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: 20TH CENTURY BOY, Wolverhampton Grand, June 30 2014BWW Reviews: 20TH CENTURY BOY, Wolverhampton Grand, June 30 2014
Posted: Jul. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews: BLACK COFFEE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 7 2014BWW Reviews: BLACK COFFEE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, July 7 2014
Posted: Jul. 8, 2014


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
Posted: Jul. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, July 3 2014
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Birmingham Hippodrome Launches 2013/14 Pantomime, SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVESBirmingham Hippodrome Launches 2013/14 Pantomime, SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVES
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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: 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: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014
Posted: Mar. 12, 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: 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.
BWW Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Birmingham Rep, May 14 2014BWW Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Birmingham Rep, May 14 2014
May 15, 2014

Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo has been pushed into the forefront since 2007 since his stage adaptation of War Horse was produced by the National Theatre to worldwide success. It is easy to forget that Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children since 1976; one of which is Private Peaceful, winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, showing at the Birmingham Rep Theatre this week.
BWW Reviews: SEQUENCE 8, Birmingham Rep, May 8 2014BWW Reviews: SEQUENCE 8, Birmingham Rep, May 8 2014
May 10, 2014

Featuring as part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham programme, Les 7 Doigts de la Main are currently playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre with their show, Sequence 8.
BWW Reviews: WATER BABIES, Curve Theatre Leicester, May 6 2014BWW Reviews: WATER BABIES, Curve Theatre Leicester, May 6 2014
May 7, 2014

New musical theatre is often showcased in fringe venues to test the water and see if the show could have success on a larger platform. Water Babies, however, has its first outing on the stage of one of the largest producing houses in the country, the Curve in Leicester. The production values are extremely high and it is evident that there is a lot of belief in this project. Judging by what I witnessed last night, this production absolutely needs and deserves a future.
BWW Reviews: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Wolverhampton Grand, April 29 2014BWW Reviews: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Wolverhampton Grand, April 29 2014
April 30, 2014

A play within a play is already a difficult concept - but a play within a play that goes wrong (in this case catastrophically so!) is ridiculously difficult to get your head around - but only from massive admiration for the actors who have to deliver such material.
BWW Reviews: WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS AlbumBWW Reviews: WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS Album
April 18, 2014

Words Shared With Friends is an album featuring some of the best West End vocalists that we have to offer. The CD consists of a heterogeneous mix of music styles with something to appeal to everyone. Lyricist Robert Gould, whose credits include 'The Land's Shore', 'After The Turn' and 'Grace Notes', works alongside a variety of composers on this album including Christopher J.Orton, Tristan Bons and Ty Kroll.
BWW Reviews: ANDY CAPP Original West End Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: ANDY CAPP Original West End Cast Recording
April 18, 2014

The 1982 musical 'Andy Capp' is the most recent release from Stage Door Records who have digitally remastered the show from original master tapes. The production opened to critical acclaim and was even nominated for Best Musical at the Oliviers in the same year. This recording features the Original London Cast which transferred from Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and starred Tom Courtenay, Val McLane, John Bardon and Alan Price.
BWW Reviews: TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, April 15 2014BWW Reviews: TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, April 15 2014
April 16, 2014

The Birmingham Stage Company is held in fond regard by families across the country for their high standard of productions suitable for all ages. Their latest show, nearing the conclusion of its national tour, is Tom's Midnight Garden which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry last night.
BWW Reviews: BIRDSONG, Birmingham Rep, March 18 2014BWW Reviews: BIRDSONG, Birmingham Rep, March 18 2014
March 19, 2014

A month into their UK tour, Birdsong, produced by the Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions, is playing at the Birmingham Rep this week. This show is one of many on the road this year that marks the centenary of World War I and is based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.
BWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P Original London Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P Original London Cast Recording
March 16, 2014

Following its continued run at the Southwark Playhouse, Simon Greiff and SimG Records is releasing the Original London Cast Recording of The A-Z of Mrs P on Monday 24 March. The show catalogues the emotive story of Phyllis Pearsall, the British writer/painter who founded the Geographers' A-Z Map Company. The production has a stellar creative team including Gwyneth Herbert as Composer, playwright Diane Samuels and Tony/Olivier award nominee Sam Bruntrock directing.
BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Curve Theatre Leicester, March 10 2014
March 12, 2014

Hairspray seems to have been doing the rounds in the UK since it closed in the West End in 2010. It is a very popular show among audiences and although the last national tour is still fresh in our mind, the Curve's Artistic Director Paul Kerryson has decided his venue would do a brand new production. Some may say a good idea and others bad but regardless, the Curve is notorious for its phenomenal production values so personally I am very excited about this new offering.
BWW Reviews: USHERS - THE FRONT OF HOUSE MUSICAL Original Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: USHERS - THE FRONT OF HOUSE MUSICAL Original Cast Recording
March 5, 2014

Due to open on Friday at the Charing Cross Theatre, Ushers: The Front of House Musical is also being released by SimG Records on Monday so a busy week for this new British musical! The show was one of the finalists in last year's 'Search for a Composer' competition by West End Producer and following a try-out run at the Hope Theatre, the production is hoping to recreate its success in town.


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