Michelle Collins joins cast of new Park Theatre comedy

My Dad's Gap Year Michelle Collins

The full cast has been announced for new comedy My Dad’s Gap Year at London’s Park Theatre, led by Michelle Collins. Running from 30 January to 23 February, the play by Tom Wright follows the journeys of three characters. Dave, played by Adam Lannon, and his 18-year-old gay son William, played by Alex Britt, both find romance on an adventure to Thailand. Collins, best known from EastEnders and Coronation Street, will play William’s mum who embarks on her own journey of self-discovery after becoming newly single. They are joined in the cast by Max Percy and the previously announced Victoria Gigante. The production is directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, with set and costume design by Sarah Beaton, lighting by Derek Anderson and sound by Benjamin Winter. The production will be accompanied by a full supporting programme and outreach activity. Two post-show talks will take place each week during the run, covering … Read more

UPCOMING: Musical Theatre For Shopkeepers

Tomorrow Maybe a new musical

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 Beverley Cross’s ‘Half A Sixpence’. But perhaps even Wells’ clairvoyance might have fallen short of grasping just what a powerful role the British fascination with trade would play in its musical theatre creations of the early 21st century. Two shows seen earlier in London (and now entertaining the crowds in Edinburgh), and another housed in a temporary space in the capital, open our eyes and ears to the powerful influence that commercial life still exerts upon national life. First, in ‘Tomorrow, Maybe‘, we pop into … Read more

REVIEW: Yarico, London Theatre Workshop ✭✭✭

Yarico at the London Theatre Workshop

The tale of Yarico has a potency and universality that makes it almost perfect subject matter for treatment as a musical or opera. What makes the entire experience worth seeing and savouring is the terrific central turn from Liberty Buckland as Yarico. Buckland has a wonderful voice, full of colour and expression, and she knows precisely how to use it to best effect. Alex Spinney has an excellent, assured voice, light and agile, and he certainly has no difficulty playing the attractive leading man.