Rapunzel Untangled - December 2017

"This brand new pantomime written for ETC by Paul Barron was a new one for me with a somewhat different kind of story from the usual story lines calling for far more acting by the principals than in most pantomimes.
The cast was very strong in all the principal roles. Anton Principal Boy (Eleanor Aldous) gave a most assured acting and singing performance in a sort of Robin Hood style. Beatrice the Nanny (Paul Barron) the Dame role gave a most confident performance and very professional approach his humour was perhaps a little too clever for some children. Rapunzel (Lois Elsdon) was a most charming Principal Girl with just the right kind of style for the role with some good singing and acting. Sven (Lee Gray) was fine in the part as Anton's sidekick he had the audience participation going all the time as did Ed and Shoulders (Alex Bush) and (Sarah Clarkson) they worked tirelessly through the performance.
The most eyecatching performance was Seymour Moriarty (Trevor Jones) the vile villain he had a very strong commanding voice with very good diction and played the entire performance bent down on his knees with two small false legs hanging in front from his waist it was most effective. The other small parts were all played with confidence but the production would have been enhanced with a little more scenery."
Noel G. Rigg, NODA Representative

"Loved every minute, we attended the 1pm showing, my daughter was still singing at bedtime, thanks for giving her special memories xx" Debra Thomas

"Had a great time. Brilliant" Lorraine Hague

"Had a great time at the afternoon showing, amazing panto as always, great performance, full of fun and laughs, massive well done to you all" Katy Baker


Jesus Christ Superstar - June 2017

"This production by Encore Theatre Company was staged in a very modern contemporary style with mainly trussing and scaffolding for the stage sets on a full open stage and predominantly modern working type costumes. The cast was very strong with very powerful performances from Ed Leigh (Jesus) and Dale Vaughan (Judas) they both gave most confident performances. Sarah Clarkson (Mary Magdalene) played the role with fine understanding and some excellent vocal contributions. Lee Gray was a most convincing Peter displaying a fine singing voice. All the other cast members were up to the same high confident standard. The show was well produced but I did find the modern treatment a little hard to appreciate."
Noel G. Rigg, NODA Representative

"Tonight's show was fantastic. The cast, staging, band, tech... the interpretation was spot on for me and I was blown away by the whole production. Congrats to all involved." Lynette Pickering

"So proud to have witnessed such an amazing spectacle. Everyone gave 100% and the Phoenix theatre came alive with your fantastic production of Jesus Christ Superstar ...a must see"Andrea Riley

"Been to see this evening's show and all I can say is what an absolutely fabulous performance - well done and thank you to all the cast & support team" Wendy Harrison

"Many thanks to the Encore Theatre Company for a magnificent performance of Jesus Christ Superstar tonight. You all did a thoroughly professional job, providing first-class entertainment. Instrumentals, singing, choreography, sound, lighting all adding to the drama. I've never seen it in the West End, but find it hard to see how a fully professional company could have improved on that performance. Well done to all concerned." John Harvey

"Still can't get last night's performance out of my head. Been whistling tunes and thinking back to various moments all day today. Such a powerful performance by everybody. Every single one of you involved in the show should be so proud of yourselves. A hugely moving and totally professional production." Trev Jones

"Amazing show, superb cast, moving performances from all the leads. Backed up by slick choreography, great singing and a live band. Loved every minute and left with tears in my eyes. Superb, well done everyone" Teri Aldous

"My favourite show of all time executed to absolute perfection" Terri Jones

"Just witnessed one of the best productions that I've even seen and that's a lot. Encore theatre compay's Jesus Christ superstar was emotional and amazing. Well done to everybody in the show it's was spectacular." Tom Bucktrout

"Came to see the show last night, what can I say, you never fail to deliver in professionalism and talent. Nothing amateur about this show whatsoever. A wonderful team of actors and an outstanding musical production. Your Encore community of love and respect for each other comes across to your audience in a spectacular manner. What a company and what a show. Be very proud of yourselves as you continually exceed expectations with excellence. Well done x" Helen Easterby


Bad Girls The Musical - June 2016

"I thoroughly enjoyed Bad Girls, it is a few years since I have seen this and had forgotten all the great songs in it. I thought the cast was excellent, everyone playing to their strengths in the various roles and I am sure you could feel the venom towards Phil Clarkson as Jim Fenner, he was superb and managed to get every ounce of evilness from the part. One of my favourite songs in this is Freedom Road sung by Crystal and the Prisoners, it was electric and I am sure there will have been hair standing on the whole audience's necks, I know there was on mine and it well deserved the applause it received at the end. There was not a weak link in this show, everyone playing their parts to the full and I doubt that anyone could have got more from them. The set design and lighting was second to none, once again using all the space to create not only the prison wing but also the offices and Helen Stewart's home. It was ingenious using the tables and chairs stowed away under the set to make the scene changes run so smoothly, the crew deserved a round of applause for the slick changes. Many congratulations to all concerned, Andy Lunn, Sarah Crowley and Bev Maher must be very pleased with the end result. Once again many thanks for your kind invitation."
Les Smith, NODA Representative

"Bad Girls the musical is based on the T.V. drama series. The book tells the story of life in a women's prison with all the many conflicting factions between the inmates and the prison officers and indeed amongst each factions themselves. The story is very hard-hitting in content with very strong sexual overtones running through it all the time. The casting was very strong in all roles. Eleanor Aldous (Helen Stewart Wing Governor) was most convincing in her attempts to bring reforms to prison attitudes. Phil Clarkson (The over sexed Principal Officer Jim Fenner) played the role with great conviction as did Sue Sheppard (Sylvia "Bodybag" Hollamby Senior Officer). They both gave great support to each other. The main inmates at the fictional HMP Larkhall were Becci Calvert (Nikki Wade) who hoped for early parole, Bev Maher (Shell Dockley) and Sarah Clarkson (Denny Blood) both very hardfaced belligerant characters and Pam Robinson (Yvonne Atkins) was an outstanding 'Top Dog'. They all gave brilliant portrayals and were superbly produced as did Rebecca Atha (Crystal Gordon) as the new inmate who is very naive and is being bullied by all the other inmates and Jim Fenner leading to her suicidal death. The show was well produced and the scaffolds type stage set gave much credence to the dramatic story line."
Noel Rigg, NODA Representative

"I went with my friend Joan on Friday evening to the Phoenix Theatre to see Bad Girls The Musical, and we had the best evening’s entertainment you could possibly wish for. We want to send many congratulations to all the cast, orchestra, and everyone involved in this production, it was superb. Every single one of the cast on that stage gave their all, and put their heart and soul into their performance. We both had the best belly laugh for a long time, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole show, thank you all so much." Shirley Bell

"What a fantastic performance we experienced tonight!! The whole evening was a total pleasure watching extremely talented people perform a most accurate reenactment of Bad Girls the musical. The singing and dance routines were first class along with the stage scenery and music on the realistic set. Well done to all for providing a brilliant nights entertainment!!" David Hughes

"Wow!!! What an amazing show last night with some incredible performances. Smash it one more time tonight. A very proud Encore member. Encore rocks!!!!!" Trev Jones

"I just want to say a huge congratulations for Bad Girls. I came to see it on Saturday and was thoroughly entertained by some very strong acting and good singing, for what was a powerful storyline and not an easy show to portray in the right manner. It had the right amount of drama and humour. Well done all!" Peter Barker

"Congrats to the cast & crew of Bad Girls. A great nights entertainment made even better by seeing you lot in roles so different to what has been on stage in previous productions. I hope the post show blues don't last as long as Bev's bruises. Encore Rocks! Px Mel Hume The show was amazing. Well done to each and every one of you. I didn't want it to end last night. You were all fab (as always). A very professional and entertaining performance. Loved it xxx"
Adam Fletcher

"What an excellent production and super talented cast. It's great to see that ETC are still leading the way when it comes to putting on a show! Have a fantastic week." Paul Forsberg

Sleeping Beauty - December 2015

"Being a big kid at heart I always love a good pantomime and I think a good one has to have a good panto dame, well there was no problems in the dame they had at Encore in the guise of Paul Barron as the Fairy Godmother, he literally worked his socks, or should that be tights off to get everyone involved in this show. Right from the word go when he appeared in the newsreel video about a young girl who had been asleep for a number of years and was awoken by a handsome prince he had the audience in the palm of his hand and they loved him.

I am always amazed at the great ideas this company have for special effects and the use of video at the start and during the show works extremely well.

Of course the panto cannot rely entirely on the dame, in this one we have to have the Sleeping Beauty of course and a handsome prince to awaken her. Princess Beauty was in the very capable hands of Hannah Goodall who not only looked the part being very pretty, she was also more than able to act and definitely sing the part; her voice was a true beauty and a joy to hear. To bring Beauty out of her slumbers we had Vikki Vaughan as a very topical Prince George, again Vikki was able to bring this part to life and worked very well along side Hannah. I particularly enjoyed Vikki in the three tasks she had especially having to fight the “Giant” who was guarding the castle, this was very funny when the “giant” appeared who said he had not been very well, I am not sure as to whether it was Iwan Jones or Harvey Bottoms and the evening I was there but whichever he was he gained the hearts of the audience from his first entrance onto the stage.

Having to take on the three tasks Prince George was up against Eleanor Aldous as a very wicked Maleficent, she truly was wicked and this came over to the audience alongside her two sidekicks Jaffa and Jocky played by Becci Calvert and Sarah Clarkson respectively, all three worked very well together to get the most out of their characters.

Congratulations to all involved.
" Les Smith, NODA

"Brilliant performance- as usual!!! Congratulations to all. My family travelled from London especially to see it!!!" Kath Smart

"Excellent show well worth all the hard work" Rob Melia

"Been tonight to the pantomime, absolutely fantastic, never laughed so much at one time, well done everyone, really loved Fairy G she was brilliant, well done, see you next year xx" Karen Copithorne

"Another brilliant performance….lots of laughs, oh yes there was. Thank you to all involved" Diane Bond

"Fantastic show tonight guys. Well done to everyone involved. Another splendid job. All the hard work and effort certainly paid off" Will Robey



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