If you’re a theatre fan then I’m sure you’ve heard of Idina Menzel. The last time she played the glorious Royal Albert Hall, she was known among the theatre community for creating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked but since then has reached a stratospheric level of fame.
Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall in January 2018 with OVO, which comes to the UK for the first time.
Nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards will be announced on Monday 6 March 2017, ahead of the ceremony, which moves from the Royal Opera House to the 5272-seat Royal Albert Hall, on Sunday 9 April 2017. Further plans have for this year’s awards campaign have also been announced today…
I didn’t realise quite what a tradition this concert is for some people as witnessed by the level of tinsel, fairy lights, and light-up Christmas jumpers and hats on display, Jingle Bell Christmas was an unexpected delight in its unashamedly retro way, a concert made up of Christmas pop hits from yore.
Nearly twenty years ago, I went to my first Cirque du Soleil show in New York. A young teenager and already obsessed with theatre and performance, I was blown away by the colour and spectacle, having never seen anything like it before in the fourteen years that I’d been on this earth. I have no concrete memories of the show, just flashes of light and colour, and feeling impressed. I looked forward to see if Amaluna, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, would live up to my juvenile memories.
I’ve had ten days in London between a holiday in Gran Canaria and heading to New York — and have been to fifteen shows. But I’m finally giving up on going to live concerts.
Critics are in a mad rush all over town at the moment to keep up with the flood of openings. Just the other night Michael Billington was telling me that he’s got a straight run of 10 openings to cover, night after night. The Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings told me just yesterday that he’s got 20 consecutive theatre trips in his diary (he usually does three or four a week).
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