They’re back, those big burly men who sing like angels while dispensing free beer… yes, The Choir of Man has returned to town and it’s just the tonic that we need in these grim times. The term “crowd pleaser” was coined for shows like this concert-revue-jamboree hybrid, with a song stack featuring everything from Guns’n’ Roses, Queen, Avicii and Sia, to showtunes, Celtic folk songs and much more besides.
‘A little cheesy, a little heart-rending, a little bit spectacular, but always fun’: BONNIE & CLYDE – Arts Theatre
Composed by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Don Black, the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s road to infamy is perhaps best known from Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 film.
Composed by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Don Black, the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s road …
‘The term crowdpleaser was coined for shows such as this’: THE CHOIR OF MAN – Arts Theatre ★★★
Big burly men who sing like angels while dispensing free beer….what’s not to love, right?! It isn’t hard to fathom the appeal of The Choir Of Man.
‘Raise your glass to your local pub’: THE CHOIR OF MAN – Arts Theatre
Here’s a sobering statistic: 2,000 pubs closed during lockdown. Lost forever.
‘A perfect reminder of the importance of community’: THE CHOIR OF MAN – Arts Theatre ★★★★
Nine men, a pub, singing, dancing and amazing energy levels, The Choir of Man is an absolute treat of a show.
‘An awful sort of treat’: OLEANNA – Arts Theatre ★★★★
This is a grand intellectual teaser of a show, and under Lucy Bailey’s almost mischievous direction does a good job of shaking up fashionable preconceptions about David Mamet’s 1992 play Oleanna.
‘Fine attention to emotional detail’: OLEANNA – Arts Theatre
The great thing about Lucy Bailey’s 80-minute production of Oleanna is its sense of balance. And I have to say that it changed my mind about the power balance in the drama.
NEWS: West End transfer & tour announced for Oleanna
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions’ critically acclaimed production of David Mamet’s drama Oleanna, directed by Lucy Bailey, will tour the UK this summer from 8 June 2021, visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre (8 June-12 June), Theatre Royal Bath (14 June-3 July), MAST Mayflower Studio Southampton (5 July-10 July) and Malvern Theatres (12 July-17 July), before transferring to the West End’s Arts Theatre from 21 July to 23 October.
NEWS: Local lockdown unease leads to Six drive-in UK tour being cancelled
The drive-in tour of the hit musical Six, due to be performed across the UK in August and September 2020, has been cancelled due to concerns about local lockdowns.
NEWS: Six extends booking as first West End birthday celebrations begin
A new West End booking period for the hit London production of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ musical Six will run until 31 January 2021, with over 90,000 extra seats going on sale on 17 January 2020 to mark the show’s first West End birthday at the Arts Theatre.
NEWS: Sophie Isaacs joins the West End cast of Six The Musical in January 2020
Sophie Isaacs will be crowned the new Katherine Howard in the West End cast of Six The Musical at the Arts Theatre, joining the production on 21 January 2020.
NEWS: Four new Queens will join the West End production of Six as run is extended by six months
Hit musical Six has announced a new six-month West End booking period, running to 5 July 2020, plus there is news of four new Queens joining the line-up for the London production.
‘Could use a dose of Emilia’s fiery rage’: SIX – Arts Theatre
I can’t begrudge anyone their enjoyment of Six, a fast-paced display of talented women – I enjoyed it, too. However – rather like the history it’s trying to tell – such awesome performers deserve a much better frame for showing what they’re capable of.
‘Something truly special’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★)
A brief but hugely memorable history lesson awaits you at the Arts Theatre. Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just Six ways that you can describe this show and its awesome cast.
‘Upholds the notion of women supporting women’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★)
This week the 2019 Olivier Awards nominations were announced and Six is up for five. For a show which started as a university project, it’s pretty amazing and inspiring that Six is reaching such levels of stardom, and rightly so.
‘Flawless & unique’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★
Simon Callow’s telling of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre is theatrical perfection. A solo performance, aided only by subtly ingenious projections and the occasional, immaculately timed sound effect, sees Callow deliver Dickens’ classic festive fable in an 80-minute acting masterclass.
‘If anything the sincerity has deepened’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★
Has the performance of A Christmas Carol, and Simon Callow, changed over the years? Probably, but not from ego or bravura, no cheap tricks, no knowing modernities: if anything the sincerity has deepened.
‘Touchingly poignant, gentle but funny show’: THE WIPERS TIMES – Arts Theatre ★★★★
The Wipers Times is a touchingly poignant, gentle but funny show which successfully shows how laughter helped one group of soldiers get through the war – without diminishing the impact WWI had on them and the world as a whole.
‘There is clearly a deep affection for this play’: The WIPERS TIMES – Arts Theatre
As the centenary commemorations of World War I draw to a close it seems fitting that Nick Newman and Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre.
As tickets go on sale for SIX’s return dates… WATCH Terri’s post-show Q&A with the Queens & writers
As tickets go on sale today for the 16-week, by-overwhelming-popular-demand West End return season of SIX The Musical, here’s a must-watch (or watch-again) video for you: Terri Paddock chaired a post-show Q&A with the sextet of queens and writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss as they started their current, widely popular sell-out season at the Arts Theatre.