As much as I was looking for any excuse to return to Southwark Playhouse, it was the show that lured me back. Or to be more precise, Rachel Tucker starring in the show, musical two-hander John & Jen.
While John & Jen can sometimes veer into the sentimental, it does try to bring in numerous issues in modern America, and particularly succeeds in bringing to life the special bond between siblings.
Before Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical Rent took the world by storm, there was the autobiographical show, Tick, Tick…Boom!
After success at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Korea (!), Guy Retallack’s acclaimed production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Stephen Dolginoff’s macabre musical recounting one of the 20th century’s “perfect crimes”, returns to London for one week only this summer. Catch up on the copious critical raves this production has amassed to date – and then get booking!
Miracle on 34th Street is a sparkling, joyful and heartwarming spectacle. For a very merry Christmas, this is just the ticket.
This cosy festive treat is enough to convince even the most cynical to believe in Father Christmas.
Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast, this production, directed by Guy Retallack, is staged as a live radio broadcast which is extremely interesting to watch.
After an acclaimed run in San Diego, the UK premiere of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play comes to The Bridge House Theatre this Christmas in a production directed by Artistic Director Guy Retallack (It’s A Wonderful Life, Thrill Me) London, 1947. In a busy radio studio, the cast and crew are assembled for a very special recording of this year’s biggest Christmas hit movie.
Thrill Me is an insight into the warped worlds of high-functioning psychopathy that draws from Nietzsche’s philosophical construct of supermen – the ultimate in human, transcendental arrogance.
Small, perfectly formed, alternative Christmas treats: I saw two two-hander musical gems last weekend: Her Aching Heart at the Hope Theatre in Islington and, on the opposite side of town, Another Night Before Christmas at the Bridge House Theatre in Penge.
The West End is coming to Bridge House Theatre this Christmas with the UK premiere of the festive American musical Another Night Before Christmas, starring Olivier Award winner George Maguire and Rachael Wooding.
If my Christmas spirit was a bit lacking when I arrived at Bridge House Theatre last night, it’s safe to say it’s not any more. A Christmas Carol… More or Less takes Dickens’ classic festive tale and gives it a unique, original and hilarious twist, which also highlights the continuing relevance of the story in our modern society.
During my visit to the rehearsal rooms of It’s a Wonderful Life on radio, which launches a new UK tour this week, I also got to chat to three of the incredibly hard-working, six-strong ensemble cast about their experiences creating characters in a community we’re all familiar with.
Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as everyman George Bailey, is probably my favourite film of all time. It’s certainly the one I’ve seen more times than any other. Quite frankly, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it. Definitely once – or sometimes twice, thrice or more – every Christmas. [Bear with me, this does have a theatrical link so keep reading…]