Review: Miss Nightingale

amber_samIt’s 1942 and the country is in the grip of war. Nurse Maggie Brown dreams of becoming a star of the stage and, with the help of her songwriter friend George, a Jewish refugee, she auditions at every club and bar in town but nobody is interested in their act. That is until, they meet Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe, who is wealthy, charming and well known on the society social scene.

Suddenly Maggie is transformed to become Miss Nightingale, with her songs full of innuendos and her risqué outfits she takes London by storm. But away from the glitz and glamour of the stage there is heartache and secrets that could change their lives forever.

Miss Nightingale, The Burlesque Musical brings the vintage sounds of the 1940s alive with some very talented actor musicians.

Amber Topaz lights up the stage as Maggie/Miss Nightingale putting in a brilliant performance throughout the production. Her antics on stage as Miss Nightingale were pure magic and at times very funny. Whist away from the stage, as Maggie, she showed a real vulnerability in what was a truly believable performance.

nightingaleIIan Goodman (George) has a wonderful voice and coupled with the vocal talents of Tomm Coles (Sir Frank) made for some fantastic musical numbers. Also the pair showed some fantastic on-stage chemistry that leaves you longing for a happy ending.

Miss Nightingale makes for a fantastic night out at the theatre and the production has you gripped from the start. With a great story line and brilliant musical numbers it’s a real winner and one show that you just don’t want to miss!

Miss Nightingale, The Burlesque Musical is at The New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 11th May to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295900,

After Ipswich the show goes on tour around the UK for more information visit

— WENDY COOK, Ipswich24 Magazine —