Me and My Girl’s politics may be of the dark ages – but its ability to put grins on faces and set toes tapping is the mark of a modern show that knows how to please its audience.
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.
With Mapping Brent running at venues across the local community, artistic director Indhu Rubasingham has announced the opening season at the company’s newly refurbished theatre, which sees the Tricycle Theatre relaunch as Kiln Theatre.
Festive favourite and seasoned Dame, Clive Rowe takes on the role of Dame Trot whilst comedian Al Murray is a panto newbie as the landlord, Al.
For years Guys and Dolls has been all but ruined for me: that’s what happens when you are lucky enough to see a definitive production and performance. I speak, of course, of Richard Eyre‘s legendary National Theatre revival of this 1950 roadway classic. And, what’s more, I didn’t even see the original.
In this second holiday podcast, the London theatre bloggers discuss pantomimes at Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Wimbledon Theatre, as well as West End comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong and No Villain at the Old Red Lion.
Dear Santa, in 2016 can we please have no more fringe pantos put on for fifty quid? I want transformations, flying and glitter. Thank you.
Who is the nation’s greatest Dame? Maggie Smith, Judi Dench or Helen Mirren? Well, think again, for as pantomime season descends upon us, Clive Rowe yet again claims that illustrious honour with a barn-storming performance as Dame Daisy Trott in Hackney Empire’s Jack And The Beanstalk.
Royal Festival Hall, London – 19 May 2015
There must be something in the Thames as it flows around the bend of Waterloo Bridge that enchants the work of Frank Loesser. Back in the 1980s the National Theatre gave the capital a groundbreaking Guys and Dolls and this week, for one night only, Jonathan Butterell directed a sensational production of Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (almost) next door at the Royal Festival Hall.
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