Continuing our series on Cirencester’s new Barn Theatre and its inaugural production of The Secret Garden, we’ve had tingles down the spine watching this speech that artistic director Iwan Lewis gave to local business leaders last year, laying out his vision for the venue as a creative hub in the Cotswolds and the transformational power of theatre for a community. We’ve also rounded up more great interviews with Iwan about this inspiring project.
Made your travel plans yet for Cirencester? The new Barn Theatre opens its doors in the Cotswolds with Dominic Shaw’s fresh new actor-musician, folk-influence take on family musical The Secret Garden, which starts previews tomorrow (16 March 2018). Check out our galleries of rehearsal and production photography and watch a sneak-peak video of the cast in performance – and then get booking!
Yesterday we told you about Dominic Shaw’s fresh new, actor-musician production of The Secret Garden, which officially inaugurates The Barn Theatre in Cirencester when it opens to the press next Monday (19 March 2018). But how much do you know about the brand-new, 200-seat, state-of-the-art theatre in the Cotswolds itself? Watch these fun-filled and inspiring videos with artistic director, and former West End star, Iwan Lewis about this small, country gem with very big ambitions – and start planning your trip to Cirencester!
Less than a week to go until The Barn – a brand-new, 200-seat, state-of-the-art theatre in the Cotswolds – officially opens its doors to the press with its inaugural production of Tony Award-winning family musical The Secret Garden. And leading Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who has signed up as one of the theatre’s stellar ambassadors, has a message for the cast.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was last year’s must-see musical in the West End, with audiences and critics lapping up the jokes and raving about Robert Lindsay’s performance. Predictably I didn’t see it, but when it closed I felt pretty sure it would be out on tour before too long so I made a point to catch it at The Mayflower and see what all the fuss was about.
Two years after its Broadway debut, Kinky Boots strides into London’s Adelphi Theatre, helmed by Jerry Mitchell who is evidently looking to repeat the show’s award-winning success over here.
Based on the BBC film of a decade ago – in turn inspired by true events – Kinky Boots tells of a Northampton based shoe factory facing closure, that stumbles across the idea of making women’s fashion thigh-length boots but built for a man’s body. As their kinky boots go down a storm amongst the transvestite and drag community, the company is saved.
If the shoe fits, they say, wear it. But in truth there’s always been a bit of a size differential between Kinky Boots, the modest urban Brit-flick, and the Cyndi Lauper/ Harvey Fierstein musical that it spawned. Lauper’s score resides principally in the funk and spunk of cross-dressing catwalk glamour while the somewhat dowdy spirit of Northamptonshire – the vernacular of the piece – is barely hinted at in the “Price and Son Theme” of the opening number.
This morning I’m delighted to be in agreement with most of the overnight critics awarding a slew of four stars to last night’s opening: the London premiere of another New York import. Of course, this import has a strong British pedigree. I’m talking about Kinky Boots, of course, the Broadway musical based on the 2005 […]
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