Knowing that the whole run at St James Theatre to celebrate Rent’s 20th anniversary is sold out, I felt incredibly privileged to be able to see it. However, it made me question just why was this particular production so popular?
The year is rapidly coming to a close. But before it does, there are more great shows to see in the lead up to Christmas. Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in December 2016
For those that don’t know this is a two-hander musical telling the story of a married couple from each of their own prospective. However the difference being is that each of them start from the opposite end and work their way back/forward of The Last Five Years.
Opening with two lovers sharing a kiss, for Samantha Barks’ Cathy, an aspiring actress it is her tragic last, while for writer Jamie, played by Jonathan Bailey, it is a trepidatious first.
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from October 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
In a non-stop performance of virtuoso theatre, The Pianist of Willesden Lane sees Mona Golabek, an accomplished American concert pianist, pay the most remarkable of tributes to her late mother Lisa Jura.
We meet the Bottom Brothers (Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti), two playwrights continually frustrated with living in Shakespeare’s shadow. Nick Bottom is desperate, just for once, to trump the Bard at writing…
Dave Hanson’s US comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot is brought to life in Mark Bell’s UK premiere production, which runs at the St James Theatre until 24 September 2016. It tells the story of two understudies who occupy their time backstage pondering art, life, theatre and their place in it. What have critics been saying about it?
If Waiting For Godot is the last word in the absurdity of the human condition, this play is its hilarious epilogue. Starring The Fast Show’s Simon Day, Dave Hanson’s Waiting For Waiting For Godot is as deep as the work it riffs off while never losing sight of its two main characters.
The second run of The Pianist of Willesden Lane is now booking until 22 October 2016. It has also been confirmed that a gala performance in aid of World Jewish Relief will take place on 13 September. Originally scheduled to end on 16 October, an additional six performances have been added to the run of Hershey Felder’s production due to popular demand.
The bank holiday is behind us and it’s goodbye to summer. The consolation is a jam-packed autumn theatre season. Here are a few of the most notable London openings this month that you should keep an eye out for…
Love a great musical? Then here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to must-see musicals of the month!
Sadly, there are some great shows that are closing in the capital, so here is your final opportunity to catch them while they are in the city (except for the first three which finished this past weekend!) How many have you seen already?…
behaviour. So, in-keeping with listing the seven deadly sins, I’m going to list my seven favourite things about this show.
Corruption, greed, love and the courage to stand up for your convictions are just some of the themes that run through this surprisingly vicious musical that knows how to pack a punch.
The Fast Show’s Simon Day will star alongside The Play That Goes Wrong alumni Laura Kirman and James Marlowe in the European premiere of Dave Hanson’s hit Off-Broadway comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot, running at London’s St James Theatre Studio from 30 August to 24 September 2016. My Theatre Mates co-founder Terri Paddock hosts a post-show Q&A with the cast on Monday 5 September 2016.
Happy Independence Day to our American friends. As we charge headlong into July, here are a few hot show openings this month that you need to keep an eye out for: American Idiot, Blanc de Blanc, Exposure, Groundhog Day, How the Other Half Loves and I’m Getting My Act Together…
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Ralph Fiennes in Richard III at the Almeida, Mike Bartlett’s test play Wild at Hampstead and the stage version of Sideways at St James Theatre.
Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will helm a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years, playing at St. James Theatre from Friday 27 October 2016, with a press night on Wednesday 2 November at 7.00pm. Tickets are on general sale at 10.00am on Saturday 25 June.
After opening at Theatr Clwyd for a limited season from 21 October to 12 November 2016, RENT will go on a three-week tour, prior to a Christmas season at London’s St James Theatre from 8 December 2016 to 28 January 2017, with a national press night on Tuesday 13 December 2016. 2017 tour dates are to be announced. The new production will be directed by Bruce Guthrie.