It’s 59 minutes to Doomsday in Unexploded Ordnances, a new-one-on-me genre called ‘Forum Theatre’ where two celebrated lesbian actors recruit the 12 oldest audience members to be a council of war for the incoming nuclear disaster.
Two groups are better impersonated on television than by theatre: the Royal Family, and East Enders. In H.R. Haitch they collide awkwardly in a royal wedding spoof musical with all the elegance of a bin lorry ram-raiding Buckingham Palace.
The trouble with touring American musicals is… well, where do you start? First of all, they have to be de-skilled from the Broadway originals so that an associate director and a lower-cost cast can deliver them in every size of playhouse from barn to boutique.
I have history with The Country Wife. As a drama student I learned the role of Harcourt in 24 hours when illness devastated the cast at the Nuffield Theatre Lancaster. The reviewer from the Guardian stayed only till the interval and because I had much more to do in the first half, hailed me as […]
Ruthless! The Musical is a self-styled camp cult event in which the musical theatre genre, and several popular musicals, are spoofed. That they are ancient camp favourites such as Mame and Gypsy points even more, er, pointedly to the audience for which this is designed.
Has the Menier Chocolate Factory come to the end of the road? If you want to know how it feels to be trapped in some nightmare prison with no prospect of release, sit in the middle of a row for its current no-interval production of Kiss of the Spider Woman.
At the Hippodrome Casino, in an unusual move from cabaret to a six-week run of a staged musical, Matthew Bugg’s Miss Nightingale comes up for air for at least the third time after taking the plunge at the King’s Head and The Vaults.