On LoveLondonLoveCulture, Emma Clarendon rounds up the reviews for the premiere of Get Up, Stand Up!, the new musical based on the life and music of reggae legend Bob Marley. It’s running at the West End’s Lyric Theatre.
Everything Bob Marley sings lifts the heart. This musical is a huge affirmation of that heart and humanity, and it’ll be hard to stop me buying another ticket.
The full cast for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, joining Arinzé Kene in the title role, has been announced. The world premiere musical begins performances at London’s Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 with an opening night on 20 October.
Meanwhile, I want to start keeping track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, in a new feature here that will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story, a new musical featuring Bob Marley’s iconic hits played live on stage, will begin previews at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre on 6 February 2021 starring Arinzé Kene.
Top-notch comic performances and a production that purrs like a Rolls-Royce mean that the touring production of Shakespeare In Love from Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath is extremely seductive.
Whoever decided to revive Chayefsky’s film via a stage production made an astute choice. Network could hardly be more topical or timely in an era that has become infamous for false truths, ‘fake news’ and where ideas have become truncated and traduced by social media.
Bryan Cranston certainly earns every award going for his craggy, convincing Beale, moving from Dimblebyesque authority to a crazed Learlike breakdown, a self-indulgent, unwell despair.
A satire that managed to predict just how powerful a tool populist anger can be when leveraged effectively, it is transformed into the immersive bustle of a TV studio, that of UBS Evening News where old hack Howard Beale – a transcendent performance by Bryan Cranston – has been handed his notice.
Network is enthralling, interpreting a strange story in a slick, fast-moving production that manages to reveal the media’s rather shallow relationship with truth and makes profound statements about the concept of collective action, all the while being true to its original movie roots.
This autumn the National Theatre stages the world-premiere of Network, Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.
Directed by Ivo van Hove, the cast includes Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale, Michelle Dockery as Diana Christenson and Douglas Henshall as Max Schumaker.
British stage and screen actor Douglas Henshall will play Max Schumacher in the world premiere of NETWORK at the National Theatre this autumn.
Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery joins Bryan Cranston in the world stage premiere of Network at the National Theatre.
The girls are funny – and what a joy it is to see a cast made up entirely of young, funny women. The banter and teasing are quick-witted and constant, in a way that feels almost improvised; their language is filthy.
Full cast is announced today for the West End run of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre this May.
Following a critically-acclaimed opening at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, subsequent UK tour and sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre, OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR opens in the West End in May 2017 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Tutu Good To Miss:Five stars and ten tissues as the smash hit musical of a working class boy’s battle to do ballet comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Here the London theatre bloggers discuss Lee Hall’s play with music Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and two more new plays: Adam Brace’s They Drink It in the Congo at the Almeida and 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips at the Globe.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Sheer joy and excitement as Lee (‘Billy Elliot’) Hall adapts book about six convent girls, with miraculous results.
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