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Jenny Antill

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: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015
Posted: May. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015
Posted: May. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews: COUGAR THE MUSICAL, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 19 2015BWW Reviews: COUGAR THE MUSICAL, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 19 2015
Posted: May. 20, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 20 2015BWW Reviews: THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 20 2015
Posted: May. 21, 2015


BWW Reviews: THRILL ME, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, May 22 2015BWW Reviews: THRILL ME, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, May 22 2015
Posted: May. 23, 2015


BWW Reviews: REBECCA, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 27 2015BWW Reviews: REBECCA, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 27 2015
Posted: Apr. 28, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE GHOST TRAIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 12 2015BWW Reviews: THE GHOST TRAIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 12 2015
Posted: May. 13, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

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 SOUND OF MUSIC, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 3 2014BWW Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 3 2014
Posted: Dec. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: BETTY BLUE EYES, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2015BWW Reviews: BETTY BLUE EYES, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2015
Posted: Mar. 21, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - THE MUSICAL, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 17 2015BWW Reviews: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - THE MUSICAL, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 17 2015
Posted: Mar. 18, 2015


BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015
Posted: May. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015
Posted: May. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews: THRILL ME, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, May 22 2015BWW Reviews: THRILL ME, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, May 22 2015
May 23, 2015

Nominated for seven 'Offies' and 'Best Off West End Production' at the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards,Climar Productions' 2011 production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Storymoved to the Charing Cross Theatre for a very successful run before being revived in 2014 for the Edinburgh Fringe where it won the Bobby Award for 'Best Production'. By special arrangement with Samuel French, the show is now in the middle of a UK tour.
BWW Reviews: THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 20 2015BWW Reviews: THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 20 2015
May 21, 2015

Jim Cartwright's playThe Rise and Fall of Little Voiceopened to great acclaim at the National Theatre in 1992 before transferring into the West End.
BWW Reviews: COUGAR THE MUSICAL, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 19 2015BWW Reviews: COUGAR THE MUSICAL, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 19 2015
May 20, 2015

I've just seen a news headline saying that a cougar has been seen loose around town. Turned out it was referring to a town in California and not the stars of Cougar the Musical which has just opened at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry for its UK premiere, following two very successful years playing Off-Broadway.
BWW Reviews: THE GHOST TRAIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 12 2015BWW Reviews: THE GHOST TRAIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, May 12 2015
May 13, 2015

Brighton-based theatre company Talking Scarlet are building up an increasing repertoire of stage productions and there are currently four of their shows on the road. The play I had the pleasure of seeing last night was The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley. A comedy thriller written in 1923; it has been revived countless times over the last ninety years and considering it only took Ridley a week to write, that's rather impressive!
BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015
May 7, 2015

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened to critical acclaim in the West End last April. It's taken a while to cross the pond having opened on Broadway over a decade ago but now UK-wide audiences are at last able to enjoy this production, having opened at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham last night. The entire team of staff need to be commended on creating a wonderful experience before you even stepped in to the theatre. With French-speaking staff to martinis, they went the extra mile which should be recognised.
BWW Reviews: OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 5 2015BWW Reviews: OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, Birmingham Rep Theatre, May 5 2015
May 6, 2015

Over the last year, many productions have been revived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Oh What A Lovely War , originally produced by Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, is another example of this and is playing the final week of its UK tour at Birmingham Rep.
BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: LITTLE WOMEN, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 30 2015
May 2, 2015

Telling the story of the March sisters growing up in Civil War America, Little Women has never really had the recognition it deserves as a musical. It only lasted for four months on Broadway and has had just a few short stints elsewhere. Based on Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical novel, it is a very character driven piece adapted for the stage by Allan Knee with music and lyrics by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein respectively. BOA Musical Theatre have yet again recreated a wonderful production.
BWW Reviews: REBECCA, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 27 2015BWW Reviews: REBECCA, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 27 2015
April 28, 2015

Daphne du Maurier's most famous novel Rebecca - written in 1938 - is spectacularly brought back to life by Kneehigh Theatre Company's current UK tour. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" is the iconic line starting and ending the performance and from the moment it is first uttered, the audience are hooked. Du Maurier is a master storyteller and with all the twists and turns, it is a hugely engaging piece of theatre. It has been ten years since I last saw the play but it still feels as fresh and timeless as ever.
BWW Reviews: THE PRODUCERS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, April 21 2015BWW Reviews: THE PRODUCERS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, April 21 2015
April 21, 2015

The Producers, a Mel Brooks musical, has been a favourite of mine since I saw the Las Vegas production years ago starring David Hasselhoff - who was surprisingly good, I might add! The show had been condensed into an hour and a half straight through which worked well in my opinion. The musical was adapted from the 1968 film of the same name and opened on Broadway in 1991, receiving 12 Tony Awards - a massive achievement by any standard. The 2005 film version was also very enjoyable and starred original Broadway cast members Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
BWW Reviews: LOVE, LIES & LYRICS: THE WORDS OF LESLEY ROSSBWW Reviews: LOVE, LIES & LYRICS: THE WORDS OF LESLEY ROSS
April 21, 2015

Renowned lyricist Lesley Ross is celebrated in SimG Records latest album - Love, Lies & Lyrics. Featuring songs from several shows that Ross has contributed to with different composers, the recording gives us a variety of musical styles to enjoy. It is like putting your iPod on shuffle, not knowing what will come up next! Admittedly I don't tend to do this with the musical theatre recordings I have on my iPod because sometimes stand along numbers do not have the same effect out of context. However I don't really mind in this case as the storytelling within the songs are powerful enough to set the scene for you; credit to Ross' writing.
BWW Reviews: BOUNCERS, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 17 2015BWW Reviews: BOUNCERS, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 17 2015
April 17, 2015

Bouncers remains a timeless piece and one of John Godber's most popular plays. The current tour presented by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield is playing its penultimate venue this week in Birmingham. The show has been extensively performed across the country so one would presume it would be difficult to keep the text fresh. However, a bouncer's recollection of a regular evening at work is as valid now as it was thirty years ago when it was written.
BWW Reviews: PENELOPE RETOLD, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 1 2015BWW Reviews: PENELOPE RETOLD, Birmingham Rep Theatre, April 1 2015
April 5, 2015

Following a successful run at Derby Theatre as a companion piece to The Odyssey, Penelope Retold is now embarking on a national tour. The show intertwines myth and reality in a fast paced modern take on the military wife.
BWW Reviews: BETTY BLUE EYES, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2015BWW Reviews: BETTY BLUE EYES, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2015
March 21, 2015

Birmingham Ormiston Academy (or BOA as it is fondly known) may already be on your radar but if it isn't, you won't escape it for much longer. The performing arts academy for 14-19 year olds is an independent state-run establishment and was modelled on the very successful Brit School in London. In general, BroadwayWorld UK would not cover many non-professional productions but having been granted an exclusive license by Cameron Mackintosh to produce Betty Blue Eyes; an exception has been made. Performed by the Year 13's musical theatre pathway and supported by the Production Arts students in a technical capacity, the show also boasts a professional creative team whom the students can learn a myriad of skills from.
BWW Reviews: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - THE MUSICAL, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 17 2015BWW Reviews: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - THE MUSICAL, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 17 2015
March 18, 2015

Last night saw the world premiere of new musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Curve in Leicester. Being a champion for original writing and aptly being author Sue Townsend's home town, it was only right that this show sees its debut here. Many people hold the books in high regard - myself included - and watching it last night made me reminisce. Set in 1980s Leicester, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole centres around a boy aged 13 and who is essentially battling through adolescent life; from spots to girls to bullies, Adrian is encountering all of them! Townsend's books are written in Adrian's words and in diary format so I was incredibly intrigued about how this could successfully be adapted for stage.
BWW Reviews: BACK DOWN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, March 2 2015BWW Reviews: BACK DOWN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, March 2 2015
March 3, 2015

Back Down is a collaboration between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Roundhouse and is the debut play written by Steven Camden, who may be better known as the spoken word artist - Polarbear. The story centres around three friends who embark on a climb up Mount Snowdon as their final outing before Luke goes off to university. The play is ultimately about their friendship and how such change and growing up can put strains on their relationship. It is a sentimental piece of writing (perhaps overly at times) but is heart-warming and you can really relate to these characters on an emotional level.
BWW Reviews: THE KING'S SPEECH, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 26 2015BWW Reviews: THE KING'S SPEECH, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 26 2015
February 27, 2015

Debuting earlier this month in Chichester, The King's Speech opened to critical acclaim. The show is a co-production with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where I had the privilege of watching last night. When the film was released in 2010 starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, it became the most successful independent British production at the UK box office taking 250m and winning a series of Oscars.
BWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME, Wolverhampton Grand, February 17 2015BWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME, Wolverhampton Grand, February 17 2015
February 18, 2015

Based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time premiered at the National Theatre in 2012. By the following year, it had transferred into the West End and won a massive seven Olivier Awards including Best Play. As well as continuing in London, it is also playing on Broadway and is currently in the middle of a UK tour. Having seen it at the Gielgud Theatre, I was hugely anticipating seeing the touring production which I saw in Wolverhampton last night.
BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Birmingham Rep Theatre, January 27 2015BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Birmingham Rep Theatre, January 27 2015
January 28, 2015

Last April I reviewed The Play That Goes Wrong for BroadwayWorldUK during its UK tour prior to its West End run. I enjoyed it immensely and the reaction to the production is clearly widespread as the production company recouped their investment within the first portion of their stint in London. Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the response to their success and is equally, if not more, hilarious than its predecessor.
BWW Reviews: EAST IS EAST, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, January 14 2015BWW Reviews: EAST IS EAST, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, January 14 2015
January 15, 2015

Many of us fondly remember East is East as the film that was released in 1999 - a superb comedy that also tackles the conflict of interest within a multi-cultural family. However, a lot of people are unaware that it was a play beforehand, debuting in Birmingham in October 1996, also featuring Linda Bassett as Ella, before transferring to the Royal Court Upstairs the following year. The show was writer Ayub Khan Din's first play following a successful career as an actor. We are very lucky to have the man himself starring as George in this short UK tour following a well-received run at the Trafalgar Studios.
BWW Reviews: OH NO IT ISN'T, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, December 15 2014BWW Reviews: OH NO IT ISN'T, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, December 15 2014
December 16, 2014

Having visited the Belgrade a couple of weeks ago to see their annual pantomime (which was rather good I might add), I was also invited to see their 'alternative' panto or "udderly gripping comedy thriller" as it has been branded. The production is aptly named Oh No It Isn't! and is back by popular demand having achieved great audience reaction in 2013 on the B2 stage.


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