For any theatre enthusiast who has been living under a rock, Nicholas Hytner’s new production of Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre is unique because it is immersive, in the manner of this venue’s previous acclaimed versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar.
‘This is a show that brings pure post-pandemic joy’: Arlene Phillips explains why The Cher Show is ‘unmissable & fabulous’
Both have successful decade-spanning careers. Both are driven and fiercely independent. And then there’s the mutual love of sequins. Arlene Phillips talks to Vicky Edwards about Girl Power, refusing to act her age and why The Cher Show is an unmissable and fabulously feel-good extravaganza.
‘A high energy, fun night out’: GREASE THE MUSICAL – Dominion Theatre ★★★
It’s a cult classic that’s got the word, got the groove, it’s got meaning, and in its current West End run at the Dominion Theatre, Grease provides a high energy, fun night out that’ll have you feeling good and tapping your toes.
‘An extra special, female empowering watch’: THE CHER SHOW – Touring ★★★★★
So many female performers and creatives currently at the top of their game in a male-centric world. This makes The Cher Show an extra special, female empowering watch.
‘A frothy concoction of corny jokes & power ballads’: THE CHER SHOW – Touring
The premise sees Cher (Debbie Kurup) about to go onstage for her farewell tour. Facing a crisis of confidence the singer addresses her younger selves (Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell), delving into her past (or, ahem, wanting to ‘Turn Back Time’).
NEWS: Nikolai Foster’s new production of Grease transfers to the Dominion Theatre, 3 May
Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE will return to the West End’s Dominion Theatre, with new staging and choreography.
NEWS: Jonathan Pryce, Ruth Wilson, Lolita Chakrabarti & Arlene Phillips are among the recipients in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
Actors Jonathan Pryce and Ruth Wilson, plus director, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips are among the theatre and entertainment industry names in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
NEWS: Birmingham Repertory Theatre announces 50th anniversary autumn season
Artistic director Sean Foley has announced his programme for the 50th anniversary season of Birmingham Repertory Theatre in its current home on Centenary Square.
‘Has a contemporary resonance’: MYTH (Online review)
Ancient Myth clashes with modern Myth in a powerful rock musical about fame and mental health.
NEWS: Nikolai Foster’s production of Grease is to tour the UK & Ireland starring Peter Andre as Teen Angel
Following a sold-out eight-week run at Curve, the first new production in 25 years of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical Grease will tour the UK and Ireland in 2019, directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips and starring Peter Andre as Teen Angel at certain performances.
Review Round-up: Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre
Alan Bennett’s latest play has officially opened at the Bridge Theatre, the premiere production directed by Bennett’s frequent collaborator and Bridge artistic director Nicholas Hytner. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews….
‘Warm & funny, dark & thought-provoking, all at the same time’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre
The politics are an Old Labour and North London hybrid and, the hospital on stage is probably more fantasy than NHS reality. But when national treasures do something new, we should all rejoice. Allelujah, indeed.
‘Extremely funny & has something very urgent to say’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre
Allelujah! is not a masterpiece, mainly because most of the characters are underdeveloped and there is too much going on, but it is extremely funny and it has something very urgent to say, and says it without compromise.
‘A love letter to the NHS, masterfully written’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre ★★★★
A love letter to the NHS, masterfully written by Alan Bennett with lots of lovely touches – the 25-strong cast is impressive and really brings the play to life.
‘Riotous fun’: WEST END EUROVISION – Shaftesbury Theatre
Cast members from the West End’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory.
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NEWS: Union J star Jaymi Hensley joins cast of Myth: The Rise & Fall of Orpheus concerts
Final casting for Myth: the Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and playing at The Other Palace from 10 March, includes Jaymi Hensely, best known for his work in boy band Union J.
NEWS: Rock musical Myth: The Rise & Fall of Orpheus gets reworked at The Other Palace
Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus will have nine concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace, London from 10 to 17 March 2018.
GREASE – Touring ★★★★
With hundreds of costume changes, multiple set changes and an enviable line-up of cast and crew, including Tom Parker of The Wanted fame, this production of Grease was far from an understated affair.
GREASE – Touring
David Gilmore’s electrifying production is plenty of fun to watch but lacking in personality in some of the key performances. This classic musical about a group of teenagers growing up in the 1950’s, learning about love and the bond of friendship is energetically revived
GREASE – Touring
Set in the 1950’s as a high school musical when rock and roll was extremely popular with the younger generation and the great Elvis Presley was on the scene, it was a cool time to be around and the musical is just as popular now as people are always eager to experience the nostalgia of their youth either because they grew up in the 50s or grew up with the film.
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