The Hired Man is a lively and refreshing Northern musical which offers us an insight into the life of rural communities at the beginning of the 20th century.
A decent production of a slightly bland musical – The Hired Man’s 20-30 year span is over-ambitious for the given running time.
The Hired Man might perhaps disappoint those looking for the bombast of a large-scale musical but in its subtle portrait of a slice of social history, there’s something more intriguing and moving here.
Musically, Girlfriends is a richly diverse score that is beautifully delivered by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and the cast performances on this album.
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
Mark Shenton offers reviews, news, interviews and tweets of the week from the West End, Broadway and beyond.
The melodic, complex music in LMTO’s Girlfriends at the Bishopsgate Institute does provide moments of power and, if anything, this show serves as a fantastic celebration of women and the crucial roles they had in the Second World War.
Singer and actress Lucie Jones spoke to Emma Clarendon about starring in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s upcoming concert production of Howard Goodall’s musical Girlfriends.
We have released our latest episode of The Show People Podcast in memory of Daniel ‘Dani’ Bolton (1990 – 2018). Thank you to everyone who sent in their beautiful stories about Dani Bolton.
In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Julie Atherton, shortly after completing the West End run of The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios.
London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s 2018 season features three musicals in concert: Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot at the London Palladium; Girlfriends, composed by Howard Goodall and starring Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels, at Bishopsgate Institute; and the return of festive favourite A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre.
This first episode on MyTheatreMates of the Show People Podcast, hosted by director and producer Andrew Keates, is with Mates’ own Mark Shenton – so a great one to start with!
Set at the turn of the previous century in the unforgiving rural landscape of Cumbria, The Hired Man himself is the hard-working John Tallentire, a man who will turn to any aspect of working the land – above in the field or below in the mines – to support his family, but in difficult times and with the Great War approaching, life is tough.
Taken from Melvyn Bragg’s acclaimed description of England’s Lake District as the 19th century passed into the 20th, The Hired Man is a richly fruited glimpse of a way of life long since passed.
It is all too rare that an established musical is performed as a stand-alone concert. Taking the rich beauty of Howard Goodall’s score and having it sung by some of the industry’s biggest names, it was no wonder that The Hired Man in Concert, for one night only, was a hot ticket.
Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg’s rousing 1984 musical The Hired Man will receive its first major concert presentation in over twenty years at London’s Cadogan Hall on 22 September 2016, narrated by Bragg himself.
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: …
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical recently extended booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 5 March 2016 when the show will then play its final performance at the end of the cast’s year-long contract. Rehearsals began for the critically acclaimed production in March 2015 with a company led by Natalie Dew as Jess and Lauren Samuels as Jules. The Producers are currently finalising both national and international touring offers including a tour of India visiting multiple stadia.
A surprise hit of 2015 and also included on a number of #Theatre2015 top picks, our top recommendation in the #MatesChoice ticket series is Bend It Like Beckham. Playing to audiences at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road in the heart of the West End and with music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, this show has become a fond favourite of Mates co-founder Mark Shenton.
You’re not going to find any pantos on my top ten list this season — I’ve just not been to any at all this year, thanks to my double round of surgery for a hip replacement, then displacement.
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