SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE – Jermyn Street Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

This was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre and what a lovely, unusual and intimate space to perform an exciting new show in.

A set of three pieces written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and all created to challenge and thought provoke fundamental issues. Michael John LaChiusa has used these stories, writing words and music for this production. The show has been produced in the UK by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.

LETTER TO LARRY – Jermyn Street Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Theatre loves to eat its own history, and fair enough: if you want intensity, volatile emotion, hope and heartbreak and impossible yet irresistible characters, there are few richer diets. Especially looking back at the age of star-cursed star marriages and a pre-permissive intensity of scandal. Only lately Southwark gave us ORSON’S SHADOW, with Adrian Lukis as Laurence Olivier, taking up with his third-wife-to-be Joan Plowright during an ill-fated collaboration with Orson Welles. In that play Vivien Leigh (Gina Bellman) was mentally disintegrating gradually, but in the background to the clash of Titans.

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My theatre diary: Three must-see new plays Clarion, Level Playing Field, Oppenheimer

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

In amongst the stellar West End revivals of late – not least “mother of all musicals” Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman – are some spectacular brand-new plays on and off West End. Here are three in particular that I highly, highly recommend. The first two […]

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Review: On Approval (Jermyn Street Theatre)

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Following a season of sparkling jewel-box musicals, Anthony Biggs’ first production as Artistic Director of the Jermyn Street Theatre is Frederick Lonsdale’s 1926 comedy of manners On Approval. Although it’s a slight piece, the premise is intriguing: a domineering wealthy widow anxious to test the mettle of a hesitant romantic suitor agrees to take him […]

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Review: Boy Meets Boy (Jermyn Street Theatre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

When, in the mid-1980s, I picked the cheaply produced black-and-white printed original cast album of Boy Meets Boy out of a bargain bin in Tower Records, it instantly became a favourite show I’d never seen produced.  A pastiche of every black-and-white Astaire/Rogers backstage musical with endlessly hummable, witty and clever songs, but destined not to […]

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Review: Boy Meets Boy (Jermyn Street Theatre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

When, in the mid-1980s, I picked the cheaply produced black-and-white printed original cast album of Boy Meets Boy out of a bargain bin in Tower Records, it instantly became a favourite show I’d never seen produced.  A pastiche of every black-and-white Astaire/Rogers backstage musical with endlessly hummable, witty and clever songs, but destined not to […]

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