Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

There’s a moment of stunned silence in Imelda Staunton’s storming Mama Rose at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a long, long, moment where neither speaking nor singing she conclusively demonstrates what a difference a great actress makes in this most iconic of musical theatre roles. Just like her mother and husband before, her daughter June has … [Read More]

The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre

You come away from The Scottsboro Boys sure of two things: that the next Cakewalk you ever hear will induce queasiness; and that the show’s director/choreographer Susan Stroman is some kind of genius. This kick-ass UK premiere, now happily transferred from the Young Vic, has a simplicity, a precision, a visceral energy, a choreographic razzle-dazzle … [Read More]

The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic

For a play in which inertia, atrophy, indecision, and the inability to move forward are key elements – aren’t they always in Chekhov – Katie Mitchell’s marvelously busy and concentrated staging of The Cherry Orchard fair zips along. In Simon Stephens’ punchy and highly contemporary translation the comedy is kept sharp and buoyant and immediate … [Read More]

A conversation with Maureen Lipman

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The much-loved and extraordinarily versatile actress who made a sitcom of a commercial and whose stage work has ranged from Olivier’s National Theatre and the musicals of Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers and Hammerstein to a now classic reincarnation of Joyce Grenfell appears in conversation with EDWARD SECKERSON. Joyce will be there … [Read More]

Radio 2 Arts Show with the amazing Claudia Winkleman

bbc_radio_twoDelighted to be back as a regular guest on the the Radio 2 Arts Show with the amazing Claudia Winkleman[Read More]

The Girl of the Golden West, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Girl of the Golden West Susan BullockWell, there won’t be any complaints about performing this one in English – or should that be American. Thank heavens Richard Jones has made Puccini’s spaghetti western an operatic-home-counties-free-zone and got his cast delivering Kelley Rourke’s translation with enough of a trans-Atlantic drawl to affect a colloquial tang. Let’s face it, great swathes of this … [Read More]

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Litton, Barbican Hall

The problem with programming Charles Ives’ Fourth Symphony – and only the very bold and resourceful and/or the BBC are ever likely to do so – is that it eclipses everything, and I mean everything, in its proximity. And if it was my 90th birthday – as indeed it was on this day for … [Read More]

Otello, English National Opera, London Coliseum

It is 30 years ago – but feels like another life – that David Alden first exploded on to English National Opera’s Coliseum stage with his forever notorious cut-price staging of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa. None of us there will ever forget the high-drama of that evening on stage and off. The booing began with the … [Read More]

SOPHIE-LOUISE DANN in Conversation and in Song

St James Studio

 

SOPHIE-LOUISE DANN
SOPHIE-LOUISE DANN in Conversation and in Song
St James Studio Sunday 9 November 3pm

Sophie-Louise Dann is quite simply one of the most engaging and versatile musical theatre performers that the UK has ever produced. Anyone catching her recently in Forbidden Broadway will have marveled at how her uncannily sharp take-offs of Elaine Paige, Julie … [Read More]

Prom 64, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rattle, Royal Albert Hall

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker at the BBC Proms 2014.They were, of course, applauded on to the platform – all of them – and when at the close Simon Rattle turned to us and said “I think you know this already but there is no audience in the world like this one” the tacet response was surely implicit that there is no orchestra in … [Read More]