Tickets for Angels in America sold out very quickly- a mark of the excitement for this 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s epic, but the folks at the National have come up with three ways that you can still catch the show and this bunch of jobbing actors (pictured by Helen Maybanks) have kindly re-enacted the experience of trying to get tickets for the show… Continue reading “Angels in America – a fantasia on how to get tickets for a sold-out show.”
“For whatever reason, he spared a hamster”
“What will we say at the Women Centre Stage Festival? Enough of being backgrounded. The world will just have to get used to our stronger presence in every walk of life and art. I’m happy to be part of that conversation.”
Dame Janet Suzman.
|(c) Ruphin Coudyzer|
- Dreamgirls – Glee star Amber Riley plays the lead role in this brilliant musical telling the story of the rise of a Chicago R&B act in the 1960s. Running at the Savoy Theatre until March 2017.
- Aladdin – The latest Disney classic to get the West End treatment is this classic story of the street urchin from Agrabah at the Prince Edward Theatre until April 2017.
- The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston classics such as ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ feature heavily in this adaptation of the hit movie, with Beverley Knight playing the leading role at the Dominion Theatre until January 2017.
- School of Rock – Jack Black’s 2003 comedy about turning students into rock legends comes to the New London theatre until February 2017, with some new Andrew Lloyd-Webber-penned numbers.
- Cinderella – The classic family fairytale is the perfect pantomime performance to take in over Christmas, and you have until January 2017 to ensure you go to the ball at the London Palladium.
- Matilda the Musical – Roald Dahl’s Matilda comes to life in this brilliant new musical at the Cambridge Theatre until October 2017 via a successful Broadway stint, with music by comedian Tim Minchin.
- The Book of Mormon – From the creators of South Park and strictly for adults only, this much-talked-about mix of laughter and songs runs at the Prince of Wales theatre until January 2017.
- The Lion King – Another Disney smash featuring dancing, singing and plenty of African inspiration at the Lyceum Theatre until April 2017.
- Thriller Live – Visually spectacular and featuring amazing choreography, the career of Michael Jackson is celebrated at the Lyric Theatre until October 2017, featuring early songs like ABC and classics like Billie Jean.
- Wicked – The popular prequel to the Wizard of Oz telling the story of Dorothy, the Good Witch and the Bad Witch is celebrating ten years at the Apollo Victoria and runs until November 2017.
“She sang a melody of the hope of the springtime”
It’s not often that you’ll find me championing the cause of puppetry on here but in The Wicker Husband, a new folk musical based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones, we just have such a thing. With book and story by Rhys Jennings and music and lyrics by Darren Clark, The Wicker Husband will be an unconventional musical combining puppetry, folk music and dance to weave the tale of an Ugly Girl and her understanding of the cruel world she lives in. It is the story the Outsider, of self-acceptance in a society that tells us what it is to be “Ugly”.
And if that sounds like your cup of tea, then you’re in luck. As the guys launched an online crowdfunding campaign for further development of the project and as it stands, have reached well over a third of their target. In the cutthroat world of commercial theatre, especially musical theatre, you have to admire the determination of the creative team, bolstered by director/dramaturg Charlotte Westernra, in finding alternative ways to develop their work. The campaign is scheduled to end on 2nd April and it would be fantastic to see them reach their goals so watch the story-so-far video below and then head over to http://bit.ly/wickerhusband to see the range of incentives to help you make your mind up on how much you want to donate! Continue reading “Support new musical theatre writing – The Wicker Husband”
Hand To God opens at the Vaudeville Theatre next month, hot from a Tony Award-nominated run on Broadway and there’s a little hint of a teaser for you in this video, introducing Tyrone who is, as the title says, a truth-telling sock puppet.
Previews start on 5th February and booking runs until 11th June, Wednesday matinées are priced at a bargainous £25, and the cast includes the excellent Janie Dee, Jemima Rooper and Harry Melling. Also, how could you not want to see a show directed by someone as stupendously named as Moritz von Stuelpnagel?!