Daniel Mays has played a lot of tough-guy roles but has by nature a rather innocent and worried-looking face. It is this quality that Nicholas Hytner spotted as perfect for his Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre: lowlife but hapless, indecisive about the faff and cost of marrying his tolerant fiancee of 14 years standing, Miss Adelaide (an irresistible Marisha Wallace).
‘When it fully works, it’s wonderful’: GUYS & DOLLS – Bridge Theatre ★★★★
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.
’An unalloyed pleasure’: MARRY ME A LITTLE – Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online review)
Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker star in a beautifully sung, beautifully filmed digital version of Sondheim’s revue Marry Me A Little for the Barn Theatre.
‘It’s really to let the lyrics, the music & the melodies do their work’: Celinde Schoenmaker & Ramin Karimloo chat about the UK concert production of Doctor Zhivago
During rehearsals for the UK premiere concert production of Doctor Zhivago at Cadogan Hall on 1 September 2019, West End stars Ramin Karimloo and Celinde Schoenmaker kindly took a break to talk about the show and what audiences can expect…
‘Performances are wonderful all round’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall
The orchestra, along with the actors and fantastic creative team, create an atmosphere that will leave you longing for your own Italian holiday romance in Light in the Piazza.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Light in the Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the UK premiere of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ musical Light in the Piazza.
‘A sumptuous treat for the eyes & ears’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall – ★★★★★
The marvellously swooping score by Adam Guettel for The Light In The Piazza whisks you away from the opening moment and enthrals you in the beauty and magic of this delicate Italian love story.
‘A rare & wonderful evening’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall ★★★★
Only on until 4 July before an international tour, The Light In The Piazza is a must see for all who appreciate modern writing and quality musical theatre.
‘Lovely to look at’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall
The most lyrical and romantic thing about Light In The Piazza is its title. That, and the luscious vintage-style 50s costumes which evoke the American idyll of Italy as captured by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
NEWS: Rob Houchen & Celinde Schoenmaker join the cast of The Light in the Piazza London premiere at the South Bank
Joining Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron in the London debut of the acclaimed Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza at London’s Royal Festival Hall will be Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker, Liam Tamne, Malcolm Sinclair and Olivier-nominated international soprano Marie McLaughlin.
‘The leading ladies were on top form vocally’: WEST END WOMEN – Cadogan Hall ★★★★
Lambert Jackson Productions brought together three powerful female voices for this stunning concert, West End Women.
NEWS: David Thaxton, Savannah Stevenson & Charles Rice are cast in LMTO’s Camelot at the London Palladium
Olivier Award-winner David Thaxton will play Arthur in London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s forthcoming concert version of Camelot at the London Palladium on Saturday 6 October 2018 alongside Savannah Stevenson as Guenevere and internationally renowned opera star Charles Rice as Lancelot.
‘A truly spectacular performance’: ON THE TOWN – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★
What better way to celebrate what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, than at the Royal Albert Hall with a glorious performance of On The Town?
‘The ensemble really brings the show to life’: BARNUM – Menier Chocolate Factory
Menier Chocolate Factory once again proves that bigger isn’t better, presenting a lively, immersive staging of classic 1980 musical Barnum.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Barnum at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Gordon Greenberg directs this latest revival of the musical Barnum, starring Marcus Brigstocke in the title role and running at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory until 3 March 2018. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews here.
NEWS: Marcus Brigstocke & Laura Pitt-Pulford lead Barnum revival at Menier Chocolate Factory
Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Pitt-Pulford star as PT Barnum and Charity Barnum in Gordon Greenberg’s forthcoming revival of BARNUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT – West End
Verkaik’s vocals were flawless throughout the informal evening and it’s no wonder that she’s been entrusted with one of the most vocally challenging roles in the canon, across the globe, for nearly a decade.
NEWS: Theatre N16 announces new season
In his first season as artistic director of Theatre N16, Scott Ellis presents a slew of new writing.
Olympilads by Andrew Maddock, produced by Lonesome Schoolboy and directed by Niall Phillips, reunites the team that presented He(art) at Theatre N16 earlier this year.
STATE FAIR – London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Cadogan Hall
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra made the Rodgers and Hammerstein score fly with the help of a strong leading cast on Sunday night (6 November 2016) at Cadogan Hall.
State Fair c/o LMTO & other news, treats & interesting titbits
On Sunday 6 November 2016, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair will be performed for the first time on the London stage as a symphonic concert by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra under director Thom Southerland at Cadogan Hall.
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