Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus gets a belated revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Stuck in the past, should it have been left in the past too?
In 1973 when Habeas Corpus was first staged, it reflected attitudes and behaviour indicative of its time.
The full cast and creative team is announced for Sean Foley’s stage adaptation of classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit.
As a new cast of ‘some of the world’s unluckiest actors’ joins the cast of Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, a new booking has opened at the Duchess Theatre with tickets going on sale until 7 April 2019.
The first thing to say here is that yet again the producer/director collaboration of Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland has come up with a beautiful show, full of charm, of energy and of near perfection by the committed cast in the singing and dancing. And not in any formulaic way – Lee Proud’s original, urgent […]
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So why haven’t many Rodgers and Hammerstein aficionados heard about it and why has this never been performed in the UK? Is this forgotten musical best placed as just that or have we been missing an absolute gem?
Full casting and creative team are announced today for the eagerly awaited professional European première of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, which opened on Broadway in 1947, and was their third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, with music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 5 August.
Fresh out of the ‘Bath’ as it were and straight into London’s West End comes the eagerly anticipated transfer of last year’s adaptation of the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Perhaps most commonly known to most as the ‘striptease revue film’ starring Judi Dench, Will Young and the late great Bob Hoskins. Mrs Laura Henderson and her girls bring us straight to the heart of an austerity Britain, with the women and the workers of World War II, providing a much more gut-wrenching hit than one might have imagined.
A musical can only be as good as its underlying book – and in Mrs Henderson Presents, the show’s fable couldn’t be more strong or poetic. Based upon the 2005 movie, the true story tells of Laura Henderson, wealthy widow and owner of London’s Windmill Theatre, who sought to halt the venue’s falling revenues by putting on shows of naked girls. Britain’s censorship laws were fierce at the time, forbidding nude performers, but in a bid to circumvent the Lord Chamberlain’s disapproval, Henderson, along with close adviser Vivian Van Dam, concoct a revue that will feature naked women but in still life tableaux. The Windmill’s success was assured and as war with Germany broke out in 1939, so did the Windmill never close, always packed with troops enjoying morale boosting visits even through the darkest days of the Blitz and in its own way capturing the essence of British resilience.