Revelling in its crassness, Hand to God is as deliberate in its intent to shock as it is obvious. A very strong local cast adds to the attraction of this Australian premiere.
Hand to God is the cleverly written story of Jason (played by Harry Melling of Harry Potter fame) a quiet and awkward teenager, struggling to deal with his father’s death six months prior.
How many of this year’s Olivier Award nominated shows have you seen? Catch up with these great tickets and ticket offers.
I’ve not updated my diary of a theatre addict for six weeks now — I was last here on January 31 — since when I’ve seen all of 49 shows, including outings to Newbury, Dartford, Clwyd, Manchester, Bromley and Cardiff, plus a week in New York. I’ve also taken an active part in two more shows by appearing onstage as a contestant in a theatrical re-run of Mr and Mrs with husband (so it was really Mr and Mr, we’re pictured above with host Samuel Holmes) and as part of David Bedella and Friends, his monthly chat show at the St James Studio.
This week the London theatre bloggers – including syndicate Mates Johnny Fox and Laura Kressly – discuss The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes, the musical adaptation of Mrs Henderson Presents, Broadway puppet transfer Hand to God, and Off-West End, Weald, just finished at the Finborough Theatre.
Top ten of the week, with new addition for Simon McBurney’s phenomenal The Encounter.
Press nights are strange. So are Americans. At Hand to God, I sat in a part of the stalls surrounded by gushy younger American men fawning over Upper East Side matrons whose combination of spun sugar hair and Harry Winston boulders on their fingers often means they are “the money” behind a show.
AND THEY CALL IT PUPPET LOVE…. “Avenue Q meets The Exorcist” claim posters for Robert Askins’ Broadway hit, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Or “The Muppets play The Omen”. But for this West End cast – fabulously led by … Continue reading →
A Broadway comedy and two British created musicals arrive in the West End this week – one from last summer’s season at Bath’s Theatre Royal, the other after a long stage life of touring regionally and internationally for the last eight years. Will any of them make it to next week’s Top 10 list? This week’s main openings In London: …
After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony award nominated play Hand to God (including Best New Play and Best Director) is making its way to London’s West End and will open at the Vaudeville Theatre in early 2016. Previews start on 5 February, press night is 15 February. Hand to God will feature …
New York, NY (September 9, 2015) – Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that his Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God must close on Broadway on January 3, 2016 and will immediately transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning on 5 February 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre. Robert Askins’ riotous comedy opened to rave reviews on April 7, 2015 …