The Force of Destiny, London Coliseum

100613Whenever the name Calixto Bieito is mentioned it’s invariably to mention ‘the toilets’ – not the reasons for them, just the fact that they were there at all. That production of Verdi’s A Masked Ball was one of the most theatrical and exciting in English National Opera’s post-powerhouse era. It’s true that Bieito’s passion can … [Read More]

A Conversation With Dame Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg002Sunday 7th February 2016 at 3.00pm, St James Theatre

Dame Diana Rigg is one of our most distinguished actresses and has had an extensive, award-winning career in theatre, film and television.

Dame Diana trained at RADA, made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company … [Read More]

Glenn Close talks Sunset Boulevard at ENO

Glenn Close 2On Monday 2nd November 2015, Edward hosted a press conference with Hollywood and Broadway star Glenn Close, and writers Don Black and Christopher Hampton to launch the eagerly anticipated, semi-staged performances of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard at English National Opera in April and May 2016.

Full performance details and booking information … [Read More]

Elf, Dominion Theatre

ElfThere’s nothing wrong with Elf that a decent song or two wouldn’t help put right. Oh, wait, there is one – “Nobody Cares About Santa” – which bucks up act two no end and turns rather deliciously into a chorus line of Santas with swinging sacks. But it’s also the only moment where Matthew Sklar … [Read More]

The Stationmaster, Tristan Bates Theatre

Aria Entertainment’s From Page to Stage platform for new writing in musical theatre is another of those life-lines which refreshes the parts that the West End so rarely reaches – and to see a fledgling musical like The Stationmaster find its feet and roar for the first time on a stage, in a theatre, is … [Read More]

Singular Sensations

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Julie Atherton – Sunday 8th November 2015 3.00pm

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most versatile performers, with a distinctive voice and unmatched comic timing. The Preston-born star is also a well known as a supporter of … [Read More]



As we approach the centenary of his birth, Leonard Bernstein enthusiasts Edward Seckerson and composer, arranger 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 did the world’s great concert halls.

This intimate musical evening … [Read More]

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly, Barbican

MA5_8872There’s an old conductor’s adage which suggests that the only way safe to start Strauss’ Don Juan is to start before the applause has died – that way no one hears any imperfections in the upward rush of strings. Remembering those words made me smile as Riccardo Chailly and his magnificent Leipzig orchestra leapt as … [Read More]

La Boheme, English National Opera

287451_770_previewSo this is the moment where the tables are turned and La Boheme, the opera, takes its cue from Rent, the musical, and Rodolfo the poet’s observation that he has “a few more lines” to finish takes on a rather different connotation. An entirely redundent blog in a certain national newspaper seemed to … [Read More]

In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre

In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan PerssonLin-Manuel Miranda is America’s new Poet Laureate. When I first saw his fledgling opus IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway it struck me that here was the moment where all the existing catergories previously used to define musical theatre ceased to mean anything. Here was a Rap opera, a play, a fable, a Latino dance fest … [Read More]


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