Soho Cinders, a contemporary twist of the fairytale Cinderella, is filled with charm and personality – performed with great gusto by all of the cast.
‘Certainly turns the classic tale on its head’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★
Soho Cinders isn’t life-changing but it allows us to experience tongue-in-cheek, energetic performances which will entertain for the duration of the show.
‘It honestly had me hooked by the first scene’: Millie O’Connell swaps Six for Soho Cinders
Actress Millie O’Connell chatted to us about Soho Cinders at the Charing Cross Theatre.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Bristol ★★★★
If Christmas shows are measured by the smile it puts on our faces and the gales of laughter elicited from the younger ones, then this is a stone-iron smash.
SOHO CINDERS – Union Theatre
Shifting London’s Old Compton Street south of the river, the run up to Xmas sees the Union present Stiles & Drewe’s newish Soho Cinders, their Cinderella for the 21st Century, as a festive offering. Elliot Davis co-writes the book with Drewe and together they offer a bold attempt at re-defining the classic fairy tale.
NEWS: Dave Willetts stars in James Bourne & Elliot Davis’ Out There, full cast
Dave Willetts stars in the world premiere of OUT THERE, a new musical by Elliot Davis and former Busted star James Bourne, which runs at London’s new Union Theatre from 21 September to 8 October 2016, with a press night on 23 September. Full cast is announced today.
Curtain Up: News from the past week in theatre, tickets on sale
With constant depressing news in the wider world, theatre news offers a respite. Recent news to celebrate includes Mark Rylance’s West End return, the London premiere of Owen McCafferty’s Unfaithful, Samuel Beckett tribute No’s Knife and more…
NEWS: Nine shows announced for third From Page to Stage season of new musicals
Aria Entertainment today announces the full programme of work for the third annual From Page To Stage season of new musicals. Tickets are now on sale ranging from £12.00 to £18.00. Nine shows have been announced as part of the season at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre. Readings include a new musical by Loserville writing duo Elliot Davies and James Bourne …
OF THEE I SING – Royal Festival Hall
All credit to Elliot Davis, Senbla and the genius of casting director Anne Vosser too, for assembling such a platinum plated cast to perform the little known Of Thee I Sing. But whilst this one-night-only’s company was majestic, the show itself plumbs the crassest depths of jingoistic prejudice, sexism and febrile farce. Quite how it won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize (the first musical ever to do so) beggars belief.
Loserville – Review
Union Theatre, London
Book, music & lyrics by Elliot Davis and James BourneDirected by Michael Burgen
After perhaps a too short run in London’s West End nearly three years ago, Loserville the British musical written by Elliot Davis and James Bourne and inspired by the Son of Dork album ‘Welcome to Loserville’, bursts back on to the fringe scene in a fresh and exciting production at the Union Theatre. Transporting us back to 1971 and the geekishly wonderful life of Michael Dork, the story isn’t massively unfamiliar in its boy meets girl setup. But what Loserville (a Best Musical nominee at the 2013 Oliviers) adds is a wonderful array of period charm, possessing all the right kinds of awkwardness that quickly turn this show into an exciting musical.
Instantly greeted by our geeks in the opening number Living In The Future Now, the Union’s strong young cast impresses. Leads Michael Dork (Luke Newton) , Holly Manson (Holly-Ann Hull) and Lucas Lloyd (Jordan Fox) give flawless vocal performances throughout, whilst Lewis Bradley’s ‘arch’ nemesis Eddie Arch proves a hit, giving just enough sinister swagger to make the villain of the piece ultimately too hard to hate. Bradley is equally matched by Sarah Covey in her sophisticated approach as Leia Dawkins.
With a strong ensemble, Matt Krzan’s vibrant choreography wonderfully fills the Union’s space, suggesting a brilliant mix of techno drive and high school chic that works extremely well. Bryan Hodgson leads a fine 3 piece band, though there is a slight overpowering in the general mix that occasionally obscures some the ensemble’s fantastic harmonic work. Nothing that cant be fixed, mind.
Helming the show, Michael Burgen is by no means a stranger to the Union. Having previously appeared in the theatre’s acclaimed all male ‘Pirates of Penzance’, he jumps ship quite literally to make an impressive directorial debut. Burgen’s fun, fresh and arguably more home grown approach to the piece, gives it both warmth and heart that the show may have lacked on the bigger stage. Ultimately, its setup of chalk boards, UV paint and VCR props brings out the playful, geekish child in us all and definitely works to the Union’s advantage.
Loserville isn’t just for geeks. It has a vulnerability that also packs an impressive musical theatre punch. If you love the songs or even simply just missed the show first time around, then catch it now. Together with Davis, (Mc)Busted’s Bourne has written numbers that speak to the teenager in us all. It’s a fun show driven by a great ensemble.
Runs until 21st March 2015
Review: Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be (Union Theatre, London)
I confess it, I have previous with this show: in the mid-eighties I was in a fringe production which was selling so badly that one wet Wednesday we’d just decided to give the seven people in the audience their money back when we got a phone call to say that Lionel Bart was on his […]
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