The announcement of the new cast for Broadway’s hugely lauded Hello, Dolly! has been a most strange affair – names trickling out one by one, rather than one big splash.
Emma Williams reunites with her Half a Sixpence co-star Charlie Stemp this Christmas for Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, where the pantomime cast also includes Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot.
Anthony Boyle, Audra McDonald, Amber Riley, John Boyega and The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells are amongst the nominees in The Stage’s inaugural Debut Awards. Public voting continues until 10 September 2017 for the Best West End Debut winner.
3. The Choreography: Andrew Wright’s wonderfully energetic and elegant choreography not only captures the era in which the musical is set perfect, but also the spirit and joyfulness of the musical as a whole.
Fresh from Half a Sixpence, Charlie Stemp will join Elaine Paige and Gary Wilmot, along with the previously announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers in Dick Whittington, this year’s Christmas pantomime at the London Palladium.
First presented at Chichester’s Festival Theatre last summer, the Olivier Award-nominated revival of HALF A SIXPENCE will play its final performance at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre on Saturday 2 September 2017.
A group of London’s keenest bloggers and theatre writers were invited by RAW PR to a pre-show exclusive event for Half A Sixpence. I was fortunate enough to attend and get a flavour of how much effort and magic goes into this show night after night.
Arthur Kipps (Charlie Stemp), is an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century. Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society.
Rachel Kavanaugh has created a delightfully light footed production that leaves the audience beaming for joy. This wonderfully perky musical is a classic rags to riches story that shows that money really doesn’t buy happiness, wonderfully told through the story of Arthur Kipps an orphan who works as a drapers assistant until he unexpectedly comes into the money.
It’s rare to watch a West End musical that is so wonderfully British – and Half a Sixpence really is just that, in so many ways. The direction, choreography and music of the piece frame the energy wonderfully.
Several shows in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, announced next Sunday 9 April, are also recognised this week in the third-annual Also Recognised Awards – in some notably different categories.
Mates co-founders Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock join the guest line-up for The Curtain Up Show Olivier Awards 2017 Special on Friday 7 April.
Booking for HALF A SIXPENCE at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre has been extended for a second time to 2 September 2017. From 20 March, there will be an additional midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm.
Brimming with lively energy and infectious charm, classic musical Half A Sixpence benefits mightily from the Cameron Mackintosh reinvention treatment.
In addition to lists of top productions, Mates contributor Ian Foster reviews his reviews from the past year to award his personal prizes for the best performances for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in both plays and musicals…
Ahead of rounding up various publications #theatre2016 highlights, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my own theatregoing year and my favourite plays, musicals, performances and other events.
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises?
Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, Cameron Mackintosh announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of HALF A SIXPENCE at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017.
The musical Half a Sixpence bounds into the West End from Chichester, newly adapted by Julian Fellowes, with a spring in its step and an infectious grin. The story of Arthur Kipps, a lowly haberdashers’ assistant who comes into money but ultimately questions what happiness it brings, is brought to life in a visually beautiful production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have given the 1963 David Henecker score a complete re-boot with new songs which fit seamlessly into the story – their ragtime ‘Pick Out A Simple Tune’ being an absolute stunner in Andrew Wright’s mercilessly energetic choreography.