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Why You Should See Cinderella in Hull this Christmas

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This was FAB.U.LOUS!

I had a Mummy and daughter date with my 5 year old to see Cinderella at the Hull New Theatre. The atmosphere was great, full of eager kiddies most of them glammed up as their fave princess. My little girl was excited to say the least and we were well and truly entertained from start to finish.

I’ll be honest, I’m not too keen on pantos normally; all of this “he’s behind you!” lark and cringy gags and jokes. But by ‘eck, did I laugh at this one!

Cinderella is the tale of dreams and wonder, and it didn’t cease to amaze. It was everything you want from a pantomime… lots of laughs, audience participation, brilliant dancing (from the Mums at least 😉) real animals and even a really impressive magic trick from illusionist Martyn James.

They included lots of well known songs that we couldn’t help but sing and jig along to, including “Come Alive” from The Greatest Showman and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” which both of us absolutely loved!

The set was great; very detailed and well presented. The choreography, dancing and singing were brilliant, there was lots to see. The laughs were there for the grown ups too, thankfully most of them unbeknown to the kids but there were a few riskay bits that the kids were exposed to. I guess it’s normal for a panto these days.

There was one scary bit in the second half you might want to watch out for, where they showed a video of them walking through the forest. There were a couple of really young ones crying but this video was in 3D, so if your little ones are a bit sensitive to scary things just don’t get the 3D glasses or they can just close their eyes and hug you tight. We were warned about this before they played it and it was short lived so no-biggie.

The step sisters Claudia and Tess (played by David Dale and Tommy Wallace) were fantastic, their outfits fabulously garish. They were fun, energetic and they seemed to play their roles effortlessly.

Bernie Clifton, was one of the biggest names in the show. He played Cinderella’s dad; Baron Hardup, and was the source of most of the gags in the show, which kept both adults and kids laughing all the way through.

But it was Anita Dobson, playing step-mother; Baroness Angelique, who was the real star of the show. She was truly brilliant at her role; a typical meany and encouraged her daughters to be so too. Even though her hubby was alive and kicking, she was most certainly seeking a more flashy life and so she tried to palm her two daughters onto the prince to ensure she got to splash the cash. She tried to make sure that Cinderella didn’t get her chance, but thank goodness for Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, who was played by the wonderful Jocasta Almgill. She, along with Hannah Nicholas as Cinderella, gave outstanding all-round performances.

I can’t recommend going to see this enough.

It’s showing at Hull New Theatre almost every day until 30th December, so you need to book tickets pretty quick.

You can book online at hulltheatres.co.uk, by phone on 01482 300 306 or in person at the New Theatre and City Hall Box Offices.

Top 6 Places in Hull for Christmas Dinner

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Whilst staying in with wine, a full roast, pigs in blankets, cheese boards and lots of presents is the Christmas norm for most of us.

Maybe this year, you fancy wrapping-up warm and heading out for a very special Christmas dinner at one of Hull’s restaurants.

If you want to sit back and relax as the stress of cooking your festive feast is taken away, and Christmas dinner is brought right to your table, What’s On Hub can help you out.

Take a look at our Top 6 Places to go for Christmas dinner this year.

1. DoubleTree by Hilton

For something extra special this Christmas dine in DoubleTree Hilton’s Festive Ballroom.  Leave the dishes at home and enjoy a brilliant 3 course Christmas dinner with your family and loved ones.

From £45 per person.

To Book Call: 01482 947432

2. Village Hotel

Enjoy a delicious Christmas day lunch at the Village Hotel. Serving up a massive 4 course Christmas meal with all the trimming, it’s the perfect place for a feast this Christmas.

From £55 per person.

To Book Online: www.village-hotels.co.uk/christmas/hotel-events/

3. Mercure Grange Park

Head down to the Mercure Grange Park Hotel in Willerby this year. With champagne and capes on arrival, followed by a scrumptious 3 course Christmas Lunch, perfect for the whole family. Santa will be dropping by too!

From £65 per person.

To Book Online: www.mercurehull.co.uk/hull-hotel-offers/festive-celebrations/

4. Lambwath

For a more traditional pub Christmas, head to Lambwath on Sutton Road. Put on your Christmas jumpers and enjoy a Christmas carvery with your loved ones this year, in Lambwath’s family friendly pub.

From £44.99 per person.

To Book Online: https://www.stonehouserestaurants.co.uk/nationalsearch/yorkshire-and-the-humber/thelambwathhull 

5. West Bulls

Relax with loved ones, as West Bulls serves up a giant Christmas feast. With a choice of 5 starters, 3 mains or their famous carvery and 5 desserts, there will be something everyone can enjoy on their Christmas menu.

From £44.99 per person.

To Book Online: www.stonehouserestaurants.co.uk/nationalsearch/yorkshire-and-the-humber/thewestbullshull/christmas

6. Kingston Theatre Hotel

Celebrate Christmas in style at Kingston Theatre Hotel in the heart of Hull’s old town. Their Christmas day menu includes: Prime 28 Day Aged sirloin of Beef, Braised English Hill Lamb, Fillet of Salmon with Cornish Crayfish, as well as offering the traditional Roast Turkey.

£66.95 per person.

To Book Online: www.kingstontheatrehotel.com/celebrations

Walk Through History At The Touring Lego Exhibition

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Are you a Lego-Fanatic? Do you reminisce about playing for hours with the famous children’s toy? Do you still have your favourite Lego model?

Then is the event for you!

Travel through history, at this touring Lego Exhibition coming in Hull.

Hull is to host an exhibition of major historical milestones made entirely from Lego.

Brick History tells the story of pivotal moments in world history through models created using the famous Danish toy.

The free exhibition from artist Warren Elsmore will go on display at the Hull History Centre for two months, opening on January 12.

Bringing to life key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings, you will be able to ‘walk through history’, well Lego History at this impressive exhibition.

Visitors will also be able to see tiny recreations of Concorde and Titanic, examinations of art from cave paintings to 1960s pop art and Lego versions of the Viking invasions and the struggles of slaves and suffragettes.

Brick History has been brought to the centre by Hull City Council with support from the University of Hull, and it is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors during its two-month run.

University archivist Simon Wilson said: “This will be the first time Brick History has been exhibited in the Humber region. Securing the funding will allow us to offer the exhibition six days a week from Monday through to Saturday for the entire two months”

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, said “The History Centre has run its Lego and craft History Makers monthly events for a few years. Brick History builds on this and will be a great way of bringing history to life for children of all ages.”

The exhibition will open at the Hull History Centre on January 12 and will run to March 9.

Best of all it is FREE to attend!

 

Check out Hull’s brand-new Odeon Luxe cinema

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After an extensive refurbishment, Odeon on the Kingston retail park in Hull has reopened to the public. Our film reviewer, Adam, went along to the exclusive launch event on Thursday 6th December to see just how good our new Luxe cinema is.

The first thing that strikes you when you walk through the doors of the new Odeon Luxe is the feeling of space and luxury. Every surface feels and looks expensive, right down to the art-deco wood on the front of the service desks and the new ‘Oscar’s Bar’, selling a range of spirits, wines and bubbly.

A new menu has been added which includes chicken subs with dips, criss-cross fries and a brand-new Coca-Cola station where you can add flavoured syrups to your favourite fizzy drinks. There’s also a Costa coffee machine for those looking to stay awake as long as possible during their mammoth movie marathon.

Then there’s the screens themselves. Brand-new with the latest Dolby Atmos sound systems, Odeon now has the very best sound quality out of all the cinemas in Hull. The incredible 360 surround sound is some of the best I’ve heard, making you feel like you’re part of the excitement on screen.

Each screen has been completely refigured and the dated seats have been replaced with stunning leather recliners. For just over £7.50 a ticket, you can sit in supreme comfort in the best cinema seats you will ever sit in, bar none. A nice touch is the addition of airplane-style tables to store all your odds and ends while you’re enjoying the big screen experience.

The new iSense screens provide exceptional picture quality on a curved screen that really draws you in to the magic of the movies. While not providing the same immersive depth as Imax, they’re as close as you can get without travelling further afield.

General manager, David Hughes, told me that every surface is brand-new and the only things left from the old Odeon are the building shell itself, and you can tell. It’s something that needs to be seen to be believed.

As usual, the wonderful staff make visiting Odeon a highlight, but now they can work in a cinema that matches their fabulous customer service.

Make sure you take a visit to your new Odeon Luxe in Hull, especially with some great films still waiting to come out before the end of the year.

After all, there’s Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee all to look forward to.

Visit the Odeon website to book online.

Humber Street Sesh 2019 Early Bird Tickets Go On Sale

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Hull’s biggest and best music festival is coming back.

Humber Street Sesh will be taking over Hull’s Fruit Market and Marina once again in August 2019, and now you can get your Early Bird ticket for next year’s Sesh.

Half-price tickets will be available for a limited period in selected independent outlets around the city and region and online for the multi-award-winning Humber Street Sesh festival.

Early Bird tickets are £10 and go on sale from Saturday 8th December until Thursday 31st January 2019.

Only 5000 will be available at this reduced Early Bird price, so they are expected to go fast!

You can buy your Early Bird Ticket online at hullboxoffice.com and at independent outlets across the city.

Wristbands are available from Saturday in the following outlets – Chinese Laundry (Savile St.), Beasley’s (Hepworth’s Arcade), Type Slowly (The Warren, Queens Dock Chambers), Wrecking Ball Music and Books (Princes Quay), Gough & Davy ( Paragon St),  Thieving Harry’s (Humber St), Form (Humber St), Minerva Pub (Nelson St), Queens Pub (Queens Rd), Dias (The Weir), Minster Records (Eastgate, Beverley), Bug Vinyl (Ladygate, Beverley).

The legendary Humber Street Sesh is attended by over 30,000 people and provides a platform for emerging musicians and artists from the region and beyond.

Following on from the resounding success of the two- day event this year, the festival will take place on the East and West Marina on Friday evening August 2 and all-day Saturday August 3, 2019.

Friday evening will operate 7-11pm, Island Wharf, (West Marina) and will feature past Sesh headliners with surprise special guests.It will remain a 14+ event. Highlights from this year’s Friday night included – A performance by Turn and Face the Strange, The Paddingtons in the Big Top and Hull Pride Take Over of the Silent Disco.

Saturday will operate 11am-11pm, across the whole site, East and West Marina, and will feature a host of emerging creative brilliance both musically and artistically from the region and beyond. Highlights from this year’s Saturday included Main Stage Headliners- King No One, hip-hop workshops, markets, an extensive art offer by regional artists supported by the Arts Council of England.

Mark Page, Festival Director said “We are back and raring to go, with lots of exciting plans for Sesh 2019. The festival will take a similar shape to this year’s: a large-scale event over two days on an expanded site. We are very grateful to the Spencer Group for once again granting permission to use the West Marina, which proved hugely successful this year, enabling an improved offer and fully-fledged festival experience. “

Dave Mays, Festival Director, added “Behind the scenes, we are working hard, curating what will be the most incredible line up that HSS has ever seen and developing the incredible potential of the exciting new space we have been blessed with”

Elise Witty, HSS Communications Officer said “The 2019 Early bird offer is a 50% discount on the full price wristband which makes the festival accessible to everyone. As always, Saturday is family friendly with free entry to children 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult. We also hope the independent outlets will benefit from some extra footfall from our sale.”

Friday night and Saturday early bird tickets are £10 each. A run of 5000 early bird tickets will be available for a limited period from Saturday December 8th, 2018 until Thursday January 31, 2019 online at hullboxoffice.com and at independent outlets across the city.

A booking fee of up to £1 per ticket may apply in outlets.

Tickets may be exchanged for wristbands on the day. (Pre-festival wristband exchange dates and times will be in July 2019, TBC on humberstreetsesh.co.uk)

From February 1, 2019 advanced wristband and tickets will go on sale online and be available from selected outlets around the city. Advanced ticket will be £15 for each day, and wristbands purchased at the gates on the day will cost £20.

Don’t miss your chance to get reduced Early Bird Tickets for next year’s legendary Humber Street Sesh, it will be an amazing weekend of music!

Olly Murs Announces Hull Tour Date

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Pop superstar OLLY MURS is to bring his massive UK arena tour to Hull next year.

Olly will bring his tour to the Bonus Arena on Tuesday, 21 May and tickets go on sale tomorrow (FRIDAY) at 9am.

After finishing second in the X-Factor in 2009, Olly Murs has shot to fame with a string of hit singles, huge selling albums and as a TV personality.

Olly – who has been nominated for six BRIT Awards and two Ivor Novello awards – is known for the hits ‘Heart Skips A Beat’, ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and new single ‘Moves’ which features guest vocals from Snoop Dogg.

The tour will also be visiting the likes of Manchester Arena, The O2 Arena in London and first direct arena in Leeds and is a huge coup for Hull’s newest entertainment venue.

Olly’s show at the Bonus Arena is the latest huge name to be announced for the venue. Since opening at the end of August, the 3,500-capacity arena has announced names such as Castfish and the Bottlemen, Michael Ball, indie legends James, George Ezra and Boyzone.

The show at the Bonus Arena will have both standing and seated tickets. You must be aged 14 or over to stand at this show. There is no lower age limit to sit. However, anyone under the age of 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for Olly Murs at the Bonus Arena go on sale at 9am tomorrow (FRIDAY) from ticketmaster.co.uk

Why You Should Go See Oliver Twist At Hull Truck This Christmas

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After watching Hull Truck’s new Christmas production of Oliver Twist, you won’t want more gruel. You will want to see the show again. It’s a fantastic production and I was lucky enough to be in the audience for the show last night. I might add an almost full house too.

Based on the Dickens novel of Oliver Twist, it has been cleverly adapted by Deborah McAndrew with Mark Babych as Director. Hull Truck is a lovely, intimate theatre space and although it has grown from the old Spring Street site, has lost none of this intimacy.

Walking in the audience are confronted by an open stage, with overhead gantries over the stage and auditorium and bare wooden steps, to represent the lack of comfort in the workhouse where Oliver is born, to the slum where he meets Fagin. The cast amble onto the set a couple of minutes before the show starts which adds to the atmosphere.

Now, I thought I was not going to get any singing (as in the wonderful film of Oliver) however, I was so pleased when the cast opened with a tuneful rendition of traditional carols, setting the winter scene in an English town. I loved the melodies and the casts’ voices were well blended.

Mr Bumble, the workhouse boss, was suitably played by Ian Jervis.  He portrayed a semi comic character, who was suitably scary. Jervis also played Mr Grimming later in the production, with a Scottish accent and his character was hilarious.

Returning to the workhouse, Oliver was joined on stage by other local young actors who looked as if they were loving being part of such a production. They were happy, sad, starving and cheeky where necessary and were an asset to the production. Poor Oliver draws the short straw and goes to Mr Bumble to ask for more food. It’s that classic scene we all remember, and Mr Bumble’s reaction had the younger audience trembling.

I’ll skip to Oliver meeting Dodger and Fagin. They were brilliantly played by females. (Flo Wilson playing a great Fagin). Dodger was artful and friendly, and Fagin was kindish and also scary. It worked, it really did.  After a couple of minutes, you forgot they were usually played by male actors.

 

Nancy, kindly Nancy was played by Lauryn Redding.  She was charming, cheeky and brave. She interacted with Oliver so well and was convincing when she got Oliver away and then was murdered by Bill Sikes. Well, Bill was played by Samuel Edward – Cook. Was he scary. He scared me, I would not want to cross him. He menacingly strutted around the stage as though he owned it, and I noticed when he was threatening Nancy (just before he killed her – offstage) that a young audience member had her feet up on the seat and a terrified look on her face. (It was not a distraction, I just noticed her beyond the characters due to the layout of the seating. I thought it enhanced the production, it felt real and is part of the joy of Hull Truck Theatre and its setting.) He has to be the best Sikes I have seen since Oliver Reed.

Mr Brownlow, Oliver’s kind great uncle, was played sympathetically by Patrick Bridgman. He was empathetic, and so believable.

During the production, we were treated to plenty of songs, they were catchy tunes which I am still humming as I write this the next day. I wanted to join in the carols in the final scene (Hull Truck has this effect on you) and as the story ended, the audience rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a brilliant cast.

The show starts at 7pm and ended just after 9pm. I don’t know how they fit so much into such a short time, but they did.

They kept the audience’s attention glued to them the whole time. This is a fast-moving production with Christmas spirit aplenty. Songs and dance, drama, everything you want for the season. Even snow!

It’s a production I could happily see again and can honestly say it’s 5 Star. Go and see it.

It runs until 5th January and ticket prices are from £10 to £26.

Even in the cheap seats you will feel part of this production due to the use of the afore mentioned gantries which were not solely over the stage.

I loved it.  I want more!

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