Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review: Porgy and Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre



Porgy and Bess
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 26th July 2014
★★★★

Regarded as "a landmark piece of American theatre," I knew very little about the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess prior to seeing this production. I relished every moment of discovering this uniquely iconic piece of theatre for the very first time.

Pasek and Paul to host London masterclass at the St James Theatre

Ahead of the European premiere of Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse, Pasek and Paul are running an intimate masterclass at the St James Theatre during their stay in London.

The masterclass takes place on Friday 15th August 2014 between 10am and 2pm. Just 12 spaces are avaliable to take part in the masterclass with the Tony Award nominated composers as well as a small number of observer spaces.

The session will cover audition technique and characterisation through song work. Each participant must prepare a song of their choice to be worked on with Benj and Justin who are happy to work through songs from any composer.

Full casting announced for Albion at the Bush Theatre starring Natalie Casey & Steve John Shepherd

Full casting has been announced for the world première of Chris Thompson’s Albion. 

The cast includes: Delroy Atkinson (Kyle), Natalie Casey (Christine), Tony Clay (Jayson), Paul Ham (Presenter/Masooma/Interviewer), Nicola Harrison (Caroline/Poppy/Manager/Teacher), Dharmesh Patel (Aashir) and Steve John Shepherd (Paul).

Albion runs at the Bush Theatre between Friday 12th September and Sayurday 25th October 2014. Ria Parry directs. 

Review: Natural Affection at the Jermyn Street Theatre



Natural Affection
Jermyn Street Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 26th July 2014
★★

"The world looks awful ugly at times..."

Based on a newspaper story about a senseless killing, Natural Affection sees troubled child Donnie (Louis Cardona) return from reform school to live with his mother Sue (Lysette Anthony) and her new boyfriend Bernie (Timothy Knightley). Donnie, who has spent most of his life in an orphanage, has an unnatural love of his mother, but her rejection leads to the play's tragic conclusion.

Monday, 28 July 2014

West End run of Rabbit Hole postponed due to "scheduling issues"

According to The Stage, the upcoming West End run of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole has been postponed. Matthew Hemley reports this is due to "scheduling issues."

It had been announced that Nigel Harman would direct Joanne Froggatt in the production. Rabbit Hole was supposed to run at the Vaudeville Theatre between Thursday 11th September and Saturday 22nd November.

Luckily it's not all bad news as Forbidden Broadway will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre (following its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory) for a limited run between Tuesday 9th September and Saturday 22nd November 2014. 

Producers Creative Management and Productions, James Quaife Productions and Celia Atkin have released a statement which reads: "Our production of Rabbit Hole will be postponed from the planned September opening at the Vaudeville Theatre as due to a late shift in schedules, it is unable to go ahead at this time.”

Bakersfield Mist announces early closure

It has been announced that Bakersfield Mist will end its West End run earlier than planned. 

The play, which stars Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid, was supposed to run at the Duchess Theatre until Saturday 30th August. However, producers have confirmed the show will instead close on Saturday 9th August.

Forbidden Broadway transfers to West End; Christina Bianco joins cast

It has been announced that Forbidden Broadway will transfer to the West End following its successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

The production will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th September for a limited eleven week run ending on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Current cast members Damian Humbley, Anna-Jane Casey and Ben Lewis will star in the transfer alongside Christina Bianco. As well as being a YouTube sensation, Bianco has appeared in the New York production of Forbidden Broadway.