For me, it’s this ongoing decision to keep Rita, Sue and Bob Too performed as a comedy more than a drama that is at the heart of its problem. This should be a play of tiny tragedies.
This play brims with warmth and humour by focusing more on resilience and acceptance, than abandonment and loss.
Seeing is believing, isn’t that what “they” say? Well, I’d certainly agree when it comes to the performance of Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra. Every characteristic of old blue eyes is there and the sound is phenomenal. It really is uncanny, a truly astonishing performance.
There is much to enjoy in this close quarters examination of one short-lived relationship from the highs of its beginning, to the regrets and recriminations that marks its end.
All generations must have their superheroes; for children in the 1980s, tea-time television presented awe-struck audiences with the adventures of Bananaman, a particularly dim-witted super-hero who started life on the back pages of the DC Thomson comic, Nutty.
Hypatia Tarleton (Marli Siu) is a young woman in demand. She’s beautiful and intelligent, spirited and a little fiery. And her father is also filthy rich.
So, how was your Christmas then? If you’re like me, your thoughts will already be turning to 2018 and all those good intentions you’re going to put into practice.
The Chuckle Brothers were the perfect foil for Craig Revel-Horwood’s evil Queen Lucretia who was sexy, sultry, evil and really rather beautiful with a powerful singing voice.
The Grinning Man is an astonishing piece of theatre which will appeal to anyone with an appetite for an entertainment which is piquant, curious, original and just a little bit macabre.
I’m not usually crazy about rankings and hierarchy in the creative arts so, please, see this as more of a summary of all the shows that really shook me. Except for the Number One. I’m all about cheerleading that star at the top of my own personal Christmas tree. But I loved each of these shows and, if you caught them, I hope you did too.
As another year passes it’s time to reflect on this years theatre trips. There have been some massive openings this year, a few well-deserved West End transfers and as always a few little gems Off-West End.
This production twists the Cinderella story a little too far for younger audiences who would be more suited to the traditional fairy tale version by Sir Frederick Ashton. As expected this is an incredibly innovative show with a nostalgic tribute to the war years and the silver screen. There are fun and imaginative touches from start to finish.
The play is performed in The Site, round the back at the Royal Court, a place you enter after walking through various staged abstract scenes – a lot filled with Christmas trees, a run-down gym, a deserted animal enclosure at a zoo, and two men muttering over the outline of a murder victim on the ground in front of them.
I am no Hamilton aficionado. I knew remarkably little about the show before I sat down in my seat in the Grand Circle. I didn’t even know a single song, let alone have the cast recording on repeat.
I know I’m late to the party with Follies but what can I do? Such was the demand for tickets that I only finally saw it a few days ago. But, my god, was it worth the wait, or what.
It is a rare occurrence indeed to see an audience as happy, as involved, and as diverse as the one that sat with me to watch Barber Shop Chronicles at the NT. What a glorious show. Such dynamism, energy, and an array of fantastic performances.
Robert Lindsay is sublime as Scrooge and throughout the evening delivered some delicate comic moments and gestures without ever detracting from his impeccable and endearing characterisation.
Are you a fan of Victorian melodrama? Are you a fan of Musicals? And finally, are you a fan of the work of ’The Lord’ – you know who I mean? If you can answer yes to at least two of these, then get yourself down to the Charing Cross Theatre where they are staging a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.
Satori is a Buddhist term, meaning enlightenment. Polunin begins in First Solo and then the rest of the evening he is joined by a stellar international line up including the Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a truly spectacular score. There are three ballet versions this season in London alone. ENB have brought their production to the Mayflower, before heading home to the vast London Coliseum stage.