Noisy fun is to be had in the touring Dracula at the King’s, in a production that lacks depth but is unashamedly crowd-pleasing, not to say crowd-scaring.
Ben Jones is starring in the new UK tour of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, currently playing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. He spoke to Love London Love Culture about the production and taking it across the UK…
The Rose Theatre’s new autumn/winter season includes a major revival of Stephen Bill’s 1987 comedy Curtains and co-productions of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, David Edgar’s adaptation of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde starring Phil Daniels and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox.
What the Dickens? The adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most famous works, A Tale of Two Cities, at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this week as part of a national tour, has more than a few misfires but finally proves an entertaining melodrama.
Two Cities Community Tale:
The big Touring Consortium Theatre Company production of A Tale of Two Cities opens at the King’s Theatre this week, but unlike most shows coming into the theatre, it won’t just be the touring actors on the stage.
Clearly told and doggedly true to its source, Touring Consortium’s Of Mice and Men is a solidly effective production that never quite sparks into life.
Energy and fidelity to the intriguing source material are not enough to distinguish Brave New World at the King’s, in a touring production marred by odd choices and a curious lack of life.
Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel tells of a world divided by genetic design into castes – Alpha, Beta and so on – and controlled by drugs, recreational sex and facile diversions. Into this world comes ‘John the Savage’, an outsider from a reservation, raised on family, religion and Shakespeare – all of which civilisation has banned.
A strange and mysterious 1950s New York is explored in the Consortium Theatre Company’s take on Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, but the production fails to completely convince.