High Society, Old Vic

It 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

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 Singular Sensations

@ Charing Cross Theatre

now in association with

TIME OUT

Sunday 7 June 3pm ALEX GAUMOND
Sunday  5 July 3pm SALLY ANN TRIPLETT
Sunday 19 July 3pm CYNTHIA ERIVO
Sunday 23 August PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE

Alex GaumondAlex Gaumond – ‘One of the UK’s most versatile musical theatre performers; from Emmett in *Legally Blonde *to Miss … [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….

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/theatre/9486232/sweeney-todd-eno-review-blunt-and-bloody/[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]

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]