Review of Translations at Rose Theatre Kingston

As the title suggests, Translations is a play which is very much concerned with language. It is also about politics, power, love, identity, tradition and betrayal. If this sounds like a powerful, heavy mixture, it is; however writer Brian Friel’s wisdom, his humour and dancing, entrancing script make of it a bittersweet delight. It is the summer of 1833 in rural Donegal. The weather is unusually hot, and the locals… Read More »

Genni Trickett

Zoe Wanamaker Stars in STEVIE at Chichester Festival 2014

Chichester’s Festival 2014 opens with a revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Stevie Smith. ‘Smart writing people think it’s not at all chic to live in the suburbs with an aunt, but I don’t care what they think. I’ve never cared about chic things, fashion and so on. What does it matter? I love Aunt and Aunt loves me. That’s what really matters.’ Nervous and droll, Stevie Smith spends her days as… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Jermyn Street Theatre presents South African Season

This summer Jermyn Street Theatre presents a five week season of theatre, featuring some of South Africa’s most acclaimed playwrights and best-loved performers. The season will include major work by Athol Fugard and Reza de Wet, with performances by actors including Janet Suzman, Jack Klaff, Doreen Mantle and Basil Appollis. To complement the season there will be a series of special workshops and events including a full production of a… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Arcola Theatre presents The World Premiere of BETWEEN US

Arcola Theatre is delighted to present the World Premiere of Between Us, a new play by Sarah Daniels commissioned by Arcola Theatre, opening for a limited 4 week run in Studio 2 from Wednesday 28 May 2014 (press night Friday 30 May at 7.30pm). On sale now. “…I’m okay, you’re okay, they’re okay, we’re all okay and in this together.” What do stand-up, being a proud father, therapy and adoption… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Casting announced for Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Ian Bartholomew will play Tilney, Tony Bell will play Ralph, Anna Carteret will play Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi will play Henslowe, David Ganley will play Burbage, Richard Howard will play Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine will play Sam, Abigail… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook 2014 Tour

In September 2013 Elio was invited to ‘fill Billy Joel’s shoes’ starring in two very special reunion concerts in New York and Philadelphia with Joel’s original 1971-1972 touring band, recreating the historic Sigma Sounds live recordings. Following from this Elio Pace delivers this sensational UK tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel.  Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life, as well as… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

City Stories returning to St James Studio 1st to 2nd May

City Stories is returning to the St. James Studio for two performances on 1st and 2nd May 2014, before a residency from the autumn. City Stories is a new type of cabaret drama, a sequence of interwoven love stories and a love letter to London. Written and directed by award winning playwright James Phillips (The Rubenstein Kiss, Hidden in the Sand) and with original music composed by singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Miss Saigon London West End Prince Edward Theatre from 3rd May 2014

For many, it has been far too long, but the wait is nearly over, as Miss Saigon returns to London’s West End, with performances commencing 3rd May 2014. Miss Saigon premiered in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 20th September 1989 and closed on 30th October 1999, after 4,264 performances. On Broadway, Miss Saigon made its debut at the Broadway Theatre on 11th April 1991 and… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

John Owen-Jones and Anna O’Byrne to sing at The Bolshoi Theatre

John Owen-Jones and Anna O’Byrne will be performing ‘Phantom of The Opera‘ at The Golden Mask Awards Ceremony at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, on 18th April, 2014. In addition to singing, John and Anna will be presenting the award for Best Musical. Golden Mask is the National Theatre Award established in 1993 by the Theatre Union of Russian Federation. The Golden Mask Award is the most prestigious award that… Read More »

Neil Cheesman

Review of Othello at Leicester Square Theatre

It doesn’t get much more intimate than the litle 70-seat studio space two flights down from street level at the Leicester Square Theatre. Come in late and you risk running straight into the back of Iago, who will break off briefly from what he’s doing and show you to your seat with disturbing courtesy. With a stage surrounded by spectators as close as a garment, this is a regular crucible… Read More »