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#300618 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted dallardice on 14 April 2014 - 10:56 AM

View PostKathryn2, on 14 April 2014 - 07:58 AM, said:

The highlights show cut out far too much - it really does make it look like musical showcase. The intro mentioned that it was a celebration of theatre, opera and dance but did we actually see any opera/ dance awards?!

Very disappointed they cut Joseph Calleja's performance too - had a look to see if some of the cut awards or performances were available online but it doesn't look like it.  Given that they were all filmed, it's even more disappointing not to have them available.

#298862 London Live To Screen Plays

Posted dallardice on 31 March 2014 - 09:17 AM

The strand is called "Digital Theatre Presents" and "Lovesong" is being shown on Saturday 1.30pm-3.30pm and Sunday from 4pm-6pm.

London Live is on Freeview, Sky and Virgin if you're in London (not sure quite how precisely they define that) but will also have an internet stream on londonlive.co.uk.

They have an entertainment strand every night at 6.30pm called "London Go" and their flagship "Not the One Show" at 7pm will also apparently cover theatre, both West End and Fringe.

#297832 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted dallardice on 24 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

The humour is so British that I think it would need huge rewrites for it to work anywhere else - it wouldn't just be a case of changing the judge characters.  I can't begin to imagine how they could adapt it.

#297405 I Can't Sing - Changes (Spoilers)

Posted dallardice on 20 March 2014 - 05:12 PM

Don't remember anything about a charm bracelet today.

#296214 Fatal Attraction To The Haymarket?

Posted dallardice on 11 March 2014 - 11:51 AM

Piece from yesterday's Guardian about how the story has changed from the film for the stage version.
(Warning, mild spoilers)

#295588 1984 At The Almeida

Posted dallardice on 07 March 2014 - 01:18 PM

That's going to be a shock if someone hasn't realised that Spamalot has closed...!

#295229 Do I Hear A Waltz?

Posted dallardice on 05 March 2014 - 07:25 PM

The Almeida also offers discounted preview tickets to people who live in Islington, which is clearly designed as an outreach program to connect the theatre with its local community... the only problem is that Islington has some of the most expensive houses in London, but is also amongst the highest levels of social housing in England.  It would be interesting to know how effective the 'local residents' discount was in terms of bringing people into the theatre who wouldn't already be there (shades of Donmar Front Row...)

#292957 West End Recast

Posted dallardice on 14 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

Here's the story - already booked for this, sounds like it could be a lot of fun....


Musical theatre stars including Frances Ruffelle, Daniel Boys, Cynthia Erivo and Jenna Russell will be able to sing songs from roles they'll never be cast in at West End Recast, a one-off concert at the Duke of York's Theatre on 16 March.
The show, which has "no boundaries", will let the stars sing whatever they like, regardless of age, sex or even singing voice. It will feature songs from shows including Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Rent, Dreamgirlsand La Cage Aux Folles.
Also joining the cast will be Simon Bailey, Rebecca Brewer, Martin Callaghan, Nick Holder, Leon Lopez,Laura Pitt-Pulford, Jon Robyns and Emma Williams, with more to be announced.
Billed as a "rare opportunity to witness the musical theatre impossible", West End Recast is directed byAdam Lensen, whose directed credits include Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough).
Tickets for the concert can be booked at 0844 871 7627 or online.


#292670 Rupert Goold's First Almeida Season

Posted dallardice on 12 February 2014 - 07:06 PM

Just back from a briefing by Rupert Goold to Almeida members.  I'm very excited about the season and what he will bring to the theatre.

He was reluctant to define a 'manifesto' but his passion is about relevance and attracting and developing new talent.  He is not opposed to programming revivals, but would look at their relevance to today rather then reviving for its own sake.  For example, he had lunch with Ralph Fiennes last week about a very significant role in a revival.  He is very keen on new musical theatre, given the strength of British playwrights and British music, but cautioned that new musicals take a long time in development - American Psycho took three years to come to stage (and he mentioned as we have heard elsewhere that they are aiming for a West End transfer around the end of the year)

His intention is to only announce a couple of plays at a time, this is partly about creating a buzz more frequently than a twice-yearly season would allow, it's also a reflection that development of new work can be challenging and it allows flexibility in reshuffling work.

He spoke in detail about the two shows announced today, both of which sound very appealling to me.  King George III has specific nods to Shakespeare and is in part an attempt by Mike Bartlett to create meaty roles for classical actors in contemporary works.  He also revealed some casting in that Tim Piggott-Smith will play Charles, with Oliver Chris (One Man Two Guvnors) as William and Richard Goulding (Posh, Almeida's Lear) as Harry.  For Mr Burns, he is working with Orlando Gough (of The Shout) in the context of the (significant) musical contribution to the show.  He also said there had been something of a "feeding frenzy" to get the UK premiere of Mr Burns and was delighted to have got it!

#291047 Day Seats - Royal Court Theatre

Posted dallardice on 29 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

View Postjaqs, on 28 January 2014 - 05:04 PM, said:

Surprised to hear it's sold out, there were loads left couple of weeks ago.

I think the many production pics and reviews describing Russell Tovey in his pants may have made a difference...

#289073 Tell Me On A Sunday Question

Posted dallardice on 10 January 2014 - 01:14 PM

Tend to agree with what you said Reich based on what I saw last night.  The show reminded me of those tours where ageing rock bands reunite to perform a 'classic album' from start to finish and end up singing what are now very inappropriate lyrics in their best efforts to rekindle the thing that made them magic 30 or 40 years ago...

I felt the songs were taken at a overly rapid pace last night and without the encore we were out by 9.10 so I can see why the first act was added.  The Bonnie & Clyde songs were turgid and, although it's a while since I saw Urinetown, I didn't feel that the songs or performances reflected the show I saw.  It will be interesting to see if this reflects the forthcoming St James production.

Enjoyed it as a curiosity but no more than that.  Almost worth it for the giggle and theatrical glare after a 69-yo sings the line "and if he gets his skates on, we can have some kids as well" though...

#285914 Mark Shenton Fired From Sunday Express

Posted dallardice on 05 December 2013 - 06:18 PM

I know that there are very mixed opinions about Mark Shenton on here, but I was sorry to see that he was fired from the Sunday Express for what seems a truly bizarre reason given the source of the proprietor's fortune...


My guess is that they'd been looking to get rid for a while - I've thought it surprising that the Sunday Express of all papers kept a theatre review column going - and found a way where they could allege they weren't to blame. Pretty despicable behaviour in my view. If you can't afford him, ok. If you don't like what he writes, fine. But for this reason...

#285261 American Psycho

Posted dallardice on 29 November 2013 - 05:04 PM

Hot gossip: there will be fluorescent pink dumbbells in this.  Judging by the paint-spraying going on in Almeida St yesterday.

#283920 Ghosts At The Almeida And Trafalgar

Posted dallardice on 15 November 2013 - 12:53 AM

Transferring to Trafalgar Studios from Dec 9 according to the Mail.

#279736 Much Ado About Nothing - Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones

Posted dallardice on 04 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

View PostNicholas, on 03 October 2013 - 11:56 PM, said:

P.S. How was the MAAN Q&A tonight?

I am ashamed to say that we took the decision not to trek down to Waterloo and instead very much enjoyed 'The Pride'.