Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.
Mad as Hell is the story of little known Eletha Barrett (Vanessa Donovan), a Jamaican woman who was married to film star Peter Finch (Stephen Hogan), for his final 12 years.
Mad As Hell at Jermyn Street Theatre is an excellent new play that unearths the story of Peter Finch and Eletha Barrett, and the obstacles they faced during their time together.
Jermyn Street Theatre’s The Reaction Season, running from 10 April to 18 August, will feature 15 plays and musicals – 12 of them one-act – based around themes of reacting and re-enacting.
Mad as Hell‘s greatest insight and piece of biographical excavation is that Peter Finch needed to feel his wife Eletha Barrett’s absence to hit the mark of the tortured mad preacher of Paddy Chayefsky’s Network.
Woman Before a Glass is about infamous art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim – also apt as the theatre is not too far away from where she opened her gallery Guggenheim Jeune exactly 80 years ago.
Lanie Robertson’s 2005 bio-monologue about Peggy Guggenheim could be just another ‘poor rich girl’ tale, but in Guggenheim and in the performance from Judy Rosenblatt we see not only a tale of a woman who singlehandedly ensured modern art survived but also changed the way people looked at how art should be.
Austin Pendleton’s production of Woman Before a Glass, created here by Tom McClane-Williamson as the opening salvo in the Jermyn Street’s Scandal season, is a vibrant and fascinating delight which is as much a social history of the 20th century as it is a personal testament.
Mikhail Durnenkov presents a sample of vignettes addressing problematic aspects of modern life in The War Has Not Yet Started at Southwark Playhouse, London.
Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, places the focus on Peggy Guggenheim – a pivotal figure in the 20th century art scene – and is a hugely enjoyable show that demonstrates how a true passion can last a lifetime.
In Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre – an evocation of Peggy Guggenheim’s life, art collection, and robust attitudes – Judy Rosenblatt gives a tremendous performance.
This deeply fascinating one-woman show brings Peggy Guggenheim’s colourful life vividly to the stage.
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope’s new play Mad as Hell, about star of the film Network, Peter Finch.
Lots & lots of shows have their first performances in London and across the country this month, including new productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
2017 has been a bumper year for Break A Leg, we’ve literally been all over the place in as many theatres as possible and loving every minute.
With the New Year firmly within sight, here’s Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best theatre to see during January.
What I like – as well as the daft jokes and a ridiculous sauna scene in sock-suspenders and full tweeds — is the disciplined slickness of it: that Reduced-Shakespeare or play-that-goes-wrong quality which lifts shows like this out of the tiresome arent-we-amusing college revue level and into proper theatre.
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from November 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
Howard Brenton’s adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie is sharp and observant in which the tension is carefully built up in Tom Littler’s production.
Jermyn Street Theatre’s dynamic 2018 spring season 2018 focuses on scandal and its impact with four plays: Woman Before a Glass, Mad as Hell, Hilda & Virginia and The Dog Beneath the Skin.