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MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS – West End

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Fresh out of the ‘Bath’ as it were and straight into London’s West End comes the eagerly anticipated transfer of last year’s adaptation of the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Perhaps most commonly known to most as the ‘striptease revue film’ starring Judi Dench, Will Young and the late great Bob Hoskins. Mrs Laura Henderson and her girls bring us straight to the heart of an austerity Britain, with the women and the workers of World War II, providing a much more gut-wrenching hit than one might have imagined.

“I clapped so hard I dented my ring” + Press pass: All the reviews and news on Mrs Henderson Presents

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I gave Mrs Henderson Presents a very enthusiastic response at the curtain call of last night’s West End premiere – so enthusiastic that, as I tweeted at the time, I dented my ring. This is not good, it was my favourite ring, but I couldn’t help myself and I don’t begrudge the show. (A helpful […]

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“I clapped so hard I dented my ring” + Press pass: All the reviews and news on Mrs Henderson Presents

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I gave Mrs Henderson Presents a very enthusiastic response at the curtain call of last night’s West End premiere – so enthusiastic that, as I tweeted at the time, I dented my ring. This is not good, it was my favourite ring, but I couldn’t help myself and I don’t begrudge the show. (A helpful […]

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MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS – West End

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The old gags are the best, they say – or just the oldest – and in this hugely enjoyable adaptation of the movie Mrs Henderson Presents they come thick and fast from the mouth of the show’s very own Emcee Arthur (Jamie Foreman) who steers us through good times and bad, through blitz and all-clears, for the little review theatre whose slogan “We Never Close” was something not even Hitler’s bombs could challenge. Our own Lord Chamberlain had more chance but even he failed to exact a direct hit on the tits and ass. And to think The Windmill was/is just from where we were sitting just across Leicester Square.

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NEWS: EastEnders’ Jamie Foreman joins Mrs Henderson Presents cast

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Norma Heyman, John Reid, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Michael Harrison are delighted to announce full casting for the hit new British musical MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 9 February 2016, for a strictly limited season, with a press night on Tuesday 16 February 2016. Joining the previously announced Tracie Bennett as ‘Laura Henderson’, …

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NEWS: Mrs Henderson Presents transfers to West End’s Noel Coward in Feb

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Norma Heyman, John Reid, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Michael Harrison are delighted to announce that following a sell-out season at the Theatre Royal Bath this summer, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 9 February 2016, for a strictly limited season, with a press night on Tuesday 16 February 2016. MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS will …

MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS – Theatre Royal, Bath

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A musical can only be as good as its underlying book – and in Mrs Henderson Presents, the show’s fable couldn’t be more strong or poetic. Based upon the 2005 movie, the true story tells of Laura Henderson, wealthy widow and owner of London’s Windmill Theatre, who sought to halt the venue’s falling revenues by putting on shows of naked girls. Britain’s censorship laws were fierce at the time, forbidding nude performers, but in a bid to circumvent the Lord Chamberlain’s disapproval, Henderson, along with close adviser Vivian Van Dam, concoct a revue that will feature naked women but in still life tableaux. The Windmill’s success was assured and as war with Germany broke out in 1939, so did the Windmill never close, always packed with troops enjoying morale boosting visits even through the darkest days of the Blitz and in its own way capturing the essence of British resilience.

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A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – CD Review

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Just released on CD, A Spoonful of Sherman is a delightful recording that preserves one of the most sparkling revues of recent years. Staged at the St James Theatre in 2014, the show captured the songwriting genius of Richard and Robert Sherman. I reviewed it then (here) and an extract of my review, now to be found quoted on Wikipedia reads “It is a wonder that this charming show has not been staged before. Amidst all of Broadway’s giant songwriting partnerships, none reaches out to the child within us quite like the legacy of the Sherman Brothers. Cleverly crafted songs that speak of hope against adversity, written in verses that talk to every age.” Listening to the CD now, those words ring ever true.