Hello Harry!, an online concert celebrating the incredible 40-year career of Harry Gabriel, the Shaftesbury Theatre’s Stage Door Keeper, was an absolute ray of sunshine.
“We could see this was a bad one immediately. The sky was glowing.”Touted as an evening of song, dance and poetry, Songs anA fundraising gala evening pulled together in the space of a week by the superhuman efforts of actor Giles Terera and producer Danielle Tarento, it was a concert for the hundreds of families made homeless and the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.
The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was a devastating loss but a small mercy has been the way in which so many have responded in offering various means of help and support. Adding to this remarkable group are Giles Terera and Danielle Tarento, who have combined forces to speedily put together Songs and Solidarity – a West End fundraising gala evening of song, dance and comedy for the hundreds of families made homeless and the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.
I have always wanted to write a book. Like a lot of people, I expect. I always struggled with writing and I was found to be dyslexic ONLY when I went to university – Central, where they sent me for the test. It is something I wanted to prove to myself that I could do and I have done it.
What first struck me about this book, which has been so thoughtfully compiled by Ian Closier-Hawkins, is just how many individuals he has obtained quotes from, whose names are familiar to me, but who I had not associated with this particular Drama School.
I had tickets to see The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick. I got them pretty sharpish when they were released – obvs Kenneth Branagh a pretty big draw as actor and director. Almost as big a draw as Judi Dench, who is also starring. I didn’t have any problems getting to the theatre either – got to my seat in plenty of time for curtains up. But this can’t be a review of the show, and it isn’t, for the simple fact that I left at the interval.
All gathered in one place: the reviews, interviews, features and buzz from Saturday’s theatrical marathon opening of the first offerings in Kenneth Branagh’s year-long Plays at the Garrick season.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss The Winter’s Tale, starring Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench and opening the year-long Branagh Theatre West End season, The Hairy Ape starring Bertie Carvel at the Old Vic, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at the Tricycle and, now finished at Soho Theatre, Joanne.
Kenneth Branagh’s Garrick year as actor-manager opens in unquestionable triumph. One of Shakespeare’s greatest, most redemptive plays is richly served without flaw or gimmick, traditional in this l 1889 theatre but fresh, clear, heartfelt. The court of the jealous Leontes profits from being set not in antiquity but in a late Victorian – perhaps Tsarist – red-velvet palace in a Christmas season: under the tree a cosy opening vignette of the child Mamillius at old Paulina’s knee, begging “a sad tale’s best for winter”. His mother, prefiguring her statue moment, stands pensive aside, a column of white.
GETTING ‘EM OFF FOR VICTORY Never in the field of TR Bath’s excellent endeavours has so much flesh been displayed with such nerve to so many. Some were, in the interval queue for the Ladies, a bit gobsmacked. “Didn’t expect … Continue reading →
Just days after Kevin Spacey gave his (literal) swansong when accepting his Special Award at the Oliviers, our own homegrown Hollywood star has announced his plans to take over a West End theatre as actor-manager. As you will have noticed from the avalanche of coverage and quickening social media frenzy, Kenneth Branagh is back. Though […]
For the last General Election, on 6 May 2010, I went to a party at the Paramount Club at the top of Centrepoint. All night we waited up, for no dramatic climax, no result. This time round, I can’t imagine that any self-respecting, remotely politically minded, theatre lover will want to be anywhere but crammed […]