Beautiful, Aldwych Theatre

Musicals stand or fall on their books; docu-musicals are defined by them. Even a bunch of great songs won’t entirely carry an evening on Broadway or in the West End and it’s certainly no coincidence that Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s cracking book for Jersey Boys helped catapult Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons back … [Read More]

Rodgers Revealed

Richard RodgersStarring Anna Francolini, Edward Seckerson and Jason Carr

Salisbury Festival on Tuesday 26 May

Salisbury Playhouse

Richard Rodgers aficionados Jason Carr and Edward Seckerson and Olivier Award winner Anna Francolini celebrate arguably the greatest and most versatile popular melodist of them all. More than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals in a dizzying array … [Read More]

Schumann Quartet release 2nd CD – Liisa Randalu talks to Edward Seckerson

Coverfoto Schumann-CD ohne SchriftThe brothers Erik, Ken, and Mark Schumann founded the SCHUMANN QUARTET in 2007 and it might well have been an all-family affair had the cellist’s twin sister chosen to switch from violin to viola and join them. The Schumann brothers are of German/Japanese heritage – an interesting mix of temperaments – and perhaps because of [Read More]

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rattle, Barbican

Simon Rattle Berlin PhilharmonicSimon Rattle’s Sibelian journey has been long and fruitful and has taken him all the way from Birmingham to Berlin and more particularly the revered Philharmonic where the spaces between the notes now resonate in extraordinary ways and the bass lines are sunk deeper than with any other orchestra on the planet. Beginning their London … [Read More]

A Conversation With Patricia Hodge

Edward Seckerson with Patricia HodgeSt James Theatre

15 February 2015

Patricia Hodge is one of Britain’s most popular and versatile actresses. Her distinguished career on stage, film and television ranges from Shakespeare to comedies and modern classics. Her most recent stage appearance was in the West End revival of Noel Coward’s Relative Values. What is perhaps less well known … [Read More]

A Little Night Music, Palace Theatre

nightmusicposterCan it really be 40 years since Sondheim’s waltzy, nostalgia-flecked, fancy first intoxicated our senses with its promise of indiscretion and insatiable desire? But that’s the thing, isn’t it – every Sondheim piece feels brand new on re-acquaintance and it’s only as you wonder at the unique tinta each of these shows and marvel afresh … [Read More]

Singular Sensations

Singular Sensations - Julian OvendenSingular Sensations

@ Charing Cross Theatre

 

JULIAN OVENDEN

who recently starred in Downton Abbey on ITV, My Night with Reg at the Donmar/Apollo and Showboat in New York

Sun, 8th February, 2015 @ 3pm

 Julian Ovenden trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and regularly appears on stage, screen, in concert, and in … [Read More]

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdownIt’s true that there is something wildly, garishly, theatrical about Pedro Almodóvar’s films – none more so than this rampant farce – but it’s equally true that their sensibility is far removed from what the English might deem farce and that their speed of delivery leaves not a millisecond to draw breath leave alone sing … [Read More]

The Grand Tour, Finborough Theatre

the-grand-tour-mainEverything about this little-known and largely forgotten show – including the title – suggests epic. Multiple locations, ambitious concept, big ideas. But like so much of Jerry Herman’s work – and the received wisdom on it is invariably so wide of the mark – The Grand Tour is a chamber piece at heart. Adapted from … [Read More]

Dame Janet Baker talks to Edward Seckerson at the London Jewish Cultural Centre

Dame Janet Baker at the Jewish Cultural CentreEvery now and again – but only very rarely – a professional engagement comes along that is so personal, so loaded with treasured associations, that it transcends all normal parameters and takes on a significance all of its own. This was such an occasion.

I first met Dame Janet two years ago on the jury … [Read More]