Hollywood is a funny old place. Nobody outside of Tinseltown really understands how a movie gets made or often why? “Speed-the-Plow”, currently at the Playhouse Theatre, tries to open the lid on the process for the naïve movie watcher. Bobby Gould (Richard Schiff) is newly promoted to the position of Head of Production at a major Hollywood studio and is sitting in his half-painted office on his first day in the job, when in bounds his associate Charlie Fox (Nigel Lindsay), with the brilliant … [Read more...]
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The PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
The Royal Avenue Theatre had its first production on the 11th March 1882 with a revival of Offenbach’s Madame Favart. The prefix “Royal” was very soon dropped from the theatre’s name. Comic operas, burlesques and similar shows remained the main source of entertainment for several years. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a very popular star of music halls led the company at the Avenue Theatre.
In the early 1890s the emphasis of productions changed to drama and in 1894 Miss Horniman, the tea heiress, later a pioneer of the repertory movement, anonymously sponsored actress Florence Farr in a season of plays. Unfortunately, the first production wasn’t successful, however Miss Farr persuaded her friend, George Bernard Shaw, to complete his play, Arms and the Man, as a quick replacement which resulted in his first West End production.
It was enough to convince him to drop his music critique in favour of play writing. The theatre re-opened as The Playhouse Theatre on 28th January 1907 with a one-act play called The Drums of Oudh together with a play called Toddles, by Tristan Bernard and Andre Godferneaux. Since that time the Playhouse has hosted the likes of W S Gilbert, legendary actress-manager Gladys Cooper, the BBC, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company, and Janet McTeer. In January 2003, Maidstone Productions took over the ownership of the Theatre.
Maidstone Productions, owned by London and Broadway producers Ted and Norman Tulchin, has been behind a number of hit productions on both sides of the Atlantic. In March 2003, the Ambassador Theatre Group took over the ownership of the Playhouse Theatre.
Dick and Dom are cast in Monty Python's Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre. This will be their debut in a West End musical. From 2nd December 2013 to 4th January 2014 Dick plays 'King Arthur'and Dom plays 'Patsy'. Carley Stenson joined the cast as 'The Lady of The Lake' from 4th November 2013 and will play the role until 8th February 2014. Dick and Dom, have appeared in a number of TV shows including BBC1's Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow, and Horrid Henry: The Movie. Dick (Richard McCourt) … [Read more...]
Spamalot is currently playing at The Playhouse Theatre, which is situated about two minutes’ walk from the Embankment Underground and the River Thames; perfect for including some sight-seeing with your theatre trip. The theatre itself is rather beautiful and has a gorgeous, sweeping, classic red stage curtain that I completely fell in love with. The seats were, also, very comfy and I had a perfect view from where I was sitting (F14). The only down side I could find with the theatre is that due … [Read more...]
At the time of the interview, Michael Burgen was performing as Patsy in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End. “Honestly though, it is the most fun two hours you can have. I don’t know another show like it out there. Literally, it is just a gag machine. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t enjoy it.” Michael’s stage roles include The all-male Pirates of Penzance Australia tour, Spamalot UK tour, all-male Iolanthe and all-male Mikado. The all-male Pirates of … [Read more...]