peter Rowe's writing is superb and brings in the added element of Marc's son Rolan trying to find out about his father who died when he was only two.
BWW Reviews: WOMAN IN MIND, Birmingham Rep, June 17 2014BWW Reviews: WOMAN IN MIND, Birmingham Rep, June 17 2014
June 18, 2014

Woman In Mind is thought of as one of Alan Ayckbourn's best works. It is the English playwright's 32nd play and his earliest using a first-person narrative. The plot centres around Susan who, having hit herself in the head with a garden rake, is found at the start of the play concussed on her garden lawn. Following this she is surrounded by her idyllic family whom we soon realise are merely a figment of her imagination and her real family situation is far from picturesque! For most of the show's duration it is apparent what is fantasy and what is reality but towards the end of Act Two, the two scenarios begin to overlap and eventually collide in what can only be described as an epic meltdown.
BWW Reviews: HAPPY DAYS, Wolverhampton Grand, June 10 2014BWW Reviews: HAPPY DAYS, Wolverhampton Grand, June 10 2014
June 11, 2014

Happy Days - the Musical is set in a colourful 1959 on a backdrop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Based on the popular US sitcom which ran for ten years from 1974-1984, the TV show still harbours a mass number of fans on a worldwide scale. Garry Marshall, the creator of Happy Days, decided to write a book for stage some twenty years after the sitcom ended and since has played to vast audiences across the States and Canada. Amy Anzel, who played one of the Pinkettes in an early US production, wanted to bring the production to British audiences and with the help of Channel 4's The Sound of Musicals got the exposure she needed.
BWW Reviews: CATCH 22, Birmingham Rep, May 20 2014BWW Reviews: CATCH 22, Birmingham Rep, May 20 2014
May 21, 2014

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller has been dubbed one of the greatest literary works of the 20th Century. The book was published in 1961 followed by a feature film in 1970 directed by Mike Nichols. The story is set in World War II and focuses on a group of US Army Air Force men - one in particular called Captain John Yossarian. The men do what they can in order to survive so they can go home to their families but their rank superiors keep throwing obstacles in their paths to try and keep them longer.
BWW Reviews: BUDDY, Wolverhampton Grand, May 19 2014BWW Reviews: BUDDY, Wolverhampton Grand, May 19 2014
May 20, 2014

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story - has been seen by over 22 million people worldwide and has since been dubbed 'the world's most successful rock'n'roll musical'. Within his short two year career, he wrote some supremely iconic music and influenced successive artists who wished to follow in Buddy's footsteps.
BWW Reviews: CIRCLES, Birmingham Rep, May 15 2014BWW Reviews: CIRCLES, Birmingham Rep, May 15 2014
May 16, 2014

Circles is the new play written by Rachel De-lahay; her third piece of writing following massive success with The Westbridge and Routes. Circles has two interweaving stories within it; two teenagers striking up an unlikely friendship on the number 11 bus and a mother watching over her daughter's attempts to leave a violent relationship. The story is set with a Birmingham backdrop so many locals in the audience can have an added relation to the plot.


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