Julian Eaves take a look at Zoo Nation’s Sylvia which has been showcased as a work in progress at the Old Vic Theatre. Sylvia Old Vic Theatre, 19th September 2018 This extraordinary, astonishing, ambitious and beautiful new musical breaks new ground in virtually all departments in this initial showing of a work-in-progress version at Matthew Warchus’ amazing Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo. And, bear this in mind: it is hardly credible, but the team behind it has had barely a year to put it all together since the theatre commissioned it. Rarely have we seen such a phenomenon on the British musical stage. Those lucky audiences who found their way into its brief 3-week run at The Cut will feel honored to have got in on something so wonderful at such an early stage. It’s going away for a year to be re-written and polished, and then it will be … Read more
The play triumphantly uncovers and re-asserts McQueen’s credo that design is at its best an act of love of the person – a summing up of who that man or woman was, is and may become – and therefore lies, paradoxically, in the mind as much as purely in the visual sense. It was for this reason that Alexander McQueen chose the Shakespeare line that heads this review to wear as a tattoo – a blazon for his time, and – surely – for all our times.
Following its success at the St James Theatre, McQueen opens tonight at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season until 7 November 2015. McQueen is a journey into the visionary imagination and dream world of Alexander McQueen, fashion’s greatest contemporary artist. Set on a single London night, it is more than a bio-play. It is stepping into the fairy story landscape of McQueen’s mind, the landscape seen in his immortal shows, where with a dress an urchin can become an Amazon, where beauty might just help us survive the night. A girl has watched McQueen’s Mayfair house for eleven consecutive days. Tonight she climbs down from her watching tree and breaks into his house, to steal a dress, to become someone special. He catches her, but, instead of calling the police, they embark together on a journey through London and into his heart. McQueen features Stephen Wight in the … Read more
What is most impressive about Lloyd’s Assassins is the way it can walk the line between tragedy and farce, between opera and vaudeville, with integrity and precision. Chris Bailey’s quite wonderful choreography makes you feel exuberant and queasy at the same time. More than anything else, the emphasis here is on putting the Musical into Assassins.
Tony nominated actor Aaron Tveit will join the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Assassins will make Tveit’s UK stage debut. His credits include Next To Normal on Broadway and the film of Les Miserables. He is currently appearing in the hit television police drama Graceland. Casting for the production also includes Jamie Parker (The History Boys, Chichester Guys and Dolls), Harry Morrison (Guys and Dolls), Carly Bawden (Pippin, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Stewart Clarke (The Return Of The Soldier, Chost, Loserville), Simon Lipkin (Avenue Q, Rock Of Ages), Mike McShane (Little Shop Of Horrors, La Cage Aux Folles), Harry Morrison (Crazy For You, Kiss Me Kate), Andy Nyman (Abigail’s Party), Jamie Parker (Proof, Ghost Stories), David Roberts ( Aspects Of Love), and Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, Much Ado About Nothing). With music by Stephen Sondheim and Book by John … Read more