Broadway fan favourite musical Be More Chill is to transfer to London to make its UK premiere at The Other Palace, playing from 12 February to 3 May 2020, with press night on 18 February.
It’s been another crazy busy Stagey week. I moved flats, travelled to Chichester, Kilworth, and Dartford, saw five shows, two cabarets, interviewed nine people and had a very early start on Sunday for a day’s filming.
Intricate but not in-your-face Falsettos is a must-see reminder of human love; and a great example of how moving music can be.
If ever there was a triumph of delivery over content, then this first London production of the New York Jewish musical Falsettos is it.
Judging the production at face-value though, Falsettos is well sung, ultra-smart and ultimately gutting. Those who buy a ticket will have plenty to look forward to.
With an influx of Broadway transfers and film/book to movie adaptations dominating the London theatre scene, it’s always wonderful to see new British theatre developing. The Feeling by Kyra Jessica Willis is a good example of this, as it brings social troubles to light in a headstrong way that feels authentically British.
This year’s National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) residency at the Other Palace sees this remarkable theatre company tackle Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, a musical that is as technically demanding as its story is grim and harrowing.
Amélie The Musical will transfer to London’s The Other Palace from 29 November 2019 to 1 February 2020 (press night is 3 December), following its current UK tour and its season premiere at the Watermill in Newbury in April.
Food writer and journalist Nigel Slater tells us about seeing his memoirs brought vividly to life on stage in Toast, bringing food into the theatre and the surprising impact his story has had on audiences.
Carrying on her new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out five of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (8-14 April 2019).
Henry Filloux-Bennett serves up a winning and nostalgic adaptation in Nigel Slater’s Toast that is both heartbreaking, poignant, joyous and funny
“You put the grill on high, and the bread under it. Turn it over half-way through. And then you take it out and scrape it.” That extract from my eight-year-old school essay could just as easily have come from the book and script of Toast, a delightful and fond depiction of food writer Nigel Slater’s formative years.
Smartly adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett, Nigel Slater’s Toast will warm you through without disguising its darker flavours, a satisfying and hearty concoction that sees the world through the eyes of a child.
West End Live Lounge is back at The Other Palace on 10 March 2019 for a celebration of WOMEN. The stellar line up of performers will sings songs from powerful ladies, all whilst raising money for Samaritans. I spoke to founder Shaun McCourt about all things West End Live Lounge…
There’s a reason Showstopper! won an Oliver Award; there’s a reason why this show (which on the tin has the potential to be messy) has been running for near enough 12 years without fail, and that reason is that it’s pure brilliance.
I’ve been watching the Showstopper crew for as long as I’ve been blogging (the King’s Head was a great venue for them), so it’s a real treat to see them constantly move onwards and upwards.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is exactly what it says on the tin, a musical that is created new every night by audience input and the amazing, fast-thinking and uber talented cast. Every show is different and every show is a celebration of the amazing improv performers.
Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are exceptional in all the roles they take on in Murder For Two. Both pianists and triple threats, they charm their way through the story that tries so hard for laughs
The riotous musical comedy Murder for Two is back at The Other Palace Studio for a second season and it has been likened to “Agatha Christie meets The Marx Brothers over a game of Cluedo”
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 30 January 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock joins improv masters of Showstopper! to celebrate 1000 brand-new musicals. Got any questions?