Christmas in the High Peak!

I’m absolutely thrilled to have been appointed Musical Director and Arranger for SLEEPING BEAUTY at Buxton Opera House this Christmas.

I had a great time as MD for their community production of SWEENEY TODD earlier this year, and to perform again in this beautiful Frank Matcham designed theatre will be amazing.

The show will be directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Tracey Iliffe, and runs from Saturday 10th Dec 2022 until Sunday 1st January 2023.

Attend the tale…..

I’m delighted to say that I will be Musical Director for the forthcoming production of SWEENEY TODD at the Buxton Opera House.

It’s some years since my last brush with the Demon Barber (At the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), and it will be a challenge and an honour to revisit the masterful work of Stephen Sondheim – this time with Paul Kerryson directing.

Rehearsals are already underway – and the show will play for 5 performances from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May.

Full details and tickets are available here: https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/sweeney-todd

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 8. The Wizard of Oz (Theatre by the Lake)

Time for no.8 in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, with THE WIZARD OF OZ at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – Christmas 2001.

This was my very first show at Theatre by the Lake, and you can read all about it here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-8-the-wizard-of-oz-theatre-by-the-lake/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts. 

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 7. Oliver!

Here we go with no.7 in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – with Oliver! at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Christmas 2006.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-7-oliver/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts. 

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 6. Tom’s Midnight Garden

Next up in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST is TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – Christmas 2010.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-6-toms-midnight-garden/

Photo: Keith Pattison

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts. 

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 5. Robin Hood

Time for part 5 of my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. This time, it’s the turn of ROBIN HOOD at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – Christmas 1996.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-5-robin-hood/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts.

I set out with this blog to help remind myself and others that whilst the current situation is dire, there have been many moments of Christmas joy in the past, and will be again in the future – particularly now that vaccines appear to be on the way. It’s important to try and keep on top of our mental health, and this is certainly helping me do that – and hopefully others too. I’m thrilled by the number of comments coming in, and look forward to seeing others as they come in.

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/