I Loved Lucy is Lee Tannen’s “autobiographical” biography of the final chapters of Lucille Ball’s life. An age gap of 40 years separated Ball and Tannen, who had been a devoted fan of America’s favourite TV comedienne since his very young childhood.
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Kander & Ebb’s repertoire is famously bleak with musicals that have focused on the rise of Nazism, torture and misery in a Latin American jail, racism in the Deep South and celebrity criminals and corruption in Chicago. Their shows are challenging, often making for very uncomfortable entertainment. So it makes for quite a paradox that The World Goes Round offers an evening of delightful musical theatre treats.
how can such a pivotal event in our nation’s culture become even more exciting? Simple. You get a chance to drive the actual train!
Marty Feldman was a unique comedy turn who could have been a giant. His distinctive boggled eye face and wild hair set him apart visually and as a peer of some of the late 20th century comedy greats he wrote for, and performed with, the best. Jeepers Creepers, written by Robert Ross, looks at Feldman away from the stage and studio, focussing instead on the philanderer and his devoted, even if humiliated, spouse Lauretta.
Jonathan Larson died tragically young, aged just 35. A writer who touched so many lives, it was an inspired idea that saw Katy Lipson and Guy James mark the twentieth anniversary of his passing by staging a concert to remember the man and his work. Seasons Of Larson was a journey back to “the end of the millennium” for an emotional rollercoaster of songs, chosen to represent Larson’s best.
Let It Be, kicking off its tour in Bromley this week, serves as a remarkable reminder of The Beatles’ story. Tracing the band’s beginnings in The Cavern club in Liverpool, it follows the soon to be named Fab Four on their fast track to greatness, hurtling to London and America and on to packed stadium tours, taking the audience with them on this journey.
Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play sees this most prolific of playwrights fire off yet another salvo of domestic dysfunction. Hero’s Welcome, set in a northern English town, treats his audience to tableaux of human misery staged as an end of the pier farce.
Pleasing on the eye and ear, this 1930s Noël Coward script is brought to life for 2016 by director Tom Attenborough and a cast of five. Telling the story of two newly married divorcees who find themselves honeymooning in conjoining suites, the play follows Elyot and Amanda as they differentiate between love and marriage and perception and reality – both with each other and their new partners.
The RSC’s opening to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year could neither have been more extraordinary nor ambitious: the full cycle of the Henriad performed as an entire historical epic.
Much has been made of McDonald’s six Tony wins and she is typically spoken of with reverence. But with it having been nigh on 15 years since she last performed in London, it has only been those lucky enough to have seen her perform on the other side of assorted oceans that have been able to testify to her on-stage reputation.
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