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 »

Canterbury Festival: Kent’s International Arts Festival

By | October 23, 2014

The West End may be the hub of the UK theatre scene, but it is not the be all and end all of the industry. Good quality theatre can be found anyway. There are hundreds of regional productions running at venues all around the country at any given time, not to mention the many touring shows entertaining audiences on the road, and numerous special events, concerts, cabarets, and so forth.… Read More »

5 Stars for The Scottsboro Boys: London West End Review

By | October 22, 2014

For those who like their reviews concise; let me just say that The Scottsboro Boys is a stunning piece of theatre. However, this latest musical collaboration by the veteran duo Kander and Ebb deserves a bit more background. The story deals with one of the most infamous episodes of American legal history. Nine African-American teenagers were arrested after being falsely accused of raping two white women on a train to… Read More »

Tribute to British actress Lynda Bellingham

By | October 21, 2014

Monday is not a favourite day with most people, especially those with 9-to-5 jobs for whom it signals the start of another working week. It was especially unfavourable this week however as many woke to the news that British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham had passed away. Bellingham, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2013, died ‘in her husband’s arms’ on Sunday 19th October 2014. She was 66… Read More »