This production of Miss Saigon is like watching a fast-paced amazing Technicolor visual spectacle for the whole two hours and 40 minutes. The chemistry, the power and intensity is palpable in this touring show, the heat is most definitely on.
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The songs are infuriatingly catchy in Eugenius!, they stay with you for days. Its cool cast is energetic and engaging and you can’t resist this production’s charm.
The Shadow Factory showcases the stupendous technological capability of this new theatre. It gives us a taster of what can be shown here and this in itself excites. A fitting inaugural production from a theatre for the people of Southampton.
Andrew Still is the new Sick Boy in the 2018 run of Trainspotting Live, including its return to London’s The Vaults from 27 March to 20 May 2018. What does the show, based on Irvine Welsh’s infamous novel and star-studded Brit flick, mean to him, and who would he invite to a dinner party? Caroline Hanks-Farmer asks the questions…
Polymath, poet, storyteller, songwriter, visual artist …and arguably one of Britain’s greatest living playwright’s, Philip Ridley’s work is always full of surprises.
A Spoonful of Sherman launches its first UK and Ireland tour from Bournemouth next week. As the rehearsal process drew to a close, a small group of invited guests had a sneak preview of what to expect.
So would I go to more Shakespeare after this experience seeing Julius Caesar,? Yes, I would. More importantly, could I see myself as a regular visitor to the Bridge Theatre? That has to be an emphatic yes.
Sleeping Beauty follows the well-loved fairytale of good triumphing over evil, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse then saved by the good Lilac Fairy and a Prince. Peter Wright’s luxurious production adds to the original choreography by Marius Petipa.
Dietrich – Natural Duty, as part of the VAULT Festival, flies by and ends at the perfect moment. It’s such an interesting piece that you’d like more but are satisfied that you have been educated and thoroughly entertained. Peter Groom as Marlene Dietrich is enigmatic, engaging and totally captivating.
This Curve staging of Sunset Boulevard successfully manages to keep the glamour and scale required of a show documenting the golden age of Hollywood whilst making it suitable for a touring company.
Gecko’s seventh touring production, The Wedding, is an artistic exploration of a number of sociopolitical issues still present in our world today.
With some super performances, smart direction and staging, this is a production that is well worth seeking out.
Seeing is believing, isn’t that what “they” say? Well, I’d certainly agree when it comes to the performance of Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra. Every characteristic of old blue eyes is there and the sound is phenomenal. It really is uncanny, a truly astonishing performance.
All generations must have their superheroes; for children in the 1980s, tea-time television presented awe-struck audiences with the adventures of Bananaman, a particularly dim-witted super-hero who started life on the back pages of the DC Thomson comic, Nutty.
The Chuckle Brothers were the perfect foil for Craig Revel-Horwood’s evil Queen Lucretia who was sexy, sultry, evil and really rather beautiful with a powerful singing voice.
The Grinning Man is an astonishing piece of theatre which will appeal to anyone with an appetite for an entertainment which is piquant, curious, original and just a little bit macabre.
As another year passes it’s time to reflect on this years theatre trips. There have been some massive openings this year, a few well-deserved West End transfers and as always a few little gems Off-West End.
This production twists the Cinderella story a little too far for younger audiences who would be more suited to the traditional fairy tale version by Sir Frederick Ashton. As expected this is an incredibly innovative show with a nostalgic tribute to the war years and the silver screen. There are fun and imaginative touches from start to finish.
Robert Lindsay is sublime as Scrooge and throughout the evening delivered some delicate comic moments and gestures without ever detracting from his impeccable and endearing characterisation.
Are you a fan of Victorian melodrama? Are you a fan of Musicals? And finally, are you a fan of the work of ’The Lord’ – you know who I mean? If you can answer yes to at least two of these, then get yourself down to the Charing Cross Theatre where they are staging a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.
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