There are many different types of laughers in this world. There are the ungainly guffaws that resonate so much that seismometers in the vicinity record alarmingly high readings, panicking the British Geological Survey of the onset of a mega-earthquake. There are, of course, those that shriek - making one wonder if the person is in pain or amused (likely both). The most mysterious to me is the silent laugh. The head bobs up and down like the Churchill dog (or one of those bobble-head dolls), but … [Read more...]
Best Plays in London - New Plays in London
Here is our guide to plays in London. From long-running West End plays such as The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black to new plays opening soon. Book London theatre tickets online for plays – click one of the images or the link below which shows all listings of plays currently on sale.
When it comes to Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest, I will confess I am a novice. I knew nothing of the plot, only that it was a comedy, by contrast my companion was a hardcore fan and could quote every line. For me this play revealed itself accordingly but for my comrade there were a few surprises. Director Lucy Bailey and Designer William Dudley have joined forces to create a reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy. Taking artistic licence with the plot, Lucy Bailey’s … [Read more...]
Following a successful UK tour, The Play That Goes Wrong will open at The Duchess Theatre on 14th September 2014, with previews from 5th September, 2014. Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this new hit comedy Direct from the West End - See more at: The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920's murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident-prone thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. This … [Read more...]
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui was written in 1941 by Bertolt Brecht, a German Marxist theatre practitioner, playwright and poet, while in exile in Finland. I was familiar with his style (known as ‘Epic Theatre’) through my university days. Though fascinated with his work during my studies, my initial thoughts were ‘how would a modern day West End audience relate to it?’ Although it’s not essential for the audience to know the details of Nazi Germany or Brecht’s practice methods, it was … [Read more...]
Over the years there have been plenty of films that have been made into musicals and musicals made into films – the first big-screen version of Les Miserables starts filming this year. Much as I may be looking forward to this particular development, the back-and-forth predictability of this relationship between film and musical is in danger of becoming a touch tired: so how nice it is to see the stage play reclaiming some of the attention for itself. The film adaption of War Horse is currently … [Read more...]