Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review: The Curing Room at the Pleasance Islington




The Curing Room 
Pleasance Islington
Reviewed on Wednesday 22nd October 2014
★★★★

Following a successful run in Edinburgh - which saw audience members fainting and running out of the theatre to vomit - The Curing Room has transferred to the Pleasance Theatre in Islington. Set in Spring 1944, the play centres around seven Soviet soldiers who have been captured by the Nazis. They have been abandoned in an empty locked cellar in southern Poland and stripped of their clothes.

Linda Gray, Matthew Kelly, Amy Lennox & Liam Doyle star in New Wimbledon Theatre's panto

It has been announced that Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas) will make her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother in the New Wimbledon Theatre’s pantomime, Cinderella! 

Linda said: “I am so delighted to be making my pantomime debut in Cinderella at the beautiful New Wimbledon Theatre. I have heard such great things about British pantomime and I am very excited to get started! I am especially looking forward to working with such a brilliant and talented cast; the script is hilarious, my costume is sensational and I am looking forward to spending Christmas in the wonderful city of London”.

Chichester's Taken At Midnight transfers to the West End starring Penelope Wilton

It has been announced that Jonathan Church's world premiere production of Taken At Midnight will transfer to the West End next year. 

Following the closure of Great Britain, Mark Hayhurst's new play begins performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 15th Janruary 2015 for a limited season until 14th March 2015. 

Penelope Wilton is set to reprise her portrayal of Irmgard in the show which is currently enjoying a sold-out season in Chichester.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to the English National Opera’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the English National Opera’s production of The Gospel According to the Other Mary! To enter the competition, simply sign up to West End Frame's mailing list below.

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Review: Abigail's Party at the Leicester Curve Theatre



Abigail's Party
Leicester Curve Theatre (Studio)
Reviewed on Tuesday 21st October 2014
★★★

One of my absolute all-time favourite plays, Abigail's Party is a dark comedy set in the seventies. Mike Leigh's play, which premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977, is set in the home of Beverly and Laurence on the night they invite over their new neighbours, Tony and Ange. The guest list is completed by Sue, whose daughter Abigail is having a party down the street.

Wendi Peters cast in Oh What A Lovely War

Is has been announced that Wendi Peters will appear in Oh What A Lovely War next year.

Following a sold-out run in spring 2014, Terry Johnson’s hit revival of Oh What A Lovely War will return to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January 2015, before embarking on a national tour.

Wendi Peters is best known for playing Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street. She is currently in rehearsals for White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Her credits also include: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and Rutherford & Son (National Tour). 

Review: Neville’s Island at the Duke Of York's Theatre



Neville’s Island
Duke Of York's Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 18th October (matinee)
★★★★

Last seen in the West End twenty years ago, Neville’s Island is back after a successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Written by Tim Firth, whose name has become synonymous with British comedy after the runaway success of Calendar Girls both on the screen and stage, Neville’s Island explores the relationship between four men who find themselves stranded on an island together.