Groundhog Day, Old Vic

groundhog-day-1Well over a decade ago Stephen Sondheim expressed some interest in turning the movie Groundhog Day into a musical. Presumably he, too, would have turned to the movie’s scriptwriter Danny Rubin for the book – it is, after all one of those iconic screenplays, as inseparable from the talents of Bill Murray as it might … [Read More]

Ramin Karimloo, London Palladium

RaminStrictly speaking it should have been billed as “Ramin Karimloo and Broadgrass at the London Palladium” – then we might have anticipated the support act and late arrival of the West End and Broadway star known especially for having journeyed through pretty much every principal role in The Phantom of the Opera (and, of course, … [Read More]

Singular Sensations: Charing Cross Theatre

beck-ginaGina Beck – Sunday 16th October 2016 3.00pm

Gina is currently appearing in SHOW BOAT directed by Daniel Evans in the West End. She’s recently appeared in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD at the Watermill Theatre and as Glinda in WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End and on the US national tour. Prior … [Read More]

The Go-Between, Apollo Theatre

100001731_The_Go-Between_performed_at_the_Apollo_Theatre_Michael_Crawford_as_Leo_Colston_©Alastair-large_trans++Eircf1IJXxGlXQAQ-RxKS2c1x0n5CS_bf3K5a229lz8It has taken six years – and Michael Crawford – to bring Richard Taylor and David Wood’s poetic musicalisation of L P Hartley’s The Go-Between to the West End stage; and before the tired old debate begins as to what it is (opera? musical? play with music?), before anyone goes in search of a comforting … [Read More]

Rodgers Revealed

Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers aficionados Jason Carr, Edward Seckerson and Olivier Award nominee Anna Francolini celebrate arguably the greatest and most versatile popular melodist of them all.

This intimate and musical evening will explore the life and music of the extraordinary Richard Rogers: the backstage stories, his demons and struggles, the very different relationships he … [Read More]

Flowers for Mrs Harris, Crucible Sheffield

3488A65F00000578-0-image-a-19_1464050451168You emerge from Flowers for Mrs Harris a little richer, a little lighter, a little more hopeful. Paul Gallico’s enchanting fable is about many things – it’s about new beginnings, rebirth; it’s about aspiration; it’s about the perception of beauty which belongs to us all; and most of all it’s about kindness, pure and simple, … [Read More]

Threepenny Opera, National Theatre

The_Threepenny_OperaJohn Gay started it, Bertold Brecht politicised it, and right now Dougal Irvine has smartly contemporised it in rhyming couplets. But beggars or buskers aside there’s only one Kurt Weill score – insidiously catchy down to its last quaver – and over at the National Theatre they’ve even thrown in “Surabaya Johnny” for good measure. … [Read More]

Bernstein Revealed

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St James Studio Wednesday 22nd June 2016

As we approach the centenary of his birth, Leonard Bernstein enthusiasts Edward Seckerson and Tony Award nominated arranger, composer and musical director Jason Carr are joined by Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann to celebrate the musical superman who bestrode the Broadway stage as whole-heartedly and adeptly as he … [Read More]

A Conversation With Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige Newbury 2Thursday 19th May 2016 @ 11.30am, The Chapel, Sydmonton Court

The Festival is thrilled to welcome Elaine Paige – actress, singer, producer, radio presenter and mega-star of musical theatre – to stunning Sydmonton Court, the private home of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Award-winning Elaine Paige has starred in more smash-hit West End and Broadway musicals than … [Read More]

Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum

sunset-boulevard-3At a time in musical theatre when you never quite know what you are hearing when the band strikes up, seeing was believing that on the stage of the Coliseum there were strings aplenty, horns, bassoons, trumpets, a randy sax and much else that wasn’t for once “sampled”. And in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lushest score, … [Read More]

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