REVIEW: Ivanov, Chichester Festival Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

Ivanov at Chichester Festival theatre

Honesty, as David Hare points out, is the dominating theme of Ivanov. It is also the dominating principle adopted by Jonathan Kent as the guiding light for his revival of Ivanov, now playing at the Chichester Festival Theatre as part of their Young Chekhov season. The performances he elicits from the specially formed repertory company are intensely honest, truly felt, and they create a theatrical tapestry which is rich in detail and unsparing in terms of vitality and verity.

Sheffield Showboat Extends By Popular Demand

Show Boat at Sheffield Theatres December 2015

The production of Showboat opening at Sheffield Theatre on 10 December 2016 has been extended by a week by popular demand and will now run until 23 January 2016. Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans said today, “We are delighted that Show Boat has proved itself to be so popular with our audiences. We’re lucky to have the most wonderful cast and creative team and I know we’re all looking forward to bringing it to life on the Crucible Stage at Christmas.” Showboat has music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and is based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans … Read more

Mack and Mabel UK Tour 2015

Michael Ball to star in Mack and Mabel in Chichester

It has been announced that Michael Ball will play Mack Sennett in a major new revival of Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel which will play at the Chichester Festival Theatre prior to touring. Mack and Mabel is the story of the relationship between silent film star Mabel Normand and Keystone Cops director Mack Sennett. The productions will be directed by Jonathan Church and choreographed by Stephen Mear. Mack And Mabel received eight Tony nominations when it opened on Broadway in 1974.  Herman’s other shows include The Grand Tour, Hello Dolly! Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles.   MACK AND MABEL UK TOUR  2015 DATES Plymouth Theatre Royal Thursday 1 October – Saturday 10 October BOOK ONLINE Manchester Opera House Monday 12 – Saturday 24 October BOOK ONLINE Dubline BGE Theatre Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 7 November BOOK ONLINE Edinburgh Playhouse Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 November BOOK ONLINE Nottingham … Read more

REVIEW: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Minerva Theatre Chichester ✭✭✭✭

Someone To Watch Over Me at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

There are many extraordinary moments from Keenan. Highlights include his improvisation of horse-racing victories; the powerful sequence which opens the second Act when Edward is openly defying his captors and refusing to eat; the absurd, but incredibly touching, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” scene, where he and David Haig’s Michael pretend they are flying over Europe, heading home; the silent, aching horror when he dresses to leave. All of these moments are superbly judged by Keenan, incisive and absorbing. The haunted look his eyes develop over the course of the play is quite remarkable, and will linger with you afterwards.

Show Boat Comes To Sheffield Theatres

Show Boat at Sheffield Theatres December 2015

Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director Daniel Evans has today announced the company for his new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat which will play at the theatre from December 2015 to January 2016. This epic musical is based on the classic novel by Edna Ferber and spans three generations of show folk as they perform along the Mississippi River. Labelled one of the most romantic musicals of all time, Show Boat’s score contains musical theatre standards including Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Cant Help Lovin’ Dat Man. Showboat was a ground-breaking moment in American musical theatre history marking the first time that songs helped tell the story marking the beginning of the modern musical. Evans will direct Michael Xavier as Gaylord Ravenal, Gina Beck as Magnolia Hawks, Lucy Briers as Parthenia Hawks, Sandra Marvin as Queenie, Emmanuel Kojo as Joe, Rebecca Trehearn as Julie La … Read more

What’s On In Manchester – September to October 2015

Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre

Manchester is a vibrant theatre city which plays host to a number of national touring productions as well as housing some of the great producing theatres. So What’s On In Manchester? If you are visiting Manchester we can recommend any of the following productions and look forward to hearing your feedback. SEPTEMBER 2015 Annie The classic children’s musical starring Craig Revel Horwood. Lesley Joseph plays Miss Hannigan on 25/26 September. 15 – 26 September Manchester Opera House Book Tickets Facing the Music with Patricia Routledge An evening with Patricia Routledge in conversation with Edward Seckerson. 9 September 2015 Stockport Plaza Book Tickets The Crucible Arthur Miller’s stage classic comes to the Royal Exchange. 18 September – 24 October 2015 Royal Exchange Theatre Book Tickets Handbagged Moira Buffini’s high-spirited and shrewd piece cleverly explores the nature of history – and what might have gone on behind closed doors 15 – 19 … Read more

REVIEW: Mrs Henderson Presents, Theatre Royal Bath ✭✭✭✭✭

Mrs Henderson Presents Theatre Royal Bath

There is no doubt that Mrs Henderson Presents should transfer to the West End. The material is first-rate and superior to many new musicals that have played there in recent years. It will need a bigger orchestra (and, accordingly, bigger orchestrations) and it could do with some casting fine-tuning and a larger ensemble (another dozen dancers at least) so that a grander sense of scale was permitted. In Bath, it comes across as a superb chamber piece, perfectly suited to the gorgeous Theatre Royal. In the West End, its aim can be higher.

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