First of all let’s say that Andrew Scott is a marvel in Present Laughter, a 21st century Ur-Coward hero, who manages to do it without either the matey crassness lately inflicted on the part by Rufus Hound, or that retro, clipped Cowardspeak which echoes the Master too much.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for this revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laugher now playing at the Old Vic Theatre.
Noël Coward would have thoroughly approved of Andrew Scott’s gloriously outrageous turn as ageing matinée idol, Garry Essendine, in The Old Vic’s reinvention of Present Laughter.
The Old Vic’s production of Present Laughter finally feels as though we’re shaking off some of the restraints that have shackled Noel Coward to the past.
The Old Vic today has announced that Matthew Warchus will direct Andrew Scott in Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, opening on 25 June 2019, with previews from 17 June. The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.
The notion that Michael Fentiman’s The Importance of Being Earnest has ruffled a few feathers by daring to do something different, plus the kind of casting that I could never resist, meant that I had to see for myself.
In Michael Fentiman’s strictly period production, it’s hard to see what we’re meant to care about, and what is supposed to resonate with us. It’s a pleasant enough thing, but there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about it.
Michael Fentiman’s production of Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy is the final production in Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, running until 20 October 2018 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
Classic Spring’s Wilde Season has been a huge success and this is a joyous, irreverent and enjoyable production to finish the run.
The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre is great fun. Though I can’t think what Oscar’s audience would have said about Algy pinching Jack’s bum.
Classic Spring has announced that Fiona Button (Cecily Cardew) and Stella Gonet (Miss Prism) have been cast in Michael Fentiman’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October 2018, press night is 2 August), with Pippa Nixon replacing Sinead Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax.
Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London’s Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October, press night is 2 August).
On Sunday 6 November 2016, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair will be performed for the first time on the London stage as a symphonic concert by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra under director Thom Southerland at Cadogan Hall.
This week the London theatre bloggers – including syndicate Mates Laura Kressly and Johnny Fox – discuss Guys & Dolls, Jim Broadbent in A Christmas Carol and the culmination of the RSC’s King & Country cycle.
This is a revisit, to a partly recast Chichester show: and I must admit I had qualms about losing that generosity, that overflowing vigour you get with the classic musicals on the Festival Theatres’ great three-sided arena. Back in the retro, ornate proscenium world of the Savoy I feared it would be somehow constrained by the square magnificence. And, not least, whether the amazing 3D choreography by Andrew Wright and Carlos Acosta would feel cramped.
Spectacular dancing enlivens evergreen chestnut Guys and Dolls in this solid new production.
It is a sound idea that has seen Chichester Festival Theatre send their acclaimed 2014 production of Guys and Dolls on the road. The UK tour that commenced in Manchester in November last year is now making a three-month stop at London’s Savoy and it proves fun to re-visit some of this productions more inspired moments
The 2016 West End season got off to a rollicking start this week with Wednesday’s opening of Guys and Dolls, the latest Chichester Festival transfer to the Savoy Theatre, which follows fast on the heels of the last CFT transfer of another Broadway musical revival, Gypsy. It was a surprisingly star-studded, red carpet affair for the first week in January.
History-Boy-made-good Jamie Parker is beyond excellent, refining Sky Masterson with a crisp intelligence and occasional glimpses of hesitant motive and the inner workings of a genuinely three dimensional character that completely escaped Brando in the movie.
Full casting is announced for the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls, which will open at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited 13 week run from 10 December 2015. Joining Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, are David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls will see Sophie Thompson and David Haig perform together for the first time since their comic pairing as bride and groom, Lydia and Bernard, in the British smash hit film, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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