Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, just off the Hammersmith Bridge, Pooh Bear goes on search of some ‘hunny’ and has a host of adventures with his friends in Winnie the Pooh: The Musical at Riverside Studios. Heading across the pond for a musical extravaganza created by Jonathan Rockefeller, we follow Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl in a technically-slick show for little ones.
‘It was crying out to be turned into a big, silly, glittery musical’: Felix Hagan & Zoë Roberts on the West End transfer of Operation Mincemeat
Recently crowned winners of the Best Musical Production at the Off West End Awards, SpitLip is set to move their hit show Operation Mincemeat to the West End for a limited run this spring; they take over at the Fortune Theatre, following The Woman In Black‘s haunting 33-year run.
‘Has humour & heart’: DAVID COPPERFIELD – Riverside Studios
As adaptations go, they don’t come a lot more ambitious than Simon Reade’s reimagining of David Copperfield at Riverside Studios. The semi-autobiographical novel by Charles Dickens is known for its expansive cast of characters, and this production sees all of them played by just three actors.
‘A rare dark delight’: We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Croissants – Riverside Studios ★★★★
As it turns out, Jemma Kahn’s We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Croissants, the South African, multi-authored one woman riff on the Seven Deadly Sins, offers rather more than just a whimsical comic title and a series of outrageous pull quotes.
‘It’s like you establish a playful volley together’: Jemma Kahn shares her storytelling in We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants
Emma Clarendon chatted to Jemma Kahn about bringing We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants to the Riverside Studios.
‘A confident, well-crafted debut play beautifully acted’: BLOODY DIFFICULT WOMEN – Riverside Studios
Bloody Difficult Women is a gripping and fascinating play based on the real-life case of Gina Miller, who in 2016 brought an action against Theresa May’s government that forced it to get parliamentary approval before invoking Article 50 to leave the EU.
‘A bit of Hollywood has come to Hammersmith’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios
Inspired by Peter Evans’ biography, released after Ava Gardner’s death, Elizabeth McGovern stars as the actress in the last years of her life, living in London.
‘Elizabeth McGovern is excellent as Ava through the ages’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios
On the anniversary of Hollywood legend Ava Gardner’s death, she lived again in the form of Elizabeth McGovern, whose play AVA: The Secret Conversations has now opened at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios.
‘Elizabeth McGovern captures the mercurial complexities of Ava Gardner’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios
Beautiful, sexy and luminous are words most associated with Hollywood starlets of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and indeed they were, but they were also talented and savvy movie actors who commanded the screen.
NEWS: Covid-enforced absences result in the cancellation of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of The Browning Version
Due to an increasing number of Covid-enforced absences, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company/Fiery Angel new production of Terence Rattigan’s play The Browning Version, due to play at London’s Riverside Studios from 5-29 August 2021, has had to be cancelled.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Happy Days at Riverside Studios
We round up the reviews for Trevor Nunn’s 60th anniversary revival of Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days.
‘One of the most absorbing & significant plays every written’: HAPPY DAYS – Riverside Studios
Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is, as Lisa Dwan observes, often described as ‘the female Hamlet’. Dwan has played every other female Beckett lead but even she was intimidated by a role previously inhabited by Peggy Ashcroft, Brenda Bruce, Fiona Shaw and Juliet Stevenson, among others. It is understandable. Happy Days, first performed in 1961, is a mighty play, and 60 years later still unlike anything you’ve seen.
NEWS: Trevor Nunn directs Lisa Dwan in anniversary production of Happy Days at Riverside Studios
Anthology Theatre, in association with Riverside Studios, presents the 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. Trevor Nunn directs Lisa Dwan as Winnie, continuing their collaboration following Eh Joe at Jermyn Street Theatre.
New post-show Q&A: Join Terri & Robert Bathurst for Love, Loss & Chianti
I’m excited to raise a toast to Robert Bathurst and the team behind poetry-inspired Love, Loss & Chianti – and to pay my first visit to the new, purpose-built home for iconic London arts centre Riverside Studios.
‘Two exceptional pieces of work naturally come together’: LOVE, LOSS & CHIANTI – Riverside Studios ★★★★
Director Jason Morell brings distinctly different performance elements together, to create the perfect homage to Christopher Reid’s art in Love, Loss and Chianti.
Best of the Blogs: Upstart Crow, The Prince Of Egypt, Macbeth & more
In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 1 March 2020), ranging from Love London Love Culture’s thoughts on David Mitchell’s West End debut in the stage adaptation of TV favourite Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre.
‘Brings Christopher Reid’s words to glorious life’: LOVE, LOSS & CHIANTI – Riverside Studios
Love, Loss & Chianti brings together two collected works of poetry by Christopher Reid. First up is Scatterings, a collection he wrote after the death of his wife, which brings to life his grief in heartbreaking detail.
Best of the Blogs: The Sugar Syndrome, Persona, Sold & Blithe Spirit
In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 2 February 2020), ranging from Ian Foster’s praise of the Orange Tree Theatre’s fine revival of Lucy Prebble’s first play The Sugar Syndrome.
’A transition from screen to theatre done right’: PERSONA – Riverside Studios ★★★★★
The evocative music synergises well with the poetic narration in Persona and adds emphasis to important plot points, while also giving a sense of pressure and entrapment.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Persona at Riverside Studios
Find out what critics made of this stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film, Persona, officially reopening the Riverside Studios.
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