Jon Culshaw will star as Bill Bryson in a brand-new stage production of Bryson’s award-winning memoir Notes From A Small Island adapted by BAFTA and Olivier Award winning playwright Tim Whitnall.
Ought To Be Clowns barely saw 250 shows this year, quiet by his standards. And as is the way of these things, here’s a rundown of some of the productions that moved me most…
Looking ahead to some of 2020’s exciting shows, most with an emphasis away from the West End and instead focusing at the London Fringe and across the UK.
Bill Buckhurst’s production of Assassins has all the necessary vigour and the human seriousness too: plus it helps having a stunningly gifted set of actor-musicians roaming the stage.
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.
A sensational adaptation of the film, Amélie the Musical completely captures my heart – see it now at the Watermill Theatre and then touring across the UK.
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
Madcap musical whodunit Murder For Two has returned for a second run at The Other Palace this Christmas – and critics continue to be won over by the silliness of the two-hander parody and its “scarily talented” stars Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur. We’ve rounded up review highlights below. Time to get booking!
Murder For Two is an unmissable murder mystery musical, showcasing the perennial popularity of detective fiction alongside some brilliant piano duets – Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are an exceptional double act.
We’re counting down to the London return of two-hander musical whodunit Murder For Two, which moves back into The Other Palace studio for five weeks from tomorrow night (Monday 10 December 2018). Have you seen the trailer yet for Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur in their detective duet? Watch below – and then get booking!
Did you miss the European premiere of musical whodunit Murder For Two in 2017 at the Watermill Theatre and The Other Palace? Good news for London theatregoers: it returns next week to The Other Palace for a five-week festive season with Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat reprising their piano duet, and thirteen roles between them. Check out our gallery of these musical detectives in action – and then get booking!
How much do you know about the real Burke and Hare? Tom Wentworth’s new stage comedy about the Edinburgh serial killers, who got their just comeuppance on Christmas Day, gets its London premiere this week at Jermyn Street Theatre. Check out the trailer with review highlights from its dates at the Watermill Theatre and on tour. Time to get booking!
After its current critically acclaimed hit with Proud Haddock’s production of World War One musical two-hander Billy Bishop Goes to War, Jermyn Street concludes this year’s Rebels season with the transfer of murderous black comedy three-hander Burke and Hare. Check out photos from the show’s original run at the Watermill Theatre. Time to get booking!
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s script for Trial By Laughter at the Watermill is full of the characteristic satire you would expect and abounds with humour and wit.
Having been away from her desk, Libby Purves catches up with a trio of openings: Copenhagen at the Minerva Theatre, Sweet Charity at Newbury’s Watermill & Little Voice at the Park Theatre.
Yet again, the people of Newbury find themselves spoiled with this display of some of the finest talent in the land putting on a show that alongside being a rollercoaster of emotions, Sweet Charity is a festival of sensational song and dance.
You can never have too much charity it would seem, and as Rebecca Trehearn prepares to take on the role of Charity Hope Valentine in Nottingham next month, Gemma Sutton tackles it here at the beautiful Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
At the end of its epic London run with the peerless Mark Rylance creating the part, I went back to decide whether – without him at its core – Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem would really last.
Wilton’s Music Hall today has announced its autumn season which will feature: ENO presenting Paul Bunyan as part of ENO Studio Live; the world premiere of Sketching by James Graham; and the return of festive classic The Box of Delights.
In their latest touring production, Ken Ludwig’s musical comedy, Crazy For You, Paul Hart and the Watermill Theatre have enhanced a much-loved classic with flights of fanciful footwork and an electric cast of actor-musicians.
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