As light as a madeleine and as frivolous as a macaron, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend proves a festive treat at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
This transfer of Soldier On, which has toured the UK and won public and critical acclaim, is a powerful, explosive and compelling piece of storytelling from a former soldier-turned-actor, now director and playwright, Jonathan Guy Lewis.
Soldier On reminds us that, whilst the memory of those conflicts has faded from the front pages, the price is still being paid, the grief and horror of what occurred made new and raw every day by the re-experiencing nightmare of PTSD.
Soldier On is a brave enterprise of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy charity which helps rehabilitate ex-service people through involvement with theatre, and this excellent company is part-military, part-professional actors.
Florian Zeller is a precocious writing talent. The Truth is his third play to enthral London theatregoers in a year. While the French playwright’s breakthrough import The Father reduced some viewers to tears with its poignant and painful depiction of dementia. The Truth, a modern day farce about lies and adultery, brings tears of laughter.
Florian Zeller’s name is fast becoming a byword for gripping, fascinating and often brilliantly funny theatre. Productions of The Mother and The Father have racked up critical raves and when The Truth opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it was greeted with equal fervour.
The Menier, back in spring, brought grave delight and snorts of laughter with this zinger of a play by Florian Zeller; its rapid transfer up West is more than well deserved.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Menier Chocolate Factory Productions today announce the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed production of Florian Zeller’s The Truth following a smash-hit sell out run at the Menier earlier this year, where it broke box office records for a straight play. Lindsay Posner’s production transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre, for a strictly limited 11 week season – opening on 27 June 2016, with previews from 22 June, and runs until 3 September.
After three one-star shows in a row last week, there’s a guaranteed hit opening this week when People, Places and Things transfers from the National.
If you can’t face another panto (oh no you can’t) but want to share a treat with the young, this is one to head for: classic yet daft, constantly playful, even faintly educational if you insist (well, you could discuss Victorian Britain afterwards), and directed with holiday relish by Lucy Bailey.
The family friendly festive fayre at the St James this season is a delightfully performed take on Jules Verne’s classic novel. The stagecraft is ingenious as Verne’s visionary novel is condensed over two hours and acts into a 19th century global panorama.