I’m not one to blow my trumpet too much, honestly, but it was nice to discover that my blog has been named one of Feedspot’s Top 50 Drama Blogs and Websites.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child becomes the most nominated new play in Olivier history, with 11 nominations. Full 2017 Olivier Award shortlists announced today
In this special edition of the (still) As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast (AYULTP), the bloggers are focusing on one production only, albeit a two-part one: the world premiere of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Be warned: their free-ranging discussion may not strictly #KeepTheSecrets…
So what did I really think about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? You need to know two things – first that I went to a press night because the reviewer assigned to it got a hospital appointment the same day and secondly I only read the books originally until my godson grew too big to stay on my knee, since when I’ve maybe seen two of the films.
could a stage presentation of the latest episode(s) of the Harry Potter series match the buzz of the books or the hype and hysteria that has surrounded the much loved movies? The answer is most definitely Yes.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has officially premiered at the West End’s Palace Theatre. Having already gone down well with preview audiences and Harry Potter fans, did it charm critics as well? It’s currently booking until 27 May 2017.
Ahead of the double-show gala day at the West End’s Palace Theatre this Saturday, a galaxy of stars have already turned out for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And I’m not just talking about Emma Watson and other celebrities who have sneaked in during seven weeks of previews. Critics have had their first chance to pass judgment today and have unanimously – and internationally – awarded the two-part stage saga rave reviews: four and five stars across the spectrum.
It’s not only Henry IV who gets two plays. Cry God for Harry, Hogwarts and St Joanne: the woman who (whether you love the tales or not) admirably got a telly-softened generation hooked on big, fat, complicated books with Latin words and old-fashioned moral values.
Celebrity photographer Charlie Gray has shot three sets of exclusive character portraits of the grown-up characters from JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter series, along with the next generation, which feature in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The wildly anticipated two-part stage play receives its world premiere this summer at the West End’s Palace Theatre, where it begins previews on 9 June 2016 and officially opens to the press on 30 July 2016.
Snippets of Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It and Julius Caesar delivered by some of my favourite actors – including Alex Jennings, Michelle Terry, Ashley Zhangazha, Jamie Parker and Will Keen – is an enrichment to any Sunday. Why must it come down this weekend? Why not make it a permanent Bankside installation?
As rehearsals begin, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are delighted to announce that joining Jamie Parker (Harry), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) are Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri …
This week the London theatre bloggers – including syndicate Mates Laura Kressly and Johnny Fox – discuss Guys & Dolls, Jim Broadbent in A Christmas Carol and the culmination of the RSC’s King & Country cycle.
This is a revisit, to a partly recast Chichester show: and I must admit I had qualms about losing that generosity, that overflowing vigour you get with the classic musicals on the Festival Theatres’ great three-sided arena. Back in the retro, ornate proscenium world of the Savoy I feared it would be somehow constrained by the square magnificence. And, not least, whether the amazing 3D choreography by Andrew Wright and Carlos Acosta would feel cramped.
Spectacular dancing enlivens evergreen chestnut Guys and Dolls in this solid new production.
It is a sound idea that has seen Chichester Festival Theatre send their acclaimed 2014 production of Guys and Dolls on the road. The UK tour that commenced in Manchester in November last year is now making a three-month stop at London’s Savoy and it proves fun to re-visit some of this productions more inspired moments
The 2016 West End season got off to a rollicking start this week with Wednesday’s opening of Guys and Dolls, the latest Chichester Festival transfer to the Savoy Theatre, which follows fast on the heels of the last CFT transfer of another Broadway musical revival, Gypsy. It was a surprisingly star-studded, red carpet affair for the first week in January.
Today, Monday 21 December 2015, the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are delighted to announce thatJamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron.
A lot is written about the theatre every week — not just reviews, of course, but also preview features, interviews and “think” pieces. Keeping track of them all is a hard task. I try to tweet links to features that particularly catch my eye. Here is my weekly feature linking to some of the best ones from both sides of the pond.
Christmas came early to the West End on Sunday night, for just like Max Bialystock, Mel Brooks’ legendary king of Broadway, Alex Parker has done it again with his own Kings Of Broadway. Though where Bialystock famously flopped, yet again this remarkable conductor cum impresario succeeded spectacularly in mounting a one-night only extravaganza of the work of Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman. Either Parker has amassed a multitude of favours to call in, or, and this is far more likely, he has simply earned the respect of an army of talented professionals including a 30-piece(!) orchestra and a cast of stellar proportions, to put on a concert that proved to be as polished as it was entertaining.
It’s consistently hailed as one of the greatest musicals, topped Mark Shenton’s list of favourites and was one of the best things we saw last year… and now Chichester Festival Theatre’s superb take on Guys and Dolls is heading to the Savoy Theatre!
The highly acclaimed and sell-out production of Guys and
Dolls will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre in December for a strictly
limited 13 week run. Chichester Festival Theatre continue their triumphant
musical successes with this exuberant revival which follows transfers of
Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Gypsy. Sophie Thompson
and Jamie Parker will reprise their roles, with further casting to be announced.
Guys and Dolls will open at the Savoy Theatre on 6 January 2016, with previews
from 10 December 2015.
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal
dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with
nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (Sophie Thompson), whose patience is finally running
out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson (Jamie Parker), a guy who can never
turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart
of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana
for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission.
Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New
York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the
optimism and energy of post-World War Two America. This hugely popular and multi
award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist
Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers,
hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s
greatest musical numbers including ‘My Time of Day’, ‘Luck be a Lady’ and the
show-stopping ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. Guys and Dolls is directed by
Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star
Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival
Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
plays Miss Adelaide. Theatre credits include The Physicists (Donmar), She
Stoops To Conquer (National Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court), Measure for
Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe), Into the Woods(Donmar Warehouse) for which she
received an Olivier Award, and Company (Donmar Warehouse and West End).
Television credits include Lightfields, Watson and Oliver, Poirot, Doc Martin,
Big Top, and Stella Crawford in EastEnders. Film credits include Harry Potter
and The Deathly Hallows, Eat, Pray, Love, Fat Slags, Nicholas Nickleby, Gosford
Park, Dancing at Lughnasa, Emma and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
plays Sky Masterson. Jamie is currently starring as Mike Connor in High Society
at The Old Vic. Other theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are
Dead (Chichester and West End), Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), Henry V,
Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part 2, As You Like Like It (all for Shakespeare’s
Globe), Racing Demon (Sheffield Crucible), Revenger’s Tragedy (National
Theatre) and The History Boys (National Theatre, Broadway and Australia and
Hong Kong). Television credits include Parade’s End, Silk, The Hour, Silent
Witness and Wire in the Blood. Film credits include Le Weekend, Valkyrie and
The History Boys.
Greenberg has directed plays and musicals at major theatres across America
and Europe, has written for television and stage, and runs the musical theatre
program at The New Group in New York. Current
projects include the stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, and a new musical
project with multi award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Directing
credits include the Drama Desk Award-winning New York revival of Studs Terkel’s
Working, and the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well…
(Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award nominations). Current writing
projects include Scramble Band, an original movie for the Disney Channel, and
The Single Girls Guide, a new musical updating Jane Austen’s Emma to 1964, and
also adapting and directing Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and The Secret of My Success
for Universal Pictures Stage Productions. Recent credits include Pirates! Or
Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created with Nell Benjamin), the Disney Fantasy
Christening (with Neil Patrick Harris & Jerry Seinfeld), and Happy Days, a
new musical (first US tour).
Choreographer Carlos Acosta trained at the National Ballet
School of Cuba, and has danced as a principal with English National Ballet,
National Ballet of Cuba and Houston Ballet. He is a Principal Guest Artist with
The Royal Ballet and appears worldwide with companies including ABT, Paris
Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet, and has created roles in
contemporary ballets both with The Royal Ballet and internationally. Acosta was
instrumental in taking The Royal Ballet on tour to Havana, and starred in the Company’s
performances of Romeo and Juliet at The O2 Arena dancing Romeo opposite Tamara
Rojo as Juliet. He has staged several shows across Europe featuring both
classical and contemporary repertory, including his own choreography and the
work of choreographers from his native Cuba. Shows for Sadler’s Wells include
the semi-autobiographical Tocororo and Carlos Acosta with Guests from The Royal
Ballet for which he won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
for his performances. He recently staged a new production, Classical
Selections, at the Coliseum, and produced and choreographed a new production of
Don Quixote for the Royal Ballet. Screen credits as an actor include the
feature films New York, I Love You and Day of the Flowers.
The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser, whose credits
include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and the song ‘Baby,
It’s Cold Outside’. The book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Burrows’
credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Breakfast
at Tiffany’s. Swerling’s credits include the seminal film It’s A Wonderful
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Gordon Greenberg
Designer: Peter McKintosh
Choreography: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright
Musical Supervisor, Musical Director and Dance Arrangements:
Orchestrator: Larry Blank
Lighting Designer: Tim Mitchell
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis
Casting Director: Pippa Ailion
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls
is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment,
Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner
LONDON WC2R OEJ
GUYS AND DOLLS
10 DECEMBER 2015 – 12 MARCH 2016
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket prices: From £25.00
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