I kicked my theatre year off with a press/media night for the sensational Six The Musical. It’s been 18 months since I last experienced this rapid history lesson of Henry VIII’s wives and my goodness I’ve missed it.
Going into a new year it’s great to see that Six the Musical is as vibrant and wonderful as ever. The current queens of the castle do an outstanding job of keeping the energy of the show fresh and truly engaging so that both first time audiences audiences and longtime Six fans can feel like they’re experiencing something special.
You know the story of how two Cambridge students, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss (who also directs) created this Tudor “herstory”, took it to Edinburgh, and recently opened it after COVID delays on Broadway.
This poptastic show about the wives of King Henry VIII has moved to its new London home, the Vaudeville Theatre, where it’s set to continue entertaining audiences for the foreseeable future.
It’s an 80-minute treat that flies by in a whizz of comedy, vocal excellence, spangly costumes and heart.
I like Six because it is short, the costumes look amazing, it focuses on female talent from the six leading queens to the backing band and it has a range of songs and talent rarely seen in many musicals.
I had a flash of a thought, ‘Oh please don’t let this be an anti-climax’, and in the safe hands of the Donmar Warehouse production team, I needn’t have worried. In fact, Constellations was more than I could have wanted.
Regular readers will know that I like nothing more than seeing shows I’ve already seen and loved again… and again. As a critic, you see shows under specific circumstances — as invited by the production.
In Alyssa: Memoirs of a Queen, primped, preened and double vaxxed, Alyssa not so much dominates the stage as blows it up entirely.
Written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, Public Domain is now making its first appearance on the West End stage in the Vaudeville Theatre.
After a critically-acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse and a successful worldwide stream via stream.theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical The Last Five Years will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, running from 17 September to 13 October 2021.
The producers of Magic Goes Wrong have announces that they have decided to put back reopening until October 2021 when they hope to re-start at the Vaudeville Theatre without social distancing. Mischief Movie Night will now play at the theatre from 9 December 2020 to 31 January 2021.
Nimax Theatres will open all six West End theatres in sequence from 22 October 2020 with social distancing under Covid-19 secure government guidelines. The special season will beginning at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue with This is Going to Hurt, written and performed by ex-NHS doctor Adam Kay.
This production of Lady Windermere’s Fan is mostly a strong account of a play that will always be overshadowed by Earnest and a very pleasant way to spend a locked down afternoon.
From March 2020 a new cast will star in the West End production of Magic Goes Wrong, the box office hit created by Mischief Theatre with Penn & Teller, currently running at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Abracadabra! As their weekly episodes of The Goes Wrong Show continue to delight television audiences, I was delighted to continue my series of Mischief Theatre post-show talks with a return to the Vaudeville Theatre to catch up with the company’s co-writers – Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields – and their co-stars in the latest goes-wrong stage comedy.
Here’s a guide to some of the shows that you might want to book tickets for in the week beginning 13 January 2020.
We round up the reviews for the second production in Mischief Theatre’s year-long season at the Vaudeville Theatre, Magic Goes Wrong.
Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the shows opening in London in January 2020.
Writer and actor Henry Shields chatted to Emma Clarendon about all things Mischief Theatre including the company’s year long season at the Vaudeville Theatre.