In the year 769, the great King Charlemagne welcomed his first born son into the world. Quite a lot is known about the child, but this is not some boring history lesson, as in the mid-1960s composer Stephen Schwartz decided the son’s story was an ideal subject for a musical. A few years later, and with a book a by Roger O. Hirson, the show was born. Its name is Pippin and is currently being given a well deserved run out by Sedos at the Bridewell Theatre. Narrated by the Leading Player (Corin … [Read more...]
Bridewell Theatre London EC4Y 8EQ - Reviews
Bridewell Theatre is a thriving off-west end venue built over the City of London’s first swimming pool. This versatile space plays host to a range of production companies throughout the year and can also be transformed into a truly atmospheric ballroom, a magical cabaret venue or conference space. Early booking essential.
The Victorian glass lantern roof, viewing gallery and changing rooms remain in situ giving this historic venue a dramatic and surreal atmosphere. The tiled swimming pool itself is also still in place underneath the seating, accessible via a floor hatch.
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14 Bride Lane,
What a pleasurable and delightful play this is. I could go on at length about certain aspects in this production of You Can’t Take It With You that don’t make a lot of sense, but rather like The Addams Family, the eccentricities are what make the characters in this bizarre and chaotic - but nonetheless hilarious- so compelling and unique. I should qualify that comparison: Paul (Mark Watson Gray) and Penny Sycamore (Dara Seitzman) and their extended family are merely quirky, rather than … [Read more...]
Before The Greatest Showman, before Dear Evan Hansen and even before La La Land, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote Dogfight, based on the 1991 film of the same name, about a group of marines on their last night on the town in San Francisco in 1963 before being shipped out to Vietnam. Their songs paired with a book by Peter Duchan resulted in the creation of Dogfight the musical, which is currently being performed in an amateur production by London's Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic … [Read more...]
In these days of Brexit and Trump, knowing which country a person is from seems to be more and more relevant than before, so where are you from? I’m British, I have a friend who is Australian, another is American and so on. Simple, I have my identity and so do you. Now imagine that you were from an area of the Europe where your nationality has not just changed hands once but since 450 BC, has actually switched ‘locations’ seventeen times, and since 1900 has been seen a change of owner four … [Read more...]
Sedos presents a new production of the award-winning musical Dogfight at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 6th - 10th March 2018. The musical, which has Book by Peter Duchan and Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix. Before creating the Tony-winning sensation Dear Evan Hansen, Pasek and Paul delivered the heartbreaking and beautiful musical Dogfight, which premièred Off-Broadway in 2012, and won the … [Read more...]
2017 has been a busy year with our team of reviewers attending and reviewing nearly 800 productions across London, including West End and Off-West End. These are the top picks for the year. 1. Bat Out of Hell The Musical – London Coliseum (21 June) Andrew Polec, as Strat (leader of ‘The Lost’, a collective of young rebels) leads a ridiculously talented cast with flair, energy and intensity. Polec’s vocals are outstanding, his stage presence amazing, and he was conspicuous by his absence … [Read more...]
Winter is definitely with us. It's cold, windy and the shops are full of Christmas tat. This is the time of year that the world needs something spectacular to bring a bit of happiness and raise the spirits. And, right now, the brightest show in town is Priscilla Queen of the Desert which has just opened at the Bridewell Theatre. Sydney, Australia and drag queen Mitzi Mitosis (Richard Upton) needs a break. Luckily, he has received a phone call from Marion (Natalie Harding-Moore), the manager … [Read more...]