Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse

Never in a million years would you guess that GRAND HOTEL – now brilliantly revived at the Southwark Playhouse – is one of Broadway’s great rescue jobs. That something seemingly so organic, so cohesive, so intricate, could have reached the final stages of production in such trouble that even a force of nature like Maury … [Read More]

Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall

Philadelphia Orchestra Nézet-SéguinThe venerable and venerated Philadelphia Orchestra swept into London bearing gifts and mixed messages from Nico Muhly. Actually that was the title of his crowd-pleasing opener for the orchestra – Mixed Messages (UK Premiere) – and for a moment or two the confusion implicit in the title might have extended to the identity of the … [Read More]

High Society, Old Vic

High Society Old VicIt took 30 years for High Society to make its laborious transition from screen to stage. There are good reasons for that. The indelible  impression left by the movie and its star Grace Kelly was undoubtedly the biggest of them and before that, of course, there was the play – The Philadelphia Story – and … [Read More]

The Pirates of Penzance, London Coliseum

pirates of penzance @ ENOLet it never be said that English National Opera hasn’t done its bit for Gilbert and Sullivan – but the fact that only one its several stagings has achieved recognition and longevity surely says something about the very particular difficulties of this fragile repertoire and the suitability (or otherwise) of the London Coliseum as a … [Read More]

Almeida’s Carmen Disruption composer Simon Slater Talks to Edward Seckerson

Carmen DisruptionSimon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption upends the expectations of anyone entering the Almeida Theatre. It’s a kind of living poetry, taking its cue from Bizet’s ever-popular opera but taking it into ever darker territory. When does an artist’s assumption of a role end and real life take over? This is the Carmen we know and love, [Read More]

Singular Sensations

JAMIE PARKERSingular Sensations


Jamie Parker

Sunday 9th August 2015


Patricia Routledge

Sunday 23 August 2015

@ Charing Cross Theatre

now in association with


Jamie Parker is a hugely versatile actor and singer with numerous stage, TV and film roles to his credit. An original cast member of The History Boys at the [Read More]

Sweeney Todd, London Coliseum

ENO-Sweeney-Todd-Emma-Thompson-and-ensemble-c-Tristram-KentonReview for this week’s edition of THE SPECTATOR….. Attend the tale….[Read More]

A Sneak Preview of Bend It Like Beckham

A youtube video of the opening number! You saw it here first (hopefully)!!!

Interested in learning more? Read  ‘an earlier post about this musical’ written by Edward Seckerson last year.

“It is the afternoon of Friday 2 May in the none too prepossessing upstairs studio of the Dominion Theatre and I am one of a … [Read More]

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]