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The Show People Podcast: Back from Broadway, musicals leading man Alistair Brammer

In Audio, Broadway, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Andrew KeatesLeave a Comment

It’s the hottest day of the year when this podcast is recorded – and we’ve got a leading man to match! Actor Alistair Brammer joins host and director Andrew Keates for this episode of the Show People Podcast, after playing Chris in both the Broadway and West End productions of Miss Saigon.

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THE FERRYMAN – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

I always find it fascinating to watch how the critical community deals with a play that becomes a big success. The overnight rush to acclaim genius, the enthusiasm with which some greet it, the scepticism that that inspires in others followed by the relief that comes when someone publishes a well-reasoned critique that allows them to say ‘well it isn’t that good, see’.

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – Touring & West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

Kenneth Grahame’s story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible Toad have been a favourite of many for longer than they can remember – I grew up delighting in the stop-motion version and have long been a staple for adaptation on both stage and screen, Grahame’s skilful evocation of a pastoral England that no longer exists (and may never have) is infinitely comforting and inviting.

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The Last Five Years: Who else played Cathy & Jamie before Samantha & Jonny?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Photos, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey are just the latest in a line of musically exquisite, broken-hearted couples to tackle Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle. Remember Lara Pulver and Damian Humbley in the UK premiere? Here’s a pictorial timeline including them and other transatlantic pairings you may recognise.

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NEWS: Full Wind in the Willows premiere cast announced as rehearsals begin

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Touring by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The full cast for the new musical of The Wind in the Willows has been announced. They join leads Rufus Hound as the lovable menace Mr Toad, David Birrell as Badger, Fra Fee as Mole, Thomas Howes as Ratty, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel and Sophia Nomvete as Mrs Otter.

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THE FIX – Union Theatre

In Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

I was already familiar with the original soundtrack to this controversial yet exceptionally current piece of musical theatre; I have also watched clips of other performers playing the main roles. However, in three years of theatre blogging, I have never seen a performance that matches the magic of Lucy Williamson’s genius portrayal of Violet Chandler.

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THE FIX – Union Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

There are times when theatre can seem almost too prescient, where a show can offer a glimpse into a possible future that seems a little too real. There are moments in Michael Strassen’s production of The Fix that make you wonder just how much we are manipulated by the public view of politicians, and just how much they are all hiding.

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NEWS: Rufus Hound plays Toad in new Wind in the Willows musical

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Casting has been announced – including Rufus Hound, Fra Fee, Neil McDermott and Thomas Howes – for the new musical adapttion of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS ahead of its world premiere at Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8th October 2016 followed by dates at The Lowry in Salford and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton prior to opening in London’s West End.