Wooof! The OAT’s new show 101 Dalmatians, bounding and cavorting along under the direction of that amiable alfresco showman Timothy Sheader, rolls over (with quite a lot of success) to make you give it a tummy-rub and fondle its ears.
It’s third time lucky for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and 101 Dalmatians which is billed as a new musical. Given that it should have premiered two years ago – and then one year ago (thanks, Covid) – that claim is slightly dubious but as it hasn’t actually graced the stage before I guess the assertion still holds.
We chatted to Peta Swindall, executive director of the Little Angel Puppet Theatre, about plans for the theatre’s 60th anniversary year…
Melly Still’s reworking of April De Angelis’ adaptation of My Brilliant Friend gives the show both a flowing and episodic quality as the interior monologue of the protagonist in the books is replaced by fully dramatised scenes.
The Four Seasons: Reimagined is a beautiful and accessible performance, somewhere between mime, dance and theatrical epic.
A stage musical of Pinocchio sounds like a brilliant idea, but all the magical stagecraft in the world cannot save a show if the book is weak.
After choosing in 2016 to focus on Shakespeare (in the 400th anniversary of his death), I went completely different this year and made it my mission to learn more about, and see more shows featuring, puppets.
Award-winning John Tiffany directs, bringing to life a show that has been in his thoughts for several years now – he’s joined on the team by long-standing collaborator Bob Crowley, as well as Toby Olié as puppet director.
The Grinning Man may not be suitable for children (it has an age limit of 12 years), and it’s certainly not a Christmas show in any way, but within the grotesque world that Grose, Morris, Teitler and Phillips create there is a rare and genuine theatre magic.
Gothic musical The Grinning Man transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 1 for an open-ended from 5 December 2017. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 11 October 2017.
The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park announces its summer 2016 season, including a new Michael Morpurgo puppet adaptation, a return of Shakespeare and a Park debut for Andrew Lloyd Webber.