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A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – CD Review

In London theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Just released on CD, A Spoonful of Sherman is a delightful recording that preserves one of the most sparkling revues of recent years. Staged at the St James Theatre in 2014, the show captured the songwriting genius of Richard and Robert Sherman. I reviewed it then (here) and an extract of my review, now to be found quoted on Wikipedia reads “It is a wonder that this charming show has not been staged before. Amidst all of Broadway’s giant songwriting partnerships, none reaches out to the child within us quite like the legacy of the Sherman Brothers. Cleverly crafted songs that speak of hope against adversity, written in verses that talk to every age.” Listening to the CD now, those words ring ever true.

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Yes No Maybe

In Features, Inspiring people, Opinion by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

Three things this week have reminded me of the very powerful, and very important, trust exercise which is called “Yes No Maybe”. It is used to start many couples and group work – in drama or life – where it is important to signal when you are comfortable with a developing connection. “Yes”, spoken clearly, […]

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THE DIVER – The Rag Factory

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

The opening minutes of Craft Theatre’s one-woman show, The Diver, are slightly unsettling. After an introduction from director Rocky Rodriguez Jr, performer Helen Foster bounces on to the stage. And then off again. Then back on. The lights are still up. You have no idea if this is part of the show or not. There’s a bit of stand-up comedian style banter, and a few awkward silences, between which we’re constantly reassured that the show has, in fact, started. It’s clear that this is not going to be a ‘sit in the dark and make no noise’ theatre experience. We’re all in this together, whether we like it or not.

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THE TEMPEST – Hope Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Not only can Shakespeare be considered to be England’s greatest playwright, he is probably the most prolific when it comes to performances of his work. The plays are amazingly flexible in the many ways they can be stage and the latest production of “The Tempest” at The Hope Theatre by the Thick as Thieves Production company is a lovely case in point.

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Love Birds: How to cast penguins and parrots in a new musical

In Children's theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

How do you cast a new musical that requires a cast of parrots and penguins? After 14 years of casting films, TV dramas and plays, seasoned casting director Stephen Moore makes his musical theatre casting debut with Love Birds, a family musical by Robert J Sherman (son of Robert B Sherman of the Sherman Brothers fame) which premieres at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe.

SHREK – Touring

In Children's theatre, Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

Take a blockbuster movie, add a bunch of songs and some sparkly costumes and stick it on a stage… A tried and tested recipe for success and one that seems to be a guarantee of success. It certainly didn’t hurt Shrek when that landed in the West End and tickets flew out of the box office. Now the show is heading out on tour around the UK and we made our way to the Mayflower to check it out.

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NEWS: Bertie Carvel stars in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape at Old Vic

In London theatre, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Bertie Carvel is to lead the cast in Richard Jones’ new production of The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic. The second production in Matthew Warchus’ tenure as Artistic Director, The Hairy Ape opens on 29 October 2015, with previews from 17 October and will see The Old Vic theatre transform back to its original proscenium arch layout.

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NEWS: Zoe Wanamaker and John Dagleish join Kenneth Branagh repertory

In London theatre, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Further casting for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season has been announced. John Dagleish and Zoë Wanamaker are to appear in Terence Rattigan’s Harlequinade, with John also joining the company of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The two productions will play in repertory at the Garrick theatre from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.