Daniel Evans’ elegant, heartfelt production of Flowers For Mrs Harris at Chichester Festival Theatre has been fine-tuned since it ravished our hearts at Sheffield.
I was as baffled as anyone to explain why I was on the edge of my seat and engrossed by the inner workings of quantum engineering, astrophysics and nuclear fission as explained in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Stand-out performances in any era are often only judged so in retrospect and modern theatre offers much that will be remembered. But once in a while, you know you’re in the presence of greatness, and Ian McKellen’s King Lear will be talked about for years to come.
A small, quiet important play for our times, Charlotte Jones’ The Meeting is led by a luminous, fiercely honest performance by Lydia Leonard as Rachel and Gerald Kyd as the puzzled ultimately broad-shouldered Adam.
This really is a delightful revival of classic show Me and My Girl – next stop the West End? I think or rather I believe it so.
Actor Ryan Pidgen will remember this night. It was the moment when he went out on stage an understudy and came back a star after single-handedly saving a show and the neck of its worried director.
The sun has got his hat on, England’s in the semi-final under a chap with a proper waistcoat, and Noel Gay’s 1937 musical is a great big, lovely, silly, dancing elephant of an all-British vintage musical.
In Sheffield Daniel Evans made a name for himself with dazzling musicals that were, for all the razzamatazz, full of heart and he’s done the same here, taking a show so familiar and finding a whole new range of nuances within it.
If you’d never heard of the James Stagg before David Haig‘s latest play Pressure, don’t feel bad: neither had he. The writer/star discussed this and much more at the post-show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock.
How many productions does it take for a playwright to have a moment? We could be on the cusp of a William Wycherley wave, with the second production of The Country Wife to arrive this year (the first being at the Southwark Playhouse in April).
The Chalk Garden is a pleasant enough play but it needs a good dollop of something rich and nutritious to get it back to looking its best.
The Chalk Garden is visually stunning to look at and has some extremely impressive performances from a talented and very well-rehearsed cast.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Monday 2 July 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is back in the West End for the transfer of acclaimed new World War II drama Pressure. Got any questions for playwright and star David Haig?
An exciting couple of months coming up on the Fringe – this month I’m checking out Theatre N16’s new venue for a couple of shows, for one thing, and next month The Bunker Theatre will be a bit of a hotbed for new writing.
The entire cast of Present Laughter executed every scene with a fabulous, animated, flamboyant energy yet there seemed to be an awful lot of unnecessary shouting throughout this production.
Yes, the Present Laughter is a bit jokey and, as one critic has said, cartoonish, but perhaps that is just what audiences want. You can’t say that it isn’t entertaining.
What begins as a comedy of manners in Present Laugher does turn gradually into true farce: wrong people behind doors, disastrous revelations of affairs, panic. And in this area director Sean Foley is wholly reliable.
Based on the remarkable true story of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings, David Haig’s critically acclaimed play Pressure will transfer to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 6 June to 1 September 2018.
There are places deep inside us that only song can reach; when – in Caroline, Or Change – Sharon D Clarke’s sometimes mellifluous, sometimes scorching, tones reach that place, they shake your soul and awaken your spirit.
The full company has been revealed for the opening production of Chichester’s Festival 2018, Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, with Rufus Hound as Garry Essendine, Katherine Kingsley as Liz Essendine and Tracy-Ann Oberman as Monica Reed.