Author: Alan Fitter


Review of Fame The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre

In 1980, “Fame” appeared on our cinema screens, conceived by producer David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Set in the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, it was a superb movie that portrayed the lives of the students and teachers at the school. It had superb three-dimensional characters, exuberant dance routines, it had pathos, it had tragedy, comedy and most of all it had a fabulous soundtrack of tremendous songs. …

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Review of The Ruffian On The Stair at The Hope Theatre

Joe Orton’s The Ruffian On The Stair was originally a radio play first broadcast on the BBC Home Service in August 1964 and based on a novel The Boy Hairdresser which was written by Orton and his partner (and his murderer), Kenneth Halliwell. The title is taken from a poem by William Ernest Henley: “Madam Life’s a piece in bloom, death goes dogging everywhere. She’s the tenant of the room, he’s the ruffian on the …

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Review of Elephant Steps at the Arcola Theatre London

A man lies very still in a hospital bed. Two angels in miniskirts and high-heeled boots with feathered wings walk about the stage. A man at a desk scribbles nonsense on a pad with an enormous pen. A woman in a ballgown sits in a chair and twitches. Another woman stands holding two canes that have blindfolded baby heads on the ends. A door opens intermittently and a man sprays something from an aerosol can. …

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Cirque Du Soleil – Ovo at The Royal Albert Hall – Review

There’s a BBC Radio 4 programme called “I’ve Never Seen Star Wars” where celebrities tell presenter Marcus Brigstocke (currently starring as Barnum at The Menier), about the things they’ve surprisingly never done. Well I’m not a celebrity but if invited on, I could tell Marcus that in the thirty plus years it’s been around, I’ve never seen a Cirque Du Soleil production – up to now that is! Cirque Du Soleil’s latest production is called …

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Queen Anne at Theatre Royal Haymarket Review

Queen Anne, a new play from Helen Edmundson tells the story of the relationship between the Queen and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough from the time Anne becomes Queen on the death of William III in 1702 to the point when that relationship ends. It encompasses Anne’s political alliance with the Speaker of the Commons, James Garnon as he and his fellow Tory politicians battle their political opponents, the Whigs and the Act of Union …

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