The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is not a venue I have been to in person, so I am happy to be able to go “once more into the breach” in the ultramodern version of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Henry V is a vibrant and insightful production that also reveals the importance of regional theatre in keeping the industry alive.
Henry V at The Barn Theatre, Cirencester is an exceptionally well conceived production, with a clear focus on storytelling and great visuals – a Henry V for our times.
The Barn Theatre’s Henry V is an inventive and entertaining treat. A strong, well directed cast bring a classic to life with a verve and energy that should be seen and appreciated.
Musically, Girlfriends is a richly diverse score that is beautifully delivered by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and the cast performances on this album.
From musical theatre to Shakespeare, Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels will star as Henry and Katherine respectively in The Barn Theatre’s upcoming production of the Bard’s Henry V.
Lambert Jackson Productions brought together three powerful female voices for this stunning concert, West End Women.
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.
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.
Emma Rice scores one of her biggest hits on Bankside with a musical that couldn’t be more Emma Rice if it tried. As it is, it fits perfectly into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, shaking up the established order once again.
Frankly, you can’t ignore the fact that every time you see it you get a free piece of chocolate. As long as you have the patience to wait for “le moment de magique” before you eat it.
Noel Sullivan will forever be a member of Hear’say first and foremost to me, the product of one of first of this generation of Saturday night music talent show – Popstars – but since then, a career in musical theatre has beckoned and it is on that, rather than his pop star life, that his debut album concentrates.
Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Gareth Snook and Lauren Samuels join the cast for new Emma Rice musical Romantics Anonymous at the Globe.
Two Off-West End plays have recently inspired my other half Peter Jones to compile Spotify playlists of his youth
‘Wheel of Fortune’ gimmick and great performances distract the audience from the pedestrian storylines. This play must have been bold and daring in its 1920 premiere but for a 21st century audience it fails to shock.
Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play of 10 interlinked intimate encounters has proven enduringly popular over the years – adapted for the gays, for fans of musicals, for Charlie Spencer’s libido – and now Max Gill has taken a decidedly 21st century gender-neutral approach to La Ronde for the opening salvo in the Bunker’s second season.
Everything that happens in this wonderfully quirky and raunchy production is put in the hands of fortune – meaning that the actors are also never sure which direction the show is going to take…
“Over three months, I trawled through London interviewing everyone from sex workers, adulterers, fetishists, lovers to the desperately bored and married, asking them about their sex lives.”
With Racky Plews’ production, and some 40 years after Jack Heifner’s play premiered in New York, Vanities in its musical iteration finally crosses the Atlantic to make its London debut. A three-handler, Kathy, Mary and Joanne are Texan women who we meet as teenage high school cheerleaders on the day of what was to be Kennedy’s assassination.
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