Wednesday 27 November 2019

Fame The Musical Tour at The New Theatre Peterborough *Review*

{Gifted Tickets} Recently revamped and refreshed The New Theatre in Peterborough (formerly Broadway) has welcomed 80's phenomenon musical Fame to the stage. Performing over 6 nights and running until Saturday 30th November this well loved musical has seen seven West End runs and numerous tours and still remains one of the best loved musicals. This 30th anniversary Selladoor Production hosts a stellar cast including the stunning Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing on Ice) as Iris who quite frankly shows she is a brilliant dancer and performer and Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph) who really is rather good. Not forgetting that there is an amazing supporting cast who dance and sing their way enthusiastically and beautifully through a toe tapping, as well as emotional music score. The energy is from the start, high  octane and this is kept up through the whole show. 

For someone who has seen Fame both in the West End and on tour (many, many years ago) I was reminded why I love the show. The story line is one that is comparable to today showing the highs and lows of many young people and their personal battles and demons that are brought together as a unit while trying to reach the top of their game through their love of performing arts. The well known song Fame features of course, with a lively finale but the other lesser known songs are just as wonderful. It's a show that will continue to live forever and will be one to be enjoyed for many years to come. 

For the theatre, this is my first visit to The New Theatre and I was impressed. The foyer is welcoming and the theatre itself feels intimate, but the seats and leg room are very welcome, much more comfortable and spacious than any other theatre I have been too and I have been to many! The bar prices are reasonable and I very much enjoyed my themed Fame cocktail 'The Leg Warmer'. The staff are welcoming, friendly and chatty. We parked nearby at Brooke Street car park which is about a 5 minute walk from the theatre itself. Overall a very enjoyable night and I look forward to seeing what else is going to be on at this theatre which I feel is going to do very well!

* Please note we were kindly gifted tickets for the show, I was not asked to share my opinions but have decided to write up a review based on my thoughts, all views are my own.

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