29 March to 2 April 2016
Reviewed by Cheryl Lovell
The Alhambra Theatre is a beautiful building which is well maintained and looks very appealing to the eye. Inside, the detail on the ceilings are beautiful and the theatre itself was clean and well furnished. The theatre remained at a perfect temperature throughout my visit and the seating was comfortable and spaced well – we didn’t feel enclosed and we could move around easily without disturbing our neighbours! A variety of refreshments were available, all at reasonable prices. During the interval, there was enough comfortable seating and tables for all.
The toilets were clean and modern. There were enough rest rooms throughout the building to prevent long queues during the interval.
The theatre is in the very centre of Bradford so is surrounded by bars and restaurants. We chose to eat dinner at Wetherspoons which is literally just around the corner. I researched the parking options prior to my visit and chose to park in a nearby NCP car park which was approximately 4 minutes walk from the theatre. As an added bonus which I found very appealing, the theatre has links with NCP and therefore upon my arrival at the theatre, they presented me with a discount voucher for the parking upon request. The discount was a huge £4 leaving only £4 to be paid – fantastic!
We were there to see Jackie The Musical. Well, what I can I say… fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! The whole show was highly energetic and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout. The story was based upon the retro magazine ‘Jackie’ and this was incorporated into the storyline perfectly. The writers had been able to successfully create a modern musical with a retro twist and a whole load of comedy! It was generally based upon a middle aged woman who was experiencing a divorce after being married for twenty years. Her ‘younger self’ was trying to advise her about how to move on and find the perfect partner, using the magazine Jackie as the basis for her advice. This was all incorporated seamlessly and had many humorous moments. The acting was absolutely fantastic, particularly from Janet Dibley (older Jackie). However, I must give a special mention to Michael Hamway (David) and Bob Harms (Frankie) for their amazing dancing and hilarity! But saying this, truthfully, all the actors were clearly highly skilled and well-rehearsed.
The choreography was consistently perfectly timed and appropriate to the individual scenes. I was blown away by the variety of methods used and artistic styles adopted. I did not notice one dancer put a step out of place – they were all on point! The dance moves were incorporated well into the storyline and the songs chosen were appropriate to the ‘Jackie era’. The music did create a fun environment and at the end of the show, the cast encouraged the audience to dance – all audience members joined in which was a brilliant end to a fantastic show.
Tickets cost from £24to £34 (booking fees may apply).
Jackie The Musical is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford until 2 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000