Days after the motion picture Fifty Shades Darker went on general release came the press night for this new adaptation of La Ronde. Both are explorations of eroticism, romance and lust, and the film’s trailer strapline, ‘Every fairy tale has a dark side’, could equally be applied to this stage production. The original La Ronde was so controversial it didn’t get its premiere for more than twenty years after it was written; here, in cosmopolitan London in 2017, it’s not so much contentious as … [Read more...]
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I’d heard a lot of good things about Newsies The Musical, a Disney Theatrical Productions show – their Aladdin and The Lion King are currently playing in the West End. Having finally seen Newsies, albeit in cinematic form, it’s a surprise that this is being billed as the final opportunity to see it, supposedly forever. It certainly deserves a London run – the number of newspapers still in evidence on the streets of central London on any given weekday is an indication of how Londoners still … [Read more...]
I can see why the Broadway run of Anyone Can Whistle back in 1964 was so short-lived – it’s not a bad show, really, but it’s not the sort of show that would ever succeed on the Great White Way, or indeed in London’s West End. It’s too quirky and too absurd for larger theatres, but in smaller spaces like the Union Theatre, hosting this production, or the Jermyn Street Theatre, where a previous production ran in 2010, it works well, with a sort of grittiness and edginess far removed from the … [Read more...]
It made me feel happy and magical. This is one of the children's comments written on the audience feedback board after the show, very nicely summing up the general feeling of this uplifting play in one, short sentence. Lightbox Theatre Company have developed the classic children's play of The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck into a show that is suitable for the whole family. Performed in the round, this is an intimate performance that captures the magic of Tyltyl's journey nicely. There … [Read more...]
Frozen Light takes theatre out of its traditional fourth wall performance space and brings it into an intimate place where multisensory meets interactive activities in the play HOME. This is a story about two women who unexpectedly meet after they’ve been left behind in a dust storm. Their homes have been destroyed and their world shaken. With the hope that someone will come back to save them, the two women work together to create a new home. The dual team of Amber Onat Gregory as Olive and … [Read more...]