Tamsin Greig is the lead performer here. She is perfect for the acting requirements. She has style, a sense of whimsical élan and a marvellous comic ability. She lands all the jokes and finds the true sense of despair which defines her character. But – Greig can’t give full measure and depth to the tunes she is asked to sing.
Where there should be style, there is smut; where there should be grace, there is gurning; where there should be passion there is pointlessness. Anything Goes is not a pantomime; nor is it a Carry On Gang film. It is certainly chock-full of silliness and slightly dirty fun, but it only works with an excess of energy focussed on style, believable characters, romance and the unlikeliest of plots.
Britishtheatre.com is pleased to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for Marching On Together, a new play by upcoming playwright Adam Hughes has been successfully funded. The play received £6394 from 113 backers exceeding the £6000 target that had originally been its aim. Marching on Together will receive its world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, in February 2015. After its London debut, it will head on tour to West Yorkshire in March visiting schools, community centres, Working Men’s Clubs, and even bespoke non-theatrical locations that feature in the play. We hope that Britishtheatre.com readers will support this great new writer. Tickets to Marching On Together are available from The Red Lion Theatre
Tom Scutt’s design is overwhelmingly attractive. Seductive blue and gold enhances the structures where the action occurs – a garishly compelling sense of Venice and Las Vegas: time and space are fused in the bauble land where Antonio and Shylock take their commercial risks. Greed and choice become the central focus here.
As we settle into our Christmas Day schedules with family here in the UK, spare a thought for our Broadway counterparts, many of whom are performing in shows today. A massive 17 Broadway shows will perform today (Thursday 25th December) many at 7pm or 8pm, including Cinderella, Disgraced, Honeymoon in Vegas, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, On the Town, Side Show, Beautiful, Chicago, The Elephant Man, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Wicked and Motown. Last year in the holiday season over 1 million people saw a Broadway show grossing $113.5 million according to the Broadway League. Here at Britishtheatre.com we’d like to know if you would go to a show in the West End if they were open today? Is Christmas Day one day of the year which should be sacred when it comes to staying closed or is there an audience … Read more
2014 – a very good year. It’s often hard at this time of year, when the days are short, the errands before Christmas are many, the things to get done before the holiday season starts in earnest seem unending, and the prospect of another New Year looms dangerously close, to take the time to think about the theatrical highlights of the year that is about to end. But not this year. No. This year there have been so many theatrical highs in London it is difficult to not think about them. And when one is asked to list the “ten best” of the year, it is very hard indeed. So, I won’t do that. Well, not just that. Rather, I am going to mention the plays or musicals or theatrical events or performances which left the most lasting impression, the ones I think about often, the ones which have left … Read more
CLICK FOR JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TOUR DATES BELOW Bill Kenwright has announced casting for his 2015 tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus Christ Superstar 2015 tour tickets are now available. Venues and ticket outlets are shown below. Casting for the tour includes Glenn Carter as Jesus. Glenn has performed the role in the West End, on Broadway on on film. Jonathan Tweedie will play Pontius Pilate, Tim Rogers (Whistle Down The Wind, Carousel, West Side Story, Jersey Boys) will play Judas Iscariot and X-Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji will play Mary Magdalene. Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The show has been an audience favourite playing world-wide since 1971. The show features sings including I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Everything’s Alright, and Gethsemane. … Read more