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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: 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
Posted: Feb. 18, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE KING'S SPEECH, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 26 2015BWW Reviews: THE KING'S SPEECH, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 26 2015
Posted: Feb. 27, 2015


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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: 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: 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: 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.
BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA, Wolverhampton Grand, December 12 2014BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA, Wolverhampton Grand, December 12 2014
December 13, 2014

Cinderella is probably the most popular pantomime of all and QDOS have many productions of this around the country as well as other favourites. Last night I went to see Wolverhampton's version of the classic and it was as lavish and flamboyant as you would expectand that isn't even taking into account Julian Clary's costumes!
BWW Reviews: PARADISE LOST - Studio Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: PARADISE LOST - Studio Cast Recording
December 12, 2014

Sim G Records has released an array of wonderful recordings over the past couple of years, many of which I have had the pleasure of reviewing. Based and inspired by John Milton's poem, Paradise Lost is their latest studio recording release, just in time for Christmas!
BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, December 10 2014BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, December 10 2014
December 11, 2014

Following the exciting press launch a couple of months ago, Jersey Boys had been eagerly anticipated in Birmingham and the New Alexandra Theatre are proud to be hosting the production for the festive season. It was a packed house for the press night last night and they thoroughly deserved their full standing ovation. Some people didn't even wait until the finale but between musical numbers; thus showing the power that the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons still has decades later.
BWW Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 3 2014BWW Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Curve Theatre Leicester, December 3 2014
December 4, 2014

The Sound of Music has seen several UK tours and productions over recent years and the Curve has decided to produce yet another version of the show for its Christmas production this year. Some say it's been done to death and Bill Kenwright has just announced another tour featuring Danielle Hope as Maria but the Curve somehow always manages to find something fresh. Artistic Director Paul Kerryson leaves the Curve on a massive directorial high.
BWW Reviews: THE BFG, Birmingham Rep Theatre, December 2 2014BWW Reviews: THE BFG, Birmingham Rep Theatre, December 2 2014
December 3, 2014

The BFG is one of Roald Dahl's much loved children's books. Recent times have seen Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach plus several other of his successful tales being adapted for stage to massive acclaim. Therefore, how would The BFG fare onstage?
BWW Reviews: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, November 28 2014BWW Reviews: ALADDIN, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, November 28 2014
November 29, 2014

A fun and fabulous evening was had by all at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry last night for their panto press night. This year's Christmas production is Aladdin and is jam packed full of pantomime traditions and enjoyable entertainment for the whole family. I was first introduced to the Belgrade's seasonal show last year when watching Jack and the Beanstalk and even though they are on a smaller scale than that of the Birmingham Hippodrome or Wolverhampton Grand, they are definite rivals in the panto stakes based on enjoyment level.
BWW Reviews: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW, Birmingham Hippodrome, November 13 2014BWW Reviews: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW, Birmingham Hippodrome, November 13 2014
November 14, 2014

Slava's Snowshow is a global phenomenon which, following sell-out performances last year, is currently touring the UK before taking a short London residency until the New Year. The show is created and staged by Russian performance artist and clown Slava Polunin.
BWW Reviews: WORZEL GUMMIDGE - Original London Cast RecordingBWW Reviews: WORZEL GUMMIDGE - Original London Cast Recording
November 6, 2014

Worzel Gummidge was a very successful television series in the late 1970's based on Barbara Euphan Todd's children's novel. Following this, a stage adaptation was created - featuring original TV cast members Jon Pertwee, Una Stubbs and Geoffrey Bayldon - at Birmingham Repertory Theatre over the Christmas period in 1980 and was a resounding hit. It then went on to play at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End the following festive season, extending until February 1982. This cast recording was made at Abbey Road Studios shortly before their London opening and Stage Door Records are responsible for making it possible to listen to on CD today.
BWW Reviews: DANGEROUS CORNER, Birmingham Rep Theatre, November 3 2014BWW Reviews: DANGEROUS CORNER, Birmingham Rep Theatre, November 3 2014
November 4, 2014

J.B. Priestley's most iconic play is notably An Inspector Calls. However, before this, there was Dangerous Corner, which premiered in 1932 and is currently touring the UK. The play centres on a dinner party being thrown by Freda and Robert Caplan. Along with Caplan's business partners and other guests, one remark regarding Robert's recently deceased brother causes anarchy between them. The play ends as it begins but minus the disclosure of this remark and showing how differently the evening could have panned out.
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.


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