Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Theatre review: Blithe Spirit
an audio version that ended up being my favourite out of any version I'd actually seen on stage, and likely hard to beat. Now at the Pinter Theatre, a decent-sized but far from packed audience suggests that despite being perhaps the best-loved Noël Coward play, there's still maybe not the appetite for quite how frequently it ectoplasmically manifests itself. Still, it's always someone's first time, and Vanessa was unfamiliar with the play about Charles Condomine (Geoffrey Streatfeild,) a writer who tries to research fraudulent psychics for his new book, by inviting a local eccentric to hold a séance.
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Theatre review: The Normal Heart
Angels in America. Now the reconfigured Olivier plays host to an earlier work that it's probably safe to say is the seminal work of the genre. First seen in 1985, Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart never actually mentions AIDS - not out of any artistic choice, but because we're dealing with a time when the authorities were loath to admit there even was a disease that seemed to be targeting New York's gay men, let alone give it a name. Far from the magical realism of Tony Kushner's epic, Kramer's play deals very much with the down-to-earth. And while Vicki Mortimer's set is dominated by a memorial eternal flame for the victims, and the play is far from short on heartbreak, the main emotion is anger and frustration at a bureaucratic brick wall; one that seems increasingly purpose-built to help purge Reagan's America of a population it would rather see the back of.
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Theatre review: Back to the Future
Monday, 20 September 2021
Theatre review: NW Trilogy
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Labels: Chris Tummings, Claire Keenan, Emmet Byrne, Harmony Rose Bremner, Moira Buffini, Natasha Jayetileke, Rina Fatania, Ronny Jhutty, Roy Williams, Suhayla El-Bushra, Susie McKenna, Taio Lawson
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie when it first transferred to London, but I did worry how long it would last without star names attached. As it turns out, it eventually took a pandemic to knock it off the West End stage, and while its recent return to the Apollo was short, its London run is officially only "paused," while a UK tour goes on, and a North American premiere is on the cards. And then there's this from the original creative team of writers Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics,) director Jonathan Butterell and choreographer Kate Prince, who've decided to turn it into something incredibly rare and precious: A movie musical without James Corden in it. There's a new, slightly starrier cast taking on the central roles, although a few of the original stage performers get cameo appearances, as do Jamie and Margaret Campbell, the story's original inspiration.
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Labels: Dan Gillespie Sells, Jonathan Butterell, Kate Prince, Lauren Patel, Max Harwood, Ralph Ineson, Richard E Grant, Samuel Bottomley, Sarah Lancashire, Sharon Horgan, Shobna Gulati, stage to screen, Tom MacRae
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Theatre review: Camp Siegfried
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Radio review: Othello
Thursday, 9 September 2021
Theatre review: Frozen
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Labels: Ashley Birchall, Christopher Oram, Craig Gallivan, Finn Ross, Jennifer Lee, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Michael Grandage, Neil Austin, Obioma Ugoala, Oliver Ormson, Robert Lopez, Samantha Barks, Stephanie McKeon
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
Theatre review: Rockets and Blue Lights
Zong) jettisoning its human "cargo" in a storm. It was part of the backlash against slavery that led to abolition in British territories, and the painting and its ambiguities - is Turner's not showing the bodies of the victims letting the viewer off the hook, or forcing them to imagine horrors he can't satisfactorily put to canvas? - becomes a recurring symbol, and a starting-off point for trying to reframe the narrative: Instead of making abolition a cause for self-congratulation, looking at the legacy of slavery both at the time and down the generations.
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia
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