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#273617 Titanic Musical - Chamber Version At Southwark Playhouse

Posted hotshot on 28 July 2013 - 10:59 PM

i must the only person who isn't raving about it :P

think that i might need to rebook to see it again to see whether i was sorely mistaken haha

will be interesting to see what the critics think of it (may be a future calling if it aint raves ) :P


#259429 The Book Of Mormon

Posted chess on 22 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

View Postfreckles, on 22 March 2013 - 07:40 AM, said:

I was wondering what the automation was too? Can only think of the platforms perhaps or maybe there was something in Spooky Mormon Hell? But it seemed a very basic set.

I think there's too much obsession from reviewers with "what is the show actually saying?".

It's fun, it's lighthearted, it's naughty, has bits of satire & spoof, but it's a musical for goodness' sake & I think some people just need to lighten up.

i agree completely. This is  just a fun night out and it delivers, it's not shakespeare, nor does it want to be. I had the best of times in the prince of wales.


#259427 The Book Of Mormon

Posted freckles on 22 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

I was wondering what the automation was too? Can only think of the platforms perhaps or maybe there was something in Spooky Mormon Hell? But it seemed a very basic set.

I think there's too much obsession from reviewers with "what is the show actually saying?".

It's fun, it's lighthearted, it's naughty, has bits of satire & spoof, but it's a musical for goodness' sake & I think some people just need to lighten up.


#259210 Barbra Streisand Live! European Tour

Posted Stage Hand on 20 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

Bab's you are a Goddess but at those prices I think I will stick to your CDs


#259168 Barbra Streisand Live! European Tour

Posted FireFingers on 20 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

My apologies lesterf, Ticketmaster have now put up £65 tickets (+ almost 8 quids worth of fees). I wonder how much of the place will be at the £65 range though... And a seat in the upper tier at the 02 isn't worth that anyway, she'll be teeny tiny, more like Barbra Streis-ant.

I'll get my coat.


#257001 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted Steffi on 03 March 2013 - 04:34 PM

I loved Stephane's Cosmo. I really enjoyed Daniel in the part as well but this role is just perfect for Stephane. He's very funny and his singing and dancing is fantastic. I've seen him in various shows since 1999 and always thought he's at his best when he gets to combine humour and great dancing (like in this show).


#256968 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted Catqc on 03 March 2013 - 02:53 PM

How were Louise Bowden and Stephane?


#256208 Wos Awards

Posted poster J on 26 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

View PostSteffi, on 25 February 2013 - 02:05 PM, said:

As much as I think it is good to give the public a chance to "mingle" amongst the nominees I still don't understand how it wasn't possible to reserve enough seats for the nominees in the stalls.
If I had planned this event I would simply have reserved a seat plus one for each nominee. Even if tickets go on sale before the shortlists are announced it is clear how many nominees there will be in each category so there must be a rough idea how many seats will be needed should every nominee (plus one guest) attend.
In order to make sure those seats can still be sold on in case nominees can't make the event there should simply be a RSVP deadline for the nominees. Just tell everyone in order to secure a seat in the stalls they have to RSVP by a certain date, otherwise they might face being seated elsewhere.

But don't let nominees turn up on the night just to find out they are sitting in the upper circle!

Exactly.  I don't understand why the correct number of seats cannot be reserved in the stalls, then if people decline you can open them up to public sale afterwards!


#256068 Wos Awards

Posted Steffi on 25 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

As much as I think it is good to give the public a chance to "mingle" amongst the nominees I still don't understand how it wasn't possible to reserve enough seats for the nominees in the stalls.
If I had planned this event I would simply have reserved a seat plus one for each nominee. Even if tickets go on sale before the shortlists are announced it is clear how many nominees there will be in each category so there must be a rough idea how many seats will be needed should every nominee (plus one guest) attend.
In order to make sure those seats can still be sold on in case nominees can't make the event there should simply be a RSVP deadline for the nominees. Just tell everyone in order to secure a seat in the stalls they have to RSVP by a certain date, otherwise they might face being seated elsewhere.

But don't let nominees turn up on the night just to find out they are sitting in the upper circle!


#255912 James Mcavoy - Macbeth At Trafalgar Studios

Posted Stevemar on 24 February 2013 - 01:25 AM

I enjoyed this a lot - saw it in previews about a week before opening. We were fortunate enough to have front row seats - not on the stage, where some people were definitely splashed and the reactions from the audience there were quite amusing to some of the more dramatic scenes - one lady's reactions to a brutal killing and Macbeth seemingly addressing her were amusing.

James McAvoy was outstanding, as hoped for and even his character's stammer from Three Days of Rain made a comeback. On a superficial note, he certainly introduces a new line in "distressed" knitwear. He brought a ruthlessness to the role, but also captured the light and shade in a mostly "bang, flash, bang" production. I thought Claire Foy was quite hesistant but still fine and but I always got the impression that Lady Macbeth is seen as more controlling. Personally, I found Jamie Ballard far too shouty although others seem to disagree - I would say though, this was during the previews. When I saw this a week ago, I thought the critics might be divided, but it seems to be 4* across the board.

As for the production, as well as the bloodiest one I have seen, maybe Jamie Lloyd overdid the soundtrack/strobe lighting, which then made the quieter scenes almost too slow. On the thread, there seems to have been quite a lot of criticism of his style (or lack of style) but I have found his productions of The Pride, Three Days of Rain and Donmar (Piaf, Passion and even Polar Bears - yes!) very good at focussing on the characters and with excellent support from the lighting/set design. Perhaps though he was overwhelmed by the Olivier stage on She Stoops to Conquer, but this marks a welcome return to form.


#255295 Wos Awards

Posted Titan on 19 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

Thats true but some of the issues are why some shows were considered to be ok for the shortlist in the first place. An arena tour? I mean seriously

With regards to the regional production. Touring shows are considered regional I guess because they are in the regions, often designed to be and few people have access to a regional producing house (e.g Chichester, Sheffield, Leicester).  BUt maybe splitting the award in two would open things up more.


#255304 Wos Awards

Posted Catqc on 19 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

I watched the awards on the streaming and I thought the worst thing was the presenters - if the awards are meant to be a joke, then get presenters who treat them like a joke, but if not...!! The swearing was completely unnecessary as were the insults to people who "just wanted to watch people being given awards". Could have been better if they'd streamed the performances, too


#255294 Salad Days

Posted Schuttep on 19 February 2013 - 10:07 AM

I've seen this show 3 times already; the last was this production at the Riverside 2 years ago.

We're taking friends to see it on 24 Feb. It is utterly charming; as has been said, the audience must suspend beilef for a couple of hours. Do that, and a magical time will be had by all.

Highly recommended (and I am a theatregoer pure and simple - I have nothing to do with the production, in case you ask).


#255130 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted Horton on 18 February 2013 - 07:24 AM

and his hard-working assistants!


#254949 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted theatre_kirsty on 16 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

Well that was an incredible performance. Never seen anything like it. The whole cast really blew the show out the water. Big applause for Katherine Kingsley and Daniel Crossley. There were no speeches but there was extra water kicked over the first few rows and being on the front I got a good soaking! I will really miss this cast they all work so well together and I think the next cast have a lot to live upto!