I hadn’t seen The Toxic Avenger The Musical at either Southwark Playhouse or the Edinburgh Fringe, but I can see why it’s been given another new lease of life. The words ‘the musical’ only suffix the main title to distinguish this stage production from the 1984 motion picture. Either way, the opening night crowd’s response to the show was evidence enough that the show already has something of a cult following. It is essentially critic-proof: there are significant holes in the plotline, but a) … [Read more...]
The Arts Theatre London West End WC2H 7JB
The Arts Theatre is an independent commercial theatre situated in the heart of London’s West End, providing a dynamic programme of entertainment of all genres.
The main house is a 350-seat proscenium arch theatre which has been in operation since 1927. We also operate Above the Arts, a private members bar and performance space on the first floor.
The Arts is also home to Rooms at the Arts, two bright and airy studios available for hire for rehearsals and workshops, as well as Covent Garden Cocktail Club. We look forward to welcoming you to the West End’s most vibrant theatre complex.
Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB
Following today’s sad news that Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86, ABA International Touring and AC Productions are proud to commemorate his life and work at the Arts Theatre with Waiting for Godot in its first homecoming since Sir Peter Hall staged the English language premiere there 62 years ago. The Arts Theatre hosts an exhibition featuring details of Sir Peter Hall’s first production, drawing on materials from the University of Reading’s unique Beckett Collection. Matthew … [Read more...]
It comes to something when the final and all-conquering insult in a slanging match between two characters in an epoch-defining play is “Critic!” Suitably chastened I will attempt to review the show despite the unrelenting, laser-like, disapproving gaze of its long-since deceased creator. Waiting For Godot, the boards-breaking, convention-shattering, earth-moving drama first came to the Arts Theatre in 1955 (having originally premiered, in French, in Paris two years earlier) directed by a … [Read more...]
For better or for worse, the entertainment world doesn’t have characters like Lucille Ball (Sandra Dickinson) anymore. Hers is an amusing and sharp-tongued character to see portrayed on stage, but I couldn’t help feeling that she may have been rather difficult to work with. But to reduce Ball to being one of those divas from a bygone era would be an oversimplification of this larger than life lady, even if Lee Tannen (Matthew Scott) at one point thinks of himself as Joe Gillis in Sunset … [Read more...]
As Encompass Productions were so keen to stress that Bare Essentials is not a scratch night, I begin by laying it on record that I can only concur. The six plays presented at this twelfth edition are all short plays, whole and complete in themselves. This isn’t the first two scenes of a play, the last two scenes of another and an abridged version of a third (and so on). Each is to be treated on an ‘as is’ basis, prepared for public viewing. Should’ve Gone To Lourdes by Stephen Kennedy is a … [Read more...]
It’s safe to say, there will only ever be one Judy Garland… except when there’s three! It figures that for a woman who epitomises show business, and for whom the term legend seems almost insufficient, it would take three brilliantly talented performers to capture her presence. A stunning tribute and an outstanding ensemble piece, Ray Rackham’s production Judy! is, simply put, both a tribute and a mission. The goal, to put a legend back on the stage - where she … [Read more...]
Showered with rave reviews and following two sold-out runs in 2016, Lee Tannen’s incredibly personal, funny, bitter-sweet play “I Loved Lucy” about his 10-year relationship with TV comedy legend Lucille Ball is to transfer to London’s Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 7-week season from Wednesday 19 July. Critically acclaimed Sandra Dickinson returns as Lucy. Broadway leading man Matthew Scott ("An American in Paris") makes his London debut as Lee. Following an acclaimed UK premiere at … [Read more...]