Bursting into The Vaults following a run at the Watermill Theatre and a short UK tour, Tristan Bernays’ musical Teddy transports the audience back to Elephant & Castle in 1958 for a rip-roaring adventure with the Teddy Boys and Girls.
The ridiculously talented duo Molly Chesworth (Josie) and George Parker (Teddy) take on this unique script with such ease and grace that it seems they were born to play the roles.
Teddy is a surprisingly gritty musical that knows how to pack a punch and is equally entertaining as it is engaging. It literally leaves you dancing from the theatre.
Both George Parker and Molly Chesworth give excellent performances in Tedd, at times it feels like they are acting as if their lives depend on it, such is the palpable intensity.
Award-winning 1950s rock‘n’roll musical Teddy has had its London season at The Vaults extended by four weeks, following its successful launch at the Watermill Theatre and UK tour dates.
Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine’s award-winning British musical TEDDY returns in the new year, opening in January at the Watermill Theatre before touring and transferring The Vaults in London.
Shona White is a rather under-rated (for my money at least) Scottish actress and singer perhaps most famous for stints in Mamma Mia which were 12 years apart, but whose musical theatre credits stretch far and wide.
Rufus Norris may have commissioned a new adaptation of the Brecht by Simon Stephens to tick myriad boxes of contention from the politics of gender, sexuality, disability, and (naturally) the Middle East to the ever looming shadow of radical nationalism but no amount of theatrical panache and comic posturing can ever really disguise the fact that between the songs Threepenny Opera is a bore.
While the basic structure and characters are owed to Gay, the zany genius of The Buskers Opera calls more modern political and satirical influences most strongly to my mind. I’d liken it to a cross between Mike Bartlett‘s future history play King Charles III and Urinetown or, to bring it bang up to date with London’s current musical landscape, The Toxic Avenger.
The producers of The Buskers Opera, a brand new musical by Dougal Irvine (Departure Lounge, Laila, Britain’s Got Bhangra) and Park Theatre are today announcing the first-ever ‘relaxed’ performance at Park Theatre, to take place on Thursday 2 June 2016. The Producers of the show have launched a unique crowdfunding scheme in order help deliver this relaxed performance alongside their Arts …
Direct from her current West End run in Bend It Like Beckham, Lauren Samuel will join Olivier Award winner George Maguire in the cast of the world premiere production of new musical The Busker’s Opera at London’s Park Theatre this April.
Looking ahead to this year’s highlights, from Broadway imports and Pulitzer prize winners to Kenneth Branagh and Matthew Warchus’s ongoing seasons.
Teddy is a new piece of theatre from Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine that sets out to depict the Teddy Boy era of 1950’s London. It’s all about rock and roll and austerity in post-war Britain, but much like the Teddy Boys it tells of, the play’s slickly packaged, but scratch its surface, and there’s a show unsure of itself and seemingly still seeking its own identity.