Having been appointed Rose Theatre’s artistic director in January 2020, Christopher Haydon was prevented from announcing his inaugural season until now due to Covid-19. With an emphasis on the female voice, the season will include five Rose Original productions – including two world premieres and a new version of an epic Brechtian masterpiece.
As his new digital sheet music store New UK Musicals launches, I talk with multi-award winning composer and lyricist Darren Clark about the site and his career.
The National Youth Music Theatre does a mighty fine job of eerily atmospheric new musical The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Other Palace.
Have you seen the raft of four-star reviews for our current Featured Show? The House of Mirrors and Hearts, just opened on Tuesday at London’s Arcola Theatre, is a haunting new chamber musical about love, lies and the ghosts of our pasts. Scroll down for links and excerpts from some of our favourite reviews.
‘Pain can blind us, twist us, change us – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse’; writes Eamonn O’Dwyer in the programme notes of his new musical playing at the Arcola Theatre. House of Mirrors and Hearts is an ambitious piece, looking to investigate the oppressive nature of grief associated with loss and its destructive impact on a family unit. It is a chamber musical of intense intimacy, but often shuts the audience out more than it draws us in. It’s a shame, as the space feels perfect for the subject matter and yet it is somewhat undermined by some unsympathetic characters and predictable narrative clichés.
The adage – usually attributed to Sondheim – that “musicals aren’t written, they’re rewritten” was central to the post-show discussion that I hosted last night at London’s Arcola Theatre. It was the final preview performance of The House of Mirrors and Hearts, the new British chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Robert Gilbert, which faces critics this evening.