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REVIEW ROUND-UP: Is Rebel Wilson a worthy Adelaide in Guys & Dolls?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Emma ClarendonLeave a Comment

On hearing the news that Rebel Wilson was joining the London cast of Guys and Dolls, many people were extremely happy. But this writer a little bit dubious – could she pull the character off? Here’s a run-down of what critics have been saying. Wilson continues playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre until 21 August 2016.






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NEWS: Simon Lipkin plays Nathan to Rebel Wilson’s Adelaide in Guys & Dolls

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Guys and Dolls today announces that Simon Lipkin will be joining the West End cast for a limited time at the Phoenix Theatre to play the part of Nathan Detroit from Tuesday 28 June until Sunday 21 August 2016. He will play opposite the award-winning Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson who will play the part of Miss Adelaide.






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BOOK REVIEW: It’s All Going Wonderfully Well – Growing up with Bob Hoskins

In Books, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Richard Eyre, in one of the bravest and most visionary casting decisions ever, chose Hoskins to play Frank Loesser’s low-life Nathan Detroit in what was to be the National Theatre’s groundbreaking and first ever musical production, Guys and Dolls. The production scooped countless awards and nominations and is still talked about to this day. With his three fellow leads and a faultless company of actors and creatives, Hoskins learned to tap-dance, polished up his singing and proved that his indomitable Cockney charm could work as well on Broadway as in Bethnal Green. Born in 1983, some months after her dad had moved on from the show’s cast, one of Rosa Hoskins’ fondly spoken regrets is that she had never seen her dad’s take on Nathan Detroit.






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GUYS & DOLLS – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Made popular by the MGM 1955 film starring Marlon Brandon, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine this show is undoubtedly in my top three all time favourite shows. Consequently I’ve seen many stage versions and some with equal star billing as the motion picture which started my love affair with it. So did this fresh touring company live up to my high expectations?