The psychology of Blithe Spirit snaps convincingly into place in Richard Eyre’s production while at the same time it fully utilises every opportunity to make the audience laugh.
Here’s LLLC’s weekly guide to some of the shows you might want to book tickets for includes The Wedding Singer at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre:, Endgame at the Old Vic and The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre.
A review of Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn currently at Richmond Theatre . Still has resonance.
Mind the Blog has a fairly wide-ranging wish list of things I hope to see, including major shows such as Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Magic Goes Wrong, Uncle Vanya and the Jamie Lloyd Company residency at the Playhouse Theatre.
At Snow White at Richmond Theatre the stars are big and – evident from the multitude of advertising and glitzy theatrical splendour – so is the budget.
Inevitably writers will gravitate to the world they most often inhabit and about which they can speak with a degree of authority whether that be professionally, publically or privately.
Still Alice is a sharply observed, bold and courageous portrait that captures the bravery of one woman’s battle against a malevolent and unrelenting disease.
Overall, while the show has its own charm and is sweetly nostalgic, the sad thing is it doesn’t have enough substance to capture the attention for the two hours.
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em is absolute pandemonium and a riot from beginning to end. Don’t miss one of the funniest stage shows in years.
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 Shared Experience and Theatre By the Lake production really throws everything at this vibrant and joyous production which makes the most of the playful and silliness of Shakespeare’s play.
Awful Auntie, the award-winning novel by David Walliams, has hit the stage at the Richmond Theatre, combining the craft of the theatre with the art of great storytelling.
Due to popular demand, further dates have been added to the UK tour of the first ever stage production of the classic 1970s TV comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. The newly announced 2018 dates are Richmond Theatre (5 – 10 March), Royal & Derngate, Northampton (30 April – 5 May), The Hawth, Crawley (21 – 26 May), Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells …
In Wait Until Dark, the real tour de force is Karina Jones, who herself was registered blind at the age of 13.
I’ve said this lots of times before but you can’t spoof a spoof – when written in 1885 The Mikado was already a parody, satirising British Imperial politics and institutions by transposing them to a fictionalised Japan, and lampooning the fashion for orientalism.
The sheer fatigue of two shows a day is lifted by the interaction with the audience. Thinking on your feet, adding topical jokes reacting to their reactions is energising.
My first pantomime of the season and what a start it was! I have not had the pleasure of watching a pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty, before, but this was a delight from beginning to end.
Revival of Alan Bennett’s classic double bill about the Cambridge Spies is resonant, but only takes off in the second half.
Set in 1942 this National tour of Terence Rattigan‘s wartime masterpiece is celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE day and is drawn from Rattigan’s own experiences of his RAF days of which he is pictured in the program, which incidentally makes for a fascinating read for all ages. With such a stellar cast as this, it was bound to be a fitting tribute to a historic time.
Richmond Theatre, London
Music and lyrics by The Bee GeesBook adapted by Robert Stigwood and Bill OakesDirected by Ryan McBryde
When ‘Saturday Night Fever’ hit the screen in the UK in 1978 it had the country eating out of the palm of its hand. John Travolta’s Tony Manero, powered by the Bee Gee’s inimitable disco pulse had girls wanting him and guys wanting to be him. Robert Stigwood’s dance fuelled vision dripped with the illusory seduction of the 2001 Odyssey nightclub’s neon that offered a weekly escape from urban mundanity to Manero and his buddies. On the Richmond Theatre’s stage however, Ryan McBryde’s version of the show is perhaps a touch too dark and raw for a story that craves light and glamour.
In his programme notes McBryde describes Saturday Night Fever as “gritty, complex and uncompromising”. With a plot that includes heartbreak, financial struggle and suicide all set to such a popular and uplifting score, its inevitable that a credible staging will prove challenging. That said, McBryde has assembled a strong company of actor-musician performers. The economy of the actor-muso format serves the show well, offering a strong sense of energy and vibrancy in the more up tempo numbers, while equally giving the darker songs a real raw and honest edge, notably in Tragedy sung by Alex Lodge as Bobby C.
Saturday Night Fever demands a fine leading man and Danny Bayne’s Manero provides the show’s driving energy. Bayne’s performance as the arrogant yet sensitive Manero, complete with flawless dancing is worth the ticket price alone and he handles his solo numbers with flair. Elsewhere, Bethany Linsdell as the love struck Annette whose early rendition of If I Can’t Have You offers just a glimpse of the singer’s talent as she makes fine work of the Yvonne Elliman classic.
Throughout, Andrew Wright’s well engineered choreography excites, suggesting both the glitzy pizzazz and the emotional turmoil of growing up in New York city in the last century.
Above all the show makes for an entertaining night out. Many of us remember the movie (it was my first ever sneaked-into “x certificate”) when the Bee Gees’ sound defined an era. The middle aged will love the nostalgia – whilst a younger audience can absorb the sounds of a generation, performed magnificently by their peers.
Runs until 28th March 2015, then plays in Cardiff
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