Based on Simon Callow’s English translation, this version of La Cage aux Folles stays true to the original French text. Callow’s edits and new dialogue has given us a fresh interpretation which is arch and bubbling with hilariously sharp one-liners.
For this third time in the role we are told that Ian McKellen deliberately chose to play it in the intimacy of Chichester’s Minerva last year; here in the West End a reconfiguring of the Duke of York’s maintains much of that atmosphere.
King Lear is the jewel in the crown of Daniel Evans’ opening year as Chichester’s Artistic Director. Ian McKellen is every inch a king in Jonathan Munby’s production that is currently playing a short, sold-out season
As I wrote when the full cast was first announced, “the world is hardly crying for more productions of King Lear, but if you’re going to put it on, you might as well go balls out on some amazing casting”.
Another way of looking at it is that you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince and if this isn’t an outright amphibian, it’s also by no means royalty. Loosely based on a 405 BC play by Aristophanes but sending up Greek comedy at the same, we follow Michael Matus’ Dionysos and his slave Xanthias, played by George Rae, as they journey to Hades.
‘Waiter, have you got frog’s legs?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Well hop over the counter and fetch me a bacon sandwich …’ – is about the only old joke not shoehorned by Nathan Lane into his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s musical The Frogs derived from an Aristophanes tale.
Ever wondered what would happen if Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare had a showdown on who was the most superior writer? Well pay a visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre to see Stephen Sondheim’s quirky but entertaining musical to find out.
Michael Matus and George Rae will play Dionysos and Xanthias in the UK premiere of the latest Broadway version of rarely performed musical Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, an hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane.
Casting – including Evelyn Hoskins and newcomer Michael Shea as Peter – has been announced for the much-anticipated European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, being staged by Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this Christmas, running from 29 November to 31 December 2016, with a press night on 2 December.
My first thought when the folks behind a new musical based on Guy Fawkes tweeted me this morning was: what a great idea for a musical! My second thought was: why hasn’t it been done before? or has it? (My third thought was: Well done, book writer Michael Matus. I had no idea that Michael, an […]