After multiple extensions and an endorsement from Stephen Schwartz himself, Pippin must finish at London’s Charing Cross Theatre this Sunday. We checked in with the show’s stars ahead of their final performances. Last chance to book!
Alex Lodge has joined the cast of Steven Dexter’s hit immersive production of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. We caught up with Lodge to find out what the show means to him and how excited he is to be back onstage with an awe-inspiring cast.
After an avalanche of critical raves, Steven Dexter’s ‘glorious’, ‘incredible’, ‘truly inspiring’ immersive production of Pippin has extended its limited season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre until 3 October 2021. Catch up on the reviews here. Time to get booking!
Regular readers will know that I like nothing more than seeing shows I’ve already seen and loved again… and again. As a critic, you see shows under specific circumstances — as invited by the production.
This bright and colourful production of the musical Pippin at the Charing Cross Theatre is dazzling to watch – even if the story feels a bit flimsy.
This pared-down version of Pippin, now upping the cast size to eight members, reclaims the show again and reignites it with the spirit of the 60s when it was originally conceived and first produced by composer Stephen Schwartz when he was still a student at Carnegie Mellon in 1967.
The week began with Andrew Lloyd Webber being mentioned by Boris Johnson, as he extended the lockdown from the originally hoped-for ‘Freedom Day’ of 21 June to 19 July, at which point theatres may be able to reopen without social distancing in place;
I’ve launched a brand-new weekly podcast, called ShenTen, in which I will countdown my personal top tens in different theatrical categories.
We round up the reviews for Steven Dexter’s production of the musical Pippin, now playing at the Garden Theatre in Vauxhall.
The big question is whether the big sound of Pippin translates to an outdoor space on the edge of the Vauxhall one way system. The answer is a resounding yes.
The terrific cast of triple threats make the bittersweet, upbeat and consistently enjoyable musical Pippin at the Garden Theatre a must see.
Tickets for 12 performances of Pippin, the second production at the new South London outdoor venue The Garden Theatre at The Eagle pub in Kennington, sold out in less than 72 hours. Now producers have put another eight dates on sale from 22-27 September 2020.
Waitress opens in the West End this week and I grabbed a rare, brief opportunity to chat with the musical’s Tony-winning director Diane Paulus about the show.
As we continue our feature series in the lead up to Iwan Lewis’ major new, social media-focused production of Simon Stephens’ One Minute, let’s catch you up on other developments at the newly opened Barn Theatre in Cirencester, which has got Mates co-founders Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton so excited. Have you seen the news about the Barn’s recent recruiting coup?
I want to like the fantasy and the colours of Pippin, to totally give in to the world of the play, but its problems are too many. Though I’m likely to be the humming the opening number for at least the next fortnight.
Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s musical transfers to London from Manchester. Here’s a guide to what critics have had to say about the musical’s Southwark Playhouse run… WhatsOnStage: ***** “a gorgeous piece of theatre: endlessly inventive, the magic tricks are up close and real, William Whelton’s Fosse-style choreography is often breathtaking, Maeve Black’s garishly… Read More
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This Pippin is one of those productions rarely seen on the fringe. It captures the sparkle of Broadway, transporting it to south London in a whirl of unmissable musical theatre.
What shafts this production of Pippin royally in its fishnet and suspender-clad buttocks is its slavishly dated adherence to Fosse style costume and choreography as though no other interpretation could flatter the music or illuminate the story.
For a mystical, magical, mystical, whimsical show that will surprise, make sure you get along to the Southwark Playhouse for the limited run of Pippin.
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