News: Rock musical – Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus Directed by Arlene Phillips opens at The Other Palace on 10 March 2018 @MythMusical @arlenephillips @sammalcassidy ‏

Look at this picture –  if you can resist going to buy tickets off the back of this poster right now, you are a strong person than I.
But there is more than just a great looking advert to persuade you. The big names behind it as well as what looks like a great storyline means it really does sound like it will be quite the show!

 

rockRock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, is a modern retelling of the Ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, looking at mental illness and addiction in society and more specifically the rock music business, with a storyline with echoes of the tragically short lives of some of music’s brightest stars, including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.It will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday 10 – Saturday 17 March 2018. The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band.

 

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Review: 5***** Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre @DreamgirlsLDN @SavoyTheatreLdn

#Tweetingit –  5***** A classic tale of ambition, greed and envy. A brilliant cast with songs to die for and the wondrous Marisha Wallace exercising her vocal chords…it just has to be Dreamgirls!

June 1982: I had just scraped my way onto a business studies course and was happily training for life as a full-time student. A Friday evening imbibing at the local hostelry was followed by a kebab and the ritual fumble for my house key. Once indoors, I switched on the telly and began channel hopping, which back then didn’t take very long (only three to choose from, Channel 4 was due to launch later that year). I settled on highlights of the Tony Awards, Broadway theatre’s equivalent to the Oscars. 

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As I sobered up, one musical kept coming back, over and over again as it won six awards out of a total thirteen nominations; that musical was Dreamgirls.Jennifer Holiday won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical; and delivered a bone shaking rendition of the show’s biggest tune, And I’m telling you I’m not going. I had to see this show! Thirty-five years later I finally made it, as the Savoy Theatre played host to the UK premiere.

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Review: 5***** The Ratpack: Live from Las Vegas – Theatre Royal Haymarket @RatPack_Live @TRH_London

#Tweetingit – 5* Timeless songs delivered with consummate ease. Proof that style never goes out of fashion. The Ratpack is back – get it while you can! 

As a child growing up in the 70s, Sunday evenings followed a familiar ritual; my brothers and I would disappear upstairs as the chart countdown started at 5pm. 41N7RJV9AyL.jpgAs we were upstairs, my parents took control of the lounge; Mum relaxed with a snowball (advocaat and lemonade); while Dad put his records on:  Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin among many others. Our house had some wild sounds emanating from it; Bowie, Slade and T.Rex upstairs and the Rat Pack downstairs!

My Dad dropped the usual parental clichés, including his claim they don’t write songs like that anymore. He said I’d understand one day. Well, that day has long since come and gone; I now have the same respect and affection for this special genre. So I jumped at the opportunity to see the Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas, a passionate love letter to the Great American Song Book.

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Upcoming shows: Austen the Musical UK Tour – January 11th – March 29th @AustenMusical @christhislop

A celebration of a much loved British writer, Jane Austen, Rob Winlow’s new musical Austen reveals the woman behind the words, and it tours the UK this Spring.

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Following the bicentennial of her death, this is a portrait of an icon as a human being.

Austen investigates the life of an author struggling as much with affairs of
the heart as with ambitions for her art.

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News: 2018 at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury @themarlowetheatre @themarlowestudio

It’s a new year and an exciting time for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. With a whole host of excellent shows coming its way (starting with Crazy for You).4. CRAZY FOR YOU. Company. Photo Richard Davenport_preview

All this alongside a new Artistic Director and an independent charitable trust taking over its management, this looks to be a big year for the theatre.

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Review: 5* Bananaman the musical @Bananamanshow @swkplay ‏@kevinwilsonPR

Tweetingit: 5***** – You will not find a single slip up in this nostalgia-fuelled musical. If you want to see an a-peeling production with endless laughs, this will be ripe up your Acacia Road.

Spoiler alert: This review has bunches of banana and fruit-based puns – you have been warned

When telling people I was going to see Bananaman the musical, there were two responses: “OMG that’s awesome!” or “ *confused face* HUH?”

Anyone born between about 1980 and 1990 will remember Bananama – a little boy called bananaman_0Eric who lives on Acacia Road, who, when he eats a banana, turns into Bananaman, “Ever alert for the call to action!” He is a comicbook satirical superhero with the muscles of twenty men, the brains of twenty mussels and a jawline you can see from space. He is not the sharpest tool in the shed and often has to be guided by his friends in order to save the day.

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Archive review: 5***** Finding Joy @vamostheatre @marlowetheatre

Originally posted on Review Hub  http://www.thereviewshub.com/finding-joy-marlowe-theatre-canterbury/ in 2014

With Vamos theatre coming back to the Marlowe on the 4th of October, I thought it was time to reshare my review of Finding Joy. This is an amazing play and worth every tear!

A fully masked play with no dialogue about dementia? Well, that sounds like a finding joyharrowing night out – but I promise, this is a play which is more than worth the tears.

If you ever ranked types of theatre with mime firmly at the bottom, Finding Joy will change your mind completely. I was certainly one of those people who would never have considered going to see a mime/mask performance but in the last few months, I have seen two fabulous productions, including this one, and I won’t look back.

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Review: ROYAL VAUXHALL 5***** @thervt ‏

#Tweetingit: Princess Diana. Freddie Mercury. Kenny Everett. Drag. Drugs. A fabulous gay bar – what more do you want? 5*

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‘Royal Vauxhall’ tells the alleged tale of Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett and Princess Diana and their wild night out at one of London’s legendary gay venues, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.Twenty years after her untimely demise and based on real accounts, Royal Vauxhall commemorates Diana’s death with a insightful play on a right royal night out.

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Review: 5***** The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time @curiousonstage @marlowetheatre

#tweeting it: 5***** An emotional, poignant and, in parts, funny portrayal of the struggles of people with autism. This production is astonishing

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted for stage by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s mystery novel, is very much a work about obsessions.curious 3 The more obvious of these obsessions are those of the protagonist, Christopher, portrayed quite amazingly by Scott Reid, who we meet crouched on the floor next to the corpse of the titular dog at the beginning of the play. They are clear and laid out, elucidated in character monologues, ably assisted by some fantastic LED based set design.

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5***** The Ginstitute at The Portobello Star @the_ginstitute

#Tweetingit – 5***** – A Gincredible experience for gin lovers and newcomers alike

Now  technically this isn’t a theatre review, but a masterclass review, but we think that it felt like a lot of the immersive, interactive theatre events that have been springing up around London of late.  Oh, and we totally loved it so think that everyone should go!

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A group of 4 of us attended as part of the seemingly year-long 30th birthday celebrations for Playhouse Pickings’ very own Rhiannon Lawson – who happens to be rather a fan of “mother’s ruin”.  Two more of us are practised gin-soaks and our fourth has recently discovered that gin isn’t all that bad if you don’t add tonic to it, so is very much on a learning curve at the moment.

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