The Dark Tower Youth Music Theatre, CLF Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham Rye Lane, Wednesday 24th August 2016 5 Stars This is probably the biggest musical theatre event of the year. And I choose my words carefully. YMT is an acronym that appears with increasing frequency in the performer and crew biographies in theatre programmes, listed under ‘Training’. It has a place alongside the best drama … Read more
But the message this work has to speak to us is not going to be dismissed: in an era when the management of the world by politicians is so signally lacking in hope, this story reminds us that there are other ways of doing things, there are other attitudes that can be assumed and there are other ways of responding to others than relentless, unwinnable wars.
The genius of this work is that it opens up to us what is really great about the writer: his vision of humanity, his craft as a composer of lyrical epics of the struggle of people to find their way in a world full of dangers, challenges, betrayals, confusions and blind-alleys. It leaves you knowing that you will never be able to think about the creator of Peer Gynt or Mrs Alving in the same way again. And you feel so very, very glad about that. At last.
H G Wells could see into the future, and he gave us his alter ego – the ebullient draper’s boy, Kipps, who is even now, thanks to the combined efforts of Anthony Drewe, George Stiles and Julian Fellowes, dazzling his way back onto the Chichester Festival Theatre stage in the most recently refreshed version of the 1960s musical based on his adventures, David Henecker and … Read more
This week Julian paid a visit to the London Theatre Workshop to take a look at You Tweet My Face Space. Once again, LTW hosts another outstanding event: this time, a Pre-Edinburgh Fringe preview of an original new comedy, written and produced by Tom Hartwell and directed by Lilac Yosiphon, starring ten recent graduates of Mountview Academy (BA Acting). The company they invited in, Boots … Read more
Behind the scenes across the UK talented writers are working on great new ideas for musicals. Many will never be seen and many need support to get onto the stage. BritishTheatre.com has asked our good friend Julian Eaves to write a regular feature talking about the hard work that is going on to bring audiences new and exciting shows. We hope that you enjoy this … Read more