Based on the iconic 1952 musical film featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain has both a great pedigree and a lot to live up to. Now touring after successful runs in Chichester and at Sadler’s Wells, this joyous show taking affectionate aim at the moment the movies learned to talk is both a homage to its source and an entertaining show in its own right.
Find out what critics have had to say about Nick Winston’s production of The Wedding Singer based on the 1990s film with LLLC’s review round up…
The full cast has been announced for The Wedding Singer starring Kevin Clifton which will play a strictly limited season at the newly opened Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 30 January until 1 March 2020.
In The Unbuilt City, a young man and an old woman meet in the house where she has lived since childhood. At first it is difficult to imagine two characters so utterly unlike each other and with so little in common.
Sandra Dickinson spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about her upcoming role in The Unbuilt City, playing at the King’s Head Theatre from the 6 to the 30 June 2018.
Why did Lee call his American producers in alarm when he first met Sandra Dickinson? What do Sandra and Lucille Ball have in common? Are Lee and Matthew Scott related? What would Lucy herself tell Lee if she were in the audience?
Revival is a strange word. It suggests something rescued from its deathbed and shocked into fresh vigour by an infusion of talent, or money, or inspiration. In the case of I Loved Lucy, the corpse seems retrieved from the morgue only to die again in public.
Lee Tannen’s play about his friendship with Lucille Ball is filled with many wonderful stories about her career and life – but also reveals a comedienne and actress who became increasingly vulnerable as she grew older, brought to wonderful life through the direction of Anthony Biggs.
Just transferred from the Jermyn Street theatre to the Arts Theatre, I Loved Lucy is an autobiographical play, adapted from Lee Tannen’s memoirs about his relationship with cultural icon, Lucille Ball. A massive fan of the comedy star, Tannen uses obscure family ties to meet and form a friendship with Lucy.
As wonderful as Matthew is, the evening really belongs to Sandra Dickinson. She really is Lucy. The voice, the mannerisms and the highly infectious laugh are all there.
Have you got your tickets yet for the return of Lee Tannen’s Mates-acclaimed play I LOVED LUCY? Sneak a peek at our rehearsal shots of Sandra Dickinson (reprising her role as Lucille Ball) and Broadway’s Matthew Scott – plus rarely seen colour footage of the real Lucille Ball in action – and then get booking!
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the author, director and stars of Lee Tannen’s hit bio-play I LOVED LUCY, returning for a third London season by popular demand, after the performance at the Arts Theatre Wednesday 26 July 2017. Got any questions?
Lee Tannen’s personal, funny, bittersweet play I Loved Lucy about his 10-year relationship with TV comedy legend Lucille Ball is to transfer to London’s Arts Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season from 19 July to 2 September 2017
Written by Lee Tannen, this is his story of his friendship with Lucille Ball and principally the last ten years of her life. Lucille (Lucy) Ball is arguably the most famous female American comedian that has ever been. She was in over one hundred films and then went on to be a household name whilst hosting her own “sit-com”.
What do you call a biographical play which is as unquestioning in its adoration of its star subject as it is blinded by self-obsessed camp homosexual fandom? Is there a genre called fag-hagiography? There is now.
I Loved Lucy is Lee Tannen’s “autobiographical” biography of the final chapters of Lucille Ball’s life. An age gap of 40 years separated Ball and Tannen, who had been a devoted fan of America’s favourite TV comedienne since his very young childhood.
Another week has passed and somehow I still haven’t been to the theatre (damn that day job!), but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole heap of theatre news to excite us all. Here are few of my favourite stories
from the past seven days, covering shows including: Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Red Velvet, The Caretaker and more…