The Park Theatre has been absolutely buzzing with two sell-out shows, including in Park 90, Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which has nearly sold out the rest of its run too. What’s the secret alchemy between Wright and his director Rikki Beadle-Blair?
Tom Wright’s My Dad’s Gap Year, a new play about gender fluidity and family love, has some good moments.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Thursday 7 February 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to London’s Park Theatre for the world premiere of new comedy My Dad’s Gap Year. Got any questions?
When you see around 200 different shows, you’re bound to come across a few duff ones, but I’m pleased to say that nearly all of the bad shows I saw can be found in this post.
This is possibly one of the most frustrating productions to hit the stage in 2017 so far. Stewart Permutt has created a play about two opposing people and focusing how while they are different on the surface – underneath both are equally insecure but somehow neither character’s stories feel remotely finished.
If, as she says, Corrie and EastEnders veteran Michelle Collins wants to shed her ‘soap actress’ image, she needs to find bolder challenges than Stewart Permutt’s comic but empty two-hander A Dark Night in Dalston.
Stewart Permutt’s new play is billed as a comedy and indeed director Tim Stark, interviewed in the programme notes as, describes the work as “very, very funny”. The trouble is, it isn’t very funny at all.
Ex-EastEnder Michelle Collins stars in haunting, if slightly flawed, account of belief and loneliness.
Former nurse Gina couldn’t help it, she just had to help Gideon when she found him dazed and wounded on her Dalston doorstep. And he just had to stay in her flat when it turned dark because it’s Friday and he’s Jewish and he can’t take the train all the way back to Stanmore on shabbat.
Pop quiz. Hum a song from Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is at the Playhouse until Saturday. Aha, Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen’s title number. Very good. And?
Park Theatre’s new Spring Summer 2017 season features an array of new writing across both spaces including several world premiere comedies together with the long-awaited European premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Braodway hit Chinglish, an acclaimed musical revival of Jonathan Larson’s tick tick BOOM! and an all-male staging of A Clockwork Orange.
There’s an aura of timeless quality that pervades the touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, currently in its second week at Wimbledon. Ian Fleming’s wonderfully imaginative tale, so quintessentially English, married to the universal appeal of the Sherman Brothers’ songs has made for a 20th century fairy tale that ranks alongside the classics.
CLAIRE SWEENEY TO PLAY BARONNESS BOMBURST
IN THE 2016-17 UK AND IRELAND TOUR OF
THE SHERMAN BROTHERS’ CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
FROM 3 AUGUST 2016
Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shaun Williamson join the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on tour.
This cast launching the tour has had some changes since leaving the Yorkshire Playhouse where the show was resident over Christmas. I believe they have had just three performances together and whilst there were a couple of times that this showed, along with slight technical issues with “Chitty” neither detracted from the enjoyment of the show.
The stage version of the iconic 1968 British film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is not awful. Much-loved songs by the Sherman Brothers and the sensational sets coupled with stunning special effects make for an entertaining experience. Oh, and there is a flying car.
Pictures from the rehearsal room just released…. Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.
Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016. Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.