Barbu London Wonderground 5 Stars Book Now Firstly, I would just like to say, if you are a London Wonderground virgin, you are missing out! I would urge anyone who has not sampled the joyous nights (or, indeed days, should you choose a matinee) on London’s Southbank to race down there and partake in its delights. Get your tickets booked, get there early, enjoy a drink there, grab a bite to eat at one of the food stalls, and enjoy some unadulterated fun. There is no finer way, in my humble opinion, to enjoy a London summer’s evening than in this location – and irrespective of the actual weather, there is a pervading and inherent sunny disposition in the air. It instantly makes me reminiscent of summer nights spent at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – helped by the presence of the Giant Purple Cow that dominates the skyline – as everyone … Read more
Chicago producer David Ian has announced that Jessie Wallace will join the cast of the international award-winning musical Chicago, playing the role of Mama Morton. Wallace will join the show when it plays Nottingham, Belfast, Liverpool, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Bromley, Woking, Canterbury, Norwich and Leeds. Jessie Wallace is best known for playing Kat Slater in EastEnders, a role for which she has won numerous awards. Her other TV credits include Amy Kriel in Wild at Heart and Pat Phoenix in The Road to Coronation Street, for which she was nominated for a Bafta Award. Her theatre credits include Maureen in Rent Remixed in the West End, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Sylvia in the national tour of Stepping Out. Wallace will join John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma Kelly, Neil Ditt as Amos Hart and … Read more
Salisbury Playhouse and The Original Theatre Company in association with Eastbourne Theatres will present a national tour of the Psychological thriller Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams. The production will be directed by Luke Sheppard. When charming, smooth-talking Dan arrives at old Mrs Bramson’s remote woodland home, he soon ingratiates his way into her life and that of her niece, Olivia. But when a local woman goes missing and is later found murdered, Olivia begins to suspect her aunt’s new private assistant. She resolves to find out the truth. Emlyn Williams wrote Night Must Fall in 1935 and played the lead role in the first stage production. The play was noted for its exploration of the killer’s complex psychological state, a step forward for its genre. Robert Montgomery starred in the film version in 1937 and Albert Finney in the 1964 re-make. Niamh McGrady and Will Featherstone will star as … Read more
Apparently The Go-Between started life as a play, and for once the book here, written by David Wood, is not the problem here. The Go Between fails because of its score, which fails at every hurdle. If you are going to The Go-Between to hear Michael Crawford perform Phantom(ish) songs you will be sorely disappointed.
It’s that time of the year again when the Udderbelly Festival (Until 17 July) and the London Wonderground (until 25 September) come to the South Bank. We’ve picked out a couple of the shows we are looking forward to seeing:- Gobsmacked Gobsmacked is the UK’s answer to Pentatonix. Featuring three times and current reigning beatbox world champion Ball Zee, This all-singing theatrical experience pushes vocal boundaries to deliver a slick, musically accomplished, high energy spectacular with not a single musical instrument to be seen… Only the human voice. Thursday 16 June – Sunday 17 July Book Now Austentatious – The Improvised Jane Austen Novel In each show, the all-star cast improvise a brand new Jane Austen work before your eyes, based only on audience suggestions. Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. Prepare to get your bonnet in a twist. (Swooning guaranteed). Austentatious are Edinburgh Fringe sell-outs … Read more