Mark Ludmon gets ready to go talent spotting in search of future stars Tickets for Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse have been like gold dust but, a few years ago, you could have managed to see TV and film star James Norton along with a host of other familiar names with a lot more ease. You might have caught him alongside Daisy May Cooper, the star of hit BBC comedy This Country, in Marius von Mayenburg’s The Stone, or appearing with James McArdle – soon to be in Angels in America on Broadway – in Shaw’s Man and Superman. As part of the same season, you could have enjoyed performances by Joshua McGuire, Alexandra Roach, Susan Wokoma, Phoebe Fox, Nick Hendrix, Seline Hizli, Ivanno Jeremiah, Tom Kay, Jenna Augen, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Cynthia Erivo and several other well-known faces from TV, film and stage, all performing together in final-year student productions … Read more
Tickets are now on sale for a West End revival of the song cycle Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, taking place at the Criterion Theatre on Sunday 31 May 2015. More than 30 of the West End’s most talented performers will take to the stage for the special “one night only” performance in aid of The Make A Difference Trust, with direction by Stephen Whitson and musical direction by Dean Austin. Cast members who are confirmed so far* include: Vivienne Acheampong, Simon Bailey, Paul Baker, Daniel Boys, Natalie Bush, James Charlton, Adam Colbeck Dunn, Michelle Crook, Fra Fee, Sarah French, Tom Gillies, Rachel Lea Gray, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Emma Hatton, Paul Hazel, Nick Hendrix, Graham Hoadly, Freddy Hutchins, Lauren Ingram, Kurt Kansley, Emma Kingston, Emma Lindars, Leon Lopez, Grace McKee, Matt McKenna, Ako Mitchell, Ursula Mohan, Katie Paine, Michael Pickering, Ella Marshall-Pinder, Kelly Price, Sophia Ragavelas, Grace Reynolds, Paul Riddiford, … Read more
Front and centre, shouldering a Herculean workload of complicated, dense dialogue, is Ralph Fiennes in absolutely cracking form. He has unflagging energy and although he rattles the text at a remarkable speed, he gives full value to each word and makes clear, uncomplicated sense of every passage. He is phenomenal, like a bolt of electricity confined to the stage. Simon Godwin’s stunning production makes Shaw’s play, a philosophical tennis match of volleyed ideas and ideals, burst with wit, innovation and utter delight.