In the last 30 years or more, roughly half of every new musical that arrives on Broadway or in the West End seems to be based on a film.
A Marvellous Party, commissioned by the Noël Coward Foundation, ostensibly marks the centenary of Coward’s first appearance on stage and has been produced to raise funds for actors on both sides of the Atlantic who are struggling with the effects of the pandemic.
This version of Look Back in Anger is from 30 odd years later and was mounted by Renaissance Theatre, then a relatively new company formed by a young Kenneth Branagh. The play was directed by Judi Dench, his is a made for television re-creation from 1989.
It’s likely to be a weekend to remember for Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse), artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, for not only is her National Theatre production of Angels in America nominated for 11 prizes at this Sunday’s Tony Awards, but she has also been recognised for her services to theatre in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours with an OBE.
Emma Rice’s tenure at Shakespeare’s Globe is winding to its close – the outdoor season is done but there’s still a winter’s worth of programming in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to get through.
History-Boy-made-good Jamie Parker is beyond excellent, refining Sky Masterson with a crisp intelligence and occasional glimpses of hesitant motive and the inner workings of a genuinely three dimensional character that completely escaped Brando in the movie.
Maybe the Mayor of London should ban Sweeney Todd? With elections looming do we really need negative propaganda which describes this city as ‘filled with shit’ and ‘not worth what a pig could spit’. Everyone has a black heart or a base motive, and after three hours of undiluted mayhem the stage is littered with corpses […]
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Tomorrow (March 22) Stephen Sondheim turns 85 — and Andrew Lloyd Webber turns 67.
It’s one of musical theatre’s great coincidences that the two giants of musical theatre of the second half to the last century share the same birthday.
They’re also both irrepressibly active still.
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