Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Two Sondheim CDs on offer. Passion. Marry Me A Little.

Grab these whilst you can. These are bound to sell quickly. My CDs are both in excellent condition and can be found under the used section account booksfromphil 100%. They are cheaper than the ones advertised on the links above.

Phil Lowe

Friday, 22 July 2016

Short video about suggestions on theatre reviewing by Phil Lowe.

This is my latest video on basic suggestions regarding being a theatre reviewer. Enjoy. More to come.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The busy busy life of a theatre reviewer.

It has been another busy old week in the reviewing world of East Midlands with a mixed collection of shows and concerts to see and review. Those have included The Rocky Horror Show (touring) at Nottingham Theatre Royal, Legally Blonde at Curve Leicester, Citizen Khan at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and Shopping and F***ing at Nottingham New Theatre (Nottingham University).

Recent highlights have been Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Kings at Nottingham Playhouse, Oedipus at Lakeside, A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Lace Market Theatre, Wipers at Curve Leicester, Noises Off at Nottingham Playhouse and Jesus Christ Superstar ESNA Players at Loughborough Town Hall.

Before I go to Germany in mid May for a theatre twinning event I am down to review Benefactors at The Lace Market Theatre, Evita - Christchurch Theatre Club at Loughborough Town Hall, A Midsummer Night's Dream RSC and Lovelace Theatre, and The Government Inspector at Nottingham Playhouse. Week beginning Monday 9th May I will be reviewing two dance shows, Flamenco Edition at Lakeside and Nederlands Dans Theater at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall plus Adult Child-Dead Child at Nottingham Playhouse.

Next week Sardines magazine are publishing three pieces of my writing; a piece about the first ever adult amateur production of Cats by Christchurch Theatre Club; a piece about The Lace Market Theatre's journey to Karlsruhe and an interview with two of the major lights at Nottingham New Theatre.

June looks like being just as full of shows and events to see and review for myself and my website at East Midlands

Phil Lowe

PS: Apologies for recent lack of content on this site. As you can perceive I have been very busy with my writing and also holding down a full time job to pay the bills!

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Latest catch up on my reviewing and theatre writing.

I am aware now that I haven't been as hot on keeping a record on here of my theatre activities since December so this listing may be a bit link by link. The link to my @EM_Theatre Twitter account for my website, next to this blog post will hopefully help to keep readers informed too.

Here goes: in order of writing here are a list of my recent website posts for

Derby Theatre's Cinderella production.

East Midlands and #culturematters

Jason Donovan to reprise role in Priscilla Queen of the Dessert.

Derby Theatre highlights of 2015.

Nottingham Playhouse. What's On Live.

Theatre talk for Club Encore news.

Brian Weaver Fellowship Offer to young actor.

War Horse goes on tour. Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Leicester Curve promotion. Jan/Feb 2016

Promotion for Anything Goes at Nottingham Arts Theatre

Oddsocks promotion. Family First.

#culturematters for the older generation.

Great opportunity to learn more about Greek Theatre.

Cats the musical returns in Summer of 2016 to Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.

Review: Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.

Review: Cats at Loughborough Town Hall by Christchurch Theatre Club.

Review: The Snowman. Nottingham Theatre Royal.

The Great Gatsby. Coming to Derby Theatre. 

Writing for Sardines magazine. Professional writing.

Review: Hetty Feather at Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Twisted Dame Theatre Company writing opportunities. 

Piece on old time music hall event.

Review: Anything Goes. Musicality. Nottingham Arts Theatre.

Review: Any Means Necessary. Nottingham Playhouse.

Review: A Girl is a Half Formed Thing. Leicester Curve.

Promotion: Hetty Feather comes to Curve.

Review: Blood Brothers at Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Interview: Look Back in Anger interviews at Derby Theatre.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Round up on a month of reviewing across the East Midlands.

As you might imagine November and December have been rather hectic in terms of theatre and festive show reviewing as well as promoting events through In early January 2016 I have been invited to Nottingham Playhouse to do an hour long talk to the Encore over 50s group about my theatre reviewing and theatre writing experiences. I am looking forward to that.

Here is a rough roundup of the reviews I have written since early November to the present date. I have also written an interview with actress Rebecca Little for Sardines magazine about her continuing presence in the annual Playhouse Pantomime. This will be published in the January edition.

Other relevant theatre promotion material features between the reviews on

An Inspector Calls the National Theatre touring show of Priestley's famous work. Theatre Royal Nottingham.

A View From The Bridge. Nottingham New Theatre production at Nottingham University.

Beryl touring production about Beryl Burton acclaimed yet forgotten cyclist. Nottingham Playhouse.

Pam Ann - acerbic comedienne at Nottingham Playhouse.

Celtic Woman - Gaelic concert at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.

Mack and Mabel. Touring musical starring Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance.

The Diary of Anne Frank. Nottingham New Theatre at Nottingham University.

Dick Whittington. Panto at Nottingham Playhouse.

Oliver. Curve Leicester. Main house show.

The Great Gatsby. Nottingham New Theatre at Nottingham University.

Cinderella. Christmas show at Derby Theatre.

Neverland. Christmas show for children at Lakeside Nottingham.

Plus One. Helping under-privileged children and teens have access to the arts. Derby Theatre.

Hare and Tortoise. Neville Studio. Nottingham Playhouse.

The Witches. Curve Leicester. Studio show.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Update. Things getting very busy at East Midlands Theatre.

As you can see from the side bar and @EM_Theatre  live twitter feed things have been very busy for me chez East Midlands Theatre! My original intention in the last blog post on this blog was simply to copy my reviews on to here. However, I have decided it would make much more sense, rather than duplicate, to feature the reviews through links and to add in some content about my great news items.

With one exception here are the reviews I have written and posted in the last few weeks.

A Streetcar Named Desire Leicester Curve Studio.

All The Little Lights - new play by Jane Upton at Neville Studio Nottingham Playhouse.

Hairspray - Nottingham Operatic Society at Theatre Royal Nottingham.

The Trocks Ballet - Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. Guest reviewer Alan Taygoe.

Pornography - The Nottingham New Theatre. Nottingham University.

The Duchess of Malfi- Nottingham Playhouse.

My East Midlands Theatre news items have covered various theatre based workshops open to the public, an interview with actress Rebecca Little and promotions for various small and big scale shows.

Don't forget to follow me at @EM_Theatre and @PhilLowe7

The theatrical calendar is looking so full in the next couple of months that I have even invested in a wall chart to track my activities!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Brand new regional theatre website for the East Midlands.

I have some great news in that I have recently put together a brand new website using Wordpress dedicated to professional theatre in the East Midlands. Presently that would cover places I can get to on public transport and those include Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

The purpose of the website is for sharing news, reviews and interviews from across the East Midlands all in one place East Midlands Theatre. All of my reviews will be copied to this blog so that my regular readers (and it seems there are quite a lot of you at over 3500 hits a month!) can still get their theatre reviewing fix.

Connected with this website is a new Twitter account @EM_Theatre. Do feel free to follow it and spread the word. Many thanks, Phil Lowe.