Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Dominic Hill’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
My verdict? A show that is unabashedly in love with theatre, revelling in the curious mischief of Angela Carter’s novel – what a joy it is to dance and sing, indeed!
An adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1991 novel about a theatrical dynasty, spanning a century and loaded with Shakespeare, sex and song, Wise Children can exhaust in its constant frenzy of invention, but a surplus of ideas is always preferable than too few.
Wise Children is a beautifully designed and performed show, that’s faithful to the source material without ever feeling constrained by it – a great statement of intent from Emma Rice.
Now listen carefully’ says the wonderful Gareth Snook, hosting the proceedings as 75-year-old chorus girl Dora Chance in Emma Rice’s Wise Children, ‘or it’s going to be a long evening’.
Emma Rice’s new residency with The Old Vic opens with her adaptation of the book Wise Children and shares its name with the new company she has founded after the wounding debacle downriver at the Globe.
The Old Vic has announced the cast of Angela Carter’s Wise Children – adapted and directed by Emma Rice – which will have its world premiere at The Old Vic on 17 October 2018, with previews from 8 October, ahead of its UK tour.
To pick someone out of this prodigiously talented ensemble almost feels unfair, but Ellams’ narrative did repeatedly land on Peckham and the contested ownership of that salon was given blistering power by Akinade’s Samuel, bristling under the control of pseudo-father figure Emmanuel.
Emma Rice scores one of her biggest hits on Bankside with a musical that couldn’t be more Emma Rice if it tried. As it is, it fits perfectly into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, shaking up the established order once again.
Frankly, you can’t ignore the fact that every time you see it you get a free piece of chocolate. As long as you have the patience to wait for “le moment de magique” before you eat it.
Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Gareth Snook and Lauren Samuels join the cast for new Emma Rice musical Romantics Anonymous at the Globe.
Though my life has long been filled with musicals, Fiddler on the Roof has never been the one. I’ve only ever seen it the once (2013’s touring version) and though I quite enjoyed it then, I can’t say I was hankering after seeing another production.
Omid Djalili steps up to the pivotal role of Tevye the milkman. Married to Golde and with 5 daughters (3 of marriageable age) Djalili captures a hen-pecked, hardworking weariness of the poor pious family man who dreams of maybe, just a small fortune.
The show opens to the sound of children’s voices echoing dangerously throughout the theatre, whilst two characters give birth (and I mean this literally) to two black coffins, and therefore the story, beneath two giant bombs and a tattered black mezzanine hang from the ceiling.
The opening production in the ‘Summer of Love’ is Daniel Kramer’s Romeo and Juliet and following Rice’s lead, it is bold and brash, full of light and sound, and the kind of ferocious energy that you can easily imagine raising the hackles once again of those influential precious few.
A musical about cancer? As unlikely as it might seem, A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer isn’t even the first one that I’ve seen. That dubious honour goes to Happy Ending, one of the most misjudged shows I saw last year, but fortunately this Complicite and National Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester rejoices in a much stronger pedigree.
Have you seen the raft of rave reviews for our Featured Show? The European premiere of Harvey Fierstein‘s Casa Valentina, which is now running at London’s Southwark Playhouse, has wowed critics and has also been nominated for four OffWestEnd.com Awards, including Best Play. Scroll down for links and excerpts from some of our favourite reviews, plus some top-value Valentina videos… DON’T MISS THIS SHOW! Casa …
Harvey Fierstein’s second London opening this week after Kinky Boots is Casa Valentina, which makes its European premier at the Southwark Playhouse and proves a remarkable piece of theatre.
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.