Hol­ly­wood clas­sics are grac­ing Lit­tle’s boards

Midweek Visiter - - Life at The Little Theatre, Southport -

AU­TUMN has firmly set in and, with win­ter fol­low­ing on fast, there’s a def­i­nite chill in the air this week at the Lit­tle – with mur­der and in­trigue aplenty on stage.

Dial M for Mur­der has been a big hit with our au­di­ences as they en­joy the twists and turns of the clas­sic crime drama made fa­mous by the Al­fred Hitch­cock film with Grace Kelly and Ray Mil­land in the main roles, here reprised by Adri­enne Led­son and How­erd Ker­na­han.

We’ve had a dream start to the 2018/19 sea­son with packed houses for our first plays and the com­edy fes­ti­val shows.

Next week Maghull Mu­si­cal Theatre Com­pany will be dream­ing of the fes­tiv­i­ties to come with their pro­duc­tion of the iconic Irv­ing Berlin mu­si­cal, White Christ­mas.

The mu­si­cal White Christ­mas is a mod­ern show writ­ten in the early 2000s based on the fa­mous 1954 film star­ing Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rose­mary Clooney and Vera Ellen (it­self in­spired by Bing’s 1942 movie Hol­i­day Inn).

It has bagged awards and en­joyed sev­eral ma­jor re­vivals in the last few years, es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a firm favourite among theatre go­ers at this time of year.

The story fol­lows sol­diers Bob Wal­lace and Phil Davis, played by Lee Ashall and Alex McKil­lop.

They served un­der Gen­eral Waver­ley, played by Bob Clev­erly, in World War II but 10 years later are tour­ing as a pop­u­lar song and dance duo.

They meet singing sis­ters Betty and Judy Haynes – Alex Ashall and So­phie Grant re­spec­tively – and, with ro­mance in the air, fol­low them to the Columbia Inn in Ver­mont now owned by their for­mer gen­eral.

They come to­gether to put on an ex­trav­a­ganza to boost the for­tunes of the fail­ing inn – how­ever, mis­un­der­stand­ings arise which could threaten the suc­cess of the show and the like­li­hood of love’s prom­ise.

White Christ­mas is a charm­ing, heart-warm­ing mu­si­cal com­edy and the per­fect way to ease your­self into the fes­tive spirit.

Along­side the beloved yule­tide ti­tle track, so evoca­tive of the most won­der­ful time of the year, it is packed with mu­si­cal gems such as Happy Hol­i­days, Let Your­self Go, Blue Skies and How Deep is the Ocean.

Di­rected by Ian Cul­shaw with Sarah Fletcher as chore­og­ra­pher and Adam Dutch as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, White Christ­mas runs from Novem­ber 7-10.

Tick­ets will be on sale at the Lit­tle Theatre box of­fice from 11am on Oc­to­ber 31 – ring 01704 530521/530460.

Maghull Mu­si­cal Theatre Com­pany presents White Christ­mas at South­port Lit­tle Theatre from Novem­ber 7

Left, Danny Kaye, Jean Sim­mons and Bing Crosby on the set of White Christ­mas

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