It’s panto season! (Oh no it isn’t, etc…) Full disclosure: I haven’t seen a panto since I was a kid, and went in to the Opera House’s Peter Pan frankly a little bit cynical. I’d assumed it was just for parents wanting to introduce their kids to theatre – a great aim, but one with not much to offer someone like me. How wrong I was.
‘Dialogue whizzes back & forth like leather on willow’: STUMPED – Original Theatre (Online show)
When in 1964 Samuel Beckett (Stephen Tompkinson) and Harold Pinter (Andrew Lancel) play in the same cricket match in the Cotswolds, you might expect something out of the ordinary. Filmed live at Lord’s, the ‘home of cricket’, Original Theatre’s Stumped imagines what might have happened in such a meeting between two playwrights known for pauses and a sense of the absurd.
‘Plenty of stunning gymnastic-inspired choreography, high levels of energy & joy’: BRING IT ON – Queen Elizabeth Hall then Touring ★★★★
This pom-pom filled musical might be slight in story, but it certainly has much to enjoy thanks to Fabian Aloise’s choreography.
‘Unapologetically both theatrical drama & a tense piece of work adapted for the screen’: THE SYSTEM (Online review)
Paul is dead, killed at his own party. Everyone is a suspect, and most of them had a motive. Written and performed by Emily Head, directed by Guy Unsworth, The System is filmed live in one take. We meet each suspect to see how they react under interrogation, and see if the mystery can be solved.
‘Dark & thrilling play’: THE SYSTEM – Original Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
Written and performed by Emily Head, The System is a compellingly dark watch that has been cleverly filmed.
‘Fascinated by the script & staging throughout’: BEING MR WICKHAM – Original Theatre Company (Online review)
Being Mr Wickham is a lovely idea: we are not just seeing the change in Wickham, but in Adrian Lukis portrayal. He clearly has a close affinity with the character and fits back into it perfectly.
NEWS: Bring It On The Musical will play a London season at the Southbank Centre in December 2021
Selladoor Worldwide has announced that Bring It On The Musical will play its delayed London season at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 8 December 2021 to 22 January 2022, following eight performances at the New Theatre, Peterborough from 30 November to 4 December 2021.
WATCH: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em stars Joe Pasquale & Sarah Earnshaw on why they couldn’t wait to reprise their roles
I laughed my head off watching Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, and afterwards, got onto the wonderfully kitsch 1970s set myself to interview stars Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw and writer-director Guy Unsworth.
‘Has the audience crying with laughter’: SOME MOTHERS DO ’AVE ’EM – Touring
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em is absolute pandemonium and a riot from beginning to end. Don’t miss one of the funniest stage shows in years.
‘Still topical & relevant’: OF MICE & MEN – Touring ★★★
In this touring production, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men highlights the effects of climate change, economic uncertainty and migration on people’s lives.
NEWS: Joe Pasquale stars as Frank Spencer in stage version of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
Joe Pasquale will star as the loveable but accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first-ever stage production of the classic 1970s TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.
Review: Fresher The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)
It’s refreshing to see how Fresher’s Week hasn’t changed over the years. The insecurities over how to fit in, find your feet, seem cool and get laid could as easily have been set in the History Man era as today. Five students arrive in their allocated shared flat and through a series of drinking games […]
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