Saul Reichlin performs his new one-man show Sholom Aleichem in the Old Country, featuring characters from the master Jewish storyteller. Find out how Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof became the milkman! What a perfect prologue to the Menier Chocolate Factory’s forthcoming revival of the musical. Scroll down to see what others have been saying about Saul and Sholom – and then get booking!
Sholom Aleichem in the Old Country, adapted and performed by award-winning stage and screen actor Saul Reichlin, continues its four-week season at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre until 25 November 2018.
Reichlin has won international acclaim for his previous one-man plays of Yiddish tales: Sholom Aleichem – Now You’re Talking!, Roots Shmoots and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s masterpiece Gimpel the Fool. Reichlin toured his first adaptation of Aleichem’s work, Now You’re Talking!, for more than five years, playing to full houses in 36 cities in eight countries. This included extended runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, London’s King’s Head Theatre and Off-Broadway.
Now, 15 years after he first brought Aleichem’s work to life, in the first stage adaptation of the writer’s stories since the 1964 premiere of the classic 1964 Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, Reichlin returns with this new stage show, abundant in all the wisdom and humour of the shtetl, told from the perspective of Sholom Aleichem himself.
Follow the hilarious adventures of Aleichem as he returns to the place of his birth, the small town of Kasrilevkeh, to revisit his roots. The abject poverty but perennial good cheer of villagers is portrayed in turn as hilarious, touching and occasionally horrifying in stories within stories, dreams within stories – where the matchmaker toils, men barter for eternal life, weigh up whisky against God, and tug at beards in a battle over a seat in the synagogue.
Relentless wives, a drunken shoemaker, a ‘leaking’ baby, missing money, the Dreyfus Case …Rothschild the rich, Rothschild the poor… the shtetl was home to them all. And, of course, such a trip would not be complete without special appearances from Fiddler’s Tevye the Milkman and Menachem Mendel, the matchmaker.
In Sholom Aleichem in the Old Country, directed by Victor Sobchak, Reichlin reminds the audience of the art of story-telling in its purest form as he narrates these timeless stories with a voice of Shakespearean proportions coupled with a vivacity designed to draw the audience deep into the heart of shtetl life.
Sholom Aleichem in the Old Country runs 30 October to 25 November 2018 at the Lion& Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, London NW5 2ED. Performances (75 minutes) run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 1pm and 5pm. Tickets are priced £14 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
The Jewish Telegraph
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