The Landor Theatre's production of Curtains written by the music and lyrics team Kander and Ebb, is an absolute delight. It is a hilarious pastiche, but this cast keep the truth shining through at every moment. The Landor is one of the earliest fringe theatres, starting life in 1994. Its focus is primarily on producing or housing musical theatre productions in an intimate environment. Curtains had its world premiere in 2006 in Los Angeles, transferring to Broadway later in 2007. A show … [Read more...]
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Bar theatre productions are a really mixed bag in my experience; venue, choice of production and cast can vary from the sublime to the ridiculous, and in the past I have come out feeling frustrated or disappointed as often as I have fulfilled and admiring. Thankfully, in Savage in Limbo at The Camden Eye theatre, there was plenty to admire. Acting, set, script and direction all pulled together to deliver a slick, snappy, stylish and unexpectedly funny production. Subtly set in the 1980s – … [Read more...]
Two-Headed, currently showing at the Rose Theatre, is the first contemporary play to be staged at the historic venue, and I have to say it works surprisingly well. For those of you who do not know the history of the Rose Theatre on Bankside, a word or two of explanation are in order. In 1989 the foundations of the theatre were discovered by accident during a routine office block development, and after further research it was found, amid great excitement, to be the first of London’s theatres … [Read more...]
With the question of whether Shakespeare should be staged out of its original time period being one of contention, it is refreshing to see Matthew Dunster’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream merge beautifully with the humour and baseness of channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, resonating with stories of the traveling community trafficking and enslaving vulnerable men. All this mixed up with the wonderful, magical and mysterious world of fairies and the things that go bump in the … [Read more...]
Constanza Hola has created with ingenious direction a production where St Joan lives out her dramatic tale in the 21st Century. With a modern soundtrack, an appearance of an ipad, and Joan entering chewing gum dressed as a gothic rock chick listening to her iPod, we know this will be no ordinary revival. The Rose Theatre, Bankside, steeped in history is the perfect setting for Saint Joan. Bernard Shaw wrote St Joan soon after Joan of Arc's canonisation by the Roman Catholic Church. We … [Read more...]