The press night vibes at the New Wimbledon Theatre last night was noticeably electric pre-show. With Will Young reprising his West End performance as the Emcee, joined by current national sweetheart, Louise Redknapp as the troubled Sally Bowles; the theatre was packed with excited theatre goers and theatricals looking for a thrilling time.
The first 'main house' musical of Daniel Evans’ inaugural season as Artistic Director at CFT was greeted with rapturous applause and seemingly endless praise from its audience at press night.
Based on the play and film ‘Calendar Girls’, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical ‘The Girls’ enters the West End after a long journey.
As a teenager obsessed with musical theatre at the time ‘Rent’ was running at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1998, I arrived at the New Victoria Theatre with a certain amount of trepidation.
Based on the 2003 film of the same title starring Jack Black, School of Rock tells the story of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn who, in a desperate attempt to make rent, poses as his flatmate Ned Shneebly, taking a supply teaching position at a prestigious private school.
Sell A Door Theatre Company have created a vibrant production with a talented and committed cast of performers.
A labour of love 3 years in the making, ‘27’ is brought to life through an exciting contemporary score created by Sam Cassidy and Matt Wills. The production is the all too familiar tale of the downfall of an artist put on a pedestal for a short stint in the limelight.
As the lights go down and the crazy begins, you've already been given your country's flag to wave (it appears I've gone Norwegian for the evening!), Eurobeat’s first number immediately congers up the Eurovision buzz it's about to tribute.
On paper I was extremely excited by the synopsis of Exposure. An exploration of the power of photography, linked in with the idea of capturing the seven deadly sins. Having seen Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of Dr Faustus earlier in the year I was really interested in how the dark side of temptation would manifest itself in this musical.
It's always really sad when you see a production which despite superb reviews and excellent word of mouth, gets its notice after far too short a run. This is certainly the case with “Showboat”, currently playing at the New London Theatre. Daniel Evans’ beautiful production opened at the Sheffield Crucible in December of 2015, and transferred to the New London on April 9th 2016.