West End musical theatre group, The Barricade Boys, have announced a massive line-up of guest stars for their limited Christmas Cabaret season, which runs at London’s The Other Palace Studio from 5 to 23 December.
It is immediately obvious why Nell Gwynn is an Olivier-award winning comedy and it’s down to one inspirational writer – Jessica Swale. An individual with a keen eye for context within the text, Swale’s first play Blue Stocking came to Shakespeare’s Globe and highlighted the power of the historical woman – the first female Cambridge graduates.
Designing Side Show has been a blessing and a challenge at the same time. A blessing, as the audience have an inclusive, immersive experience of a freak/vaudeville show and are able to observe closely the life journey of (the real life conjoined twins) Violet and Daisy Hilton played extraordinarily by Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louise Dearman.
Daisy and Violet’s true confessions make more shocking reading than anything covered in the musical: they each married a gay man – one for ten years, one for ten days – and were allegedly nymphomaniacs entertaining two or three gentleman callers a night. No wonder the book writer and lyricist skipped that part.