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A Pair Of New Assassins At The Menier

In London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Sting’s The Last Ship closed on Broadway last night, after a disappointing run of just over 100 performances since it opened on October 26. At the final performance, he gave a moving curtain speech in which he said:

’Before we take our final bow, I feel it’s incumbent on me to say something. I’m not sure I’ll get through it without breaking down. I need to be a better actor, but I will try. There’s no point in pretending [this] is not incredibly emotional. I think I can speak for all of us onstage, not least because there are so many parallels between the closing of a play and the closing of a shipyard. Some of the lines that we were saying as actors are so appropriate to our lives, just as they’re appropriate to the lives of the shipyard workers fighting for their livelihood.

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My theatre diary: The Distance, Electra, Lord of the Flies, Urinetown, Next Fall

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Having escaped back to Mallorca for a week (god, I love that place, my little piece of heaven), there are at least two weeks of theatre I want to catch up with. My must-see list just keeps growing and growing and has, more accurately become, a might-see list … if I can find a mammoth […]

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Spoiler alert: My favourite Forbidden Broadway spoofs

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Forbidden Broadway was just what the doctor ordered for me the other night – I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. The renowned Broadway institution (going since 1982) has been slightly Anglicised and specially tailored for the West End in 2014 – Cameron Mackintosh, Elaine Paige, Robert Lindsay and revivals of Evita and Cats be warned (you’re […]

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Review: Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Before I switched from French to Theatre Studies at uni, I had to study the 18th century novel Candide. Although I can’t now completely recall the complex plot and only vaguely recall that its satire is based on sending up the coming-of-age Bildungsroman and picaresque or melodramatic novels of the period, I do remember that […]

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Review: Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Before I switched from French to Theatre Studies at uni, I had to study the 18th century novel Candide. Although I can’t now completely recall the complex plot and only vaguely recall that its satire is based on sending up the coming-of-age Bildungsroman and picaresque or melodramatic novels of the period, I do remember that […]

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Review: The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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The first thing that blasts you in the Menier Chocolate Factory is the newly-installed air conditioning, long overdue and a good way to spend the profits from their chain of West End transfers: now even the itchy seats aren’t so scratchy. The second is John Doyle’s breathtaking diagonal set and thrust stage, which must take […]

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Review: The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

The first thing that blasts you in the Menier Chocolate Factory is the newly-installed air conditioning, long overdue and a good way to spend the profits from their chain of West End transfers: now even the itchy seats aren’t so scratchy. The second is John Doyle’s breathtaking diagonal set and thrust stage, which must take […]

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Review: Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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I thought I’d read Travels with My Aunt at school. But thanks to a two-hour sidetrack through the glorious website We Can Read It For You Wholesale I find (a) I’m confusing it with Our Man in Havana, Greene’s other light comic globetrotting novel with a geopolitical view gleaned from his years as a junior agent […]

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Review: Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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I thought I’d read Travels with My Aunt at school. But thanks to a two-hour sidetrack through the glorious website We Can Read It For You Wholesale I find (a) I’m confusing it with Our Man in Havana, Greene’s other light comic globetrotting novel with a geopolitical view gleaned from his years as a junior agent […]

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Review: Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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“I was made to read it at school,” said a man in the bar afterwards. “Well,” snapped his wife “now you’ve had it read to you by three actors.” In a way, she’s right: one of the chaps plays a sort of general factotum but the staging of Travels With My Aunt depends on the […]

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Review: Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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It seems a lifetime ago. That sunlit gay upland when all the community had to worry about what what colour Lacoste shirt to don for tonight’s bar hopping, and whether Donna Summer would release an extended mix of “I Feel Love”. Although claiming an honourable place in the canon of ‘gay theatre’ of the last […]

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Review: A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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With the Whingers to a Sunday matinee of ‘A Little Night Music’ in its Trevor Nunn reincarnation at the Menier Chocolate Factory theatre, auditorium neatly reoriented from the womblike velvet tunnel structure for Cage aux Folles to something resembling a miniaturised hexagon, pre-theatre lunch nicely presented, seats now numbered and reserved, toilets clean, doors to […]

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Review: La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Curtain almost up!!! Light some of the lights!!! Technical difficulties caused some hilarity at La Cage aux Folles, relocated temporarily to the suitably French-sounding Menier Chocolate Factory, on the Rive Gauche beside the Pont de Londres … but somehow the joie de vivre and ooh-la-la were left at the bottom of the costume skip which […]

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