London Theatre Preview: November 2014

By | October 30, 2014

Halloween is the focal point for most people in October, while thoughts of Christmas consume then in December. What about November then? With Halloween almost over and done, with and enough time still for a small reprieve from Christmas at this point, something else is needed to occupy our minds and the incoming batch of shows this coming month seems a very good place to start. November brings with it… Read More »

Review of Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre

By | October 28, 2014

Sunny Afternoon is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a sunny and enjoyable experience – a musical theatre version of the true story of The Kinks, a very successful band from the 1960s. Their unique claim to fame was that at a time of great success for bands from Liverpool and Manchester, they were from London, born and bred, and proud to come from Muswell Hill! Ray… Read More »

The Miz Kidz Club at the Queen’s Theatre London

By | October 28, 2014

Getting young people interested in the theatre is important not only for the future of the industry, but for them in themselves as well. It can do such wonderful things for their developing minds, showing them a world of creativity that is filled with beauty and passion and can educate its audience whilst simultaneously entertaining them. Kids should be going to the theatre. It can connect an individual to their… Read More »

The Commitments leaves the audience smiling and wanting more

By | October 25, 2014

Despite its subject matter, the trials and tribulations of a group of youngsters endeavouring to put together a soul band, Roddy Doyle’s 1987 best-selling novel The Commitments is not an obvious choice for a musical adaptation. The main reason for this is that the book is extremely dialogue heavy; most of it in Dublin patois and heavily peppered with swearing. It is also gritty, rain-swept and inherently working class; hardly… Read More »

IN PROFILE with Michael Riseley from LES MISERABLES

By | October 25, 2014

It’s been a little while since I’ve seen a show in the West End – my last theatre trip was to see the UK tour production of Cats. I’m here today though with a few family members to revisit an old classic: Les Miserables. We’ve picked a good time to see Cameron Mackintosh’s pride and joy, as the show is benefiting from a rather talented line-up which includes the likes… Read More »

Full casting announced for CATS at the London Palladium

By | October 24, 2014

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew… Read More »

Review of Memphis The Musical London West End

By | October 23, 2014

I knew nothing about Blues music, knew even less about its origins, and less than that about the New York production of Memphis which has just transferred to London. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I arrived at the theatre a breath before the first note of music sounded, with just time to throw my coat over the face of the enormous man next to me, and murmur ‘excuse me’ before I… Read More »