Sitting In The Cheap Seats

Sitting In The Cheap Seats

Theatre reviews and news from The West End, around the South and beyond.

REVIEW: Coppélia @ The Mayflower, Southampton

We’re no ballet experts here, but we know what we like and we’ve loved the English National Ballet productions we’ve seen at The Mayflower in Southampton previously, so despite the weather outside being pretty grim we set out from home ready to be entertained.

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REVIEW: Gypsy @ Chichester Festival Theatre

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Chichester Festival Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Kent and Imelda Staunton: four elements that, in 2011, combined to form one of the best pieces of musical theatre to grace a UK stage in many years. Some would say returning to that formula just three years later, and with a show that’s only half Sondheim, would inevitably lead to a dilution of the magic… Bet again!

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NEWS: CCADS Present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Multi award-winning theatre company CCADS return to The Square Tower - following their highly acclaimed production of ‘The Talking Cure’ – with a fast, funny and fresh new production of this timeless classic.

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REVIEW: Taken At Midnight @ The Minerva, Chichester

It’s always fascinating to delve into a well known period in history and go beyond the world changing events into the life of an individual. Chichester Festival Theatre have dedicated a season to just such an idea and they end their run of ‘Hidden Histories’ with Taken At Midnight, the story of Hans Litten a lawyer who, in 1931, subpoenaed Adolf Hitler and made him answer for the crimes of the burgeoning nazi party.

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REVIEW: Singin’ In The Rain @ The Mayflower, Southampton

Singin’ In The Rain is a classic in every sense of the word, regularly ranking very high on best ever movies lists (and often the only musical on such lists) and beloved by theatre fans too. In fact a tour in the nineties was one of the first things I went to see at the Mayflower as a kid.

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NEWS: Rehearsals Are Underway For Memphis The Musical

Killian Donnelly has donned his Superman pants for the last time and cleared out his dressing room at the Palace, now he’s rehearsing for this new musical where he will co-star alongside the wonderful Beverley Knight. You can find out more and check out more rehearsal pics below (all pictures by Helen Maybanks)

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NEWS: Casting Completed For Uncle Vanya at St James Theatre

Further to our news piece last week the rest of the cast of Uncle Vanya have now been announced. You can read all about it below.

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REVIEW: Miss Saigon @ The Prince Edward Theatre

The return of Miss Saigon is inarguably the biggest event in the West End this year, with Cameron Mackintosh and his team once again showing that nobody can launch a musical with quite as much panache. The big question though is would the new production match up to the original. A big question for me as Miss Saigon is my all-time favourite musical!

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NEWS: New Production Of The History Boys To Tour UK

We’ve got a confession, we may be the only people left in the UK who didn’t see Alan Bennett's magnificent play when it was first produced in the West End. We'll definitely be catching this tour though, probably when it arrives here in Portsmouth. You can make sure you see it too as the producers are making 200 free tickets to tempt people to visit their local theatres. Find out more below.

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REVIEW: Rock Of Ages @ The Mayflower, Southampton

I was mildly disappointed to find the exterior of the MayFlower Theatre wasn’t shrouded by a cloud of hairspray and that nobody appeared to be wearing spandex when we arrived to see Rock of Ages last night, but the hair metal hits blasting into the auditorium soon got us in the mood to relive the excess of the early nineties.

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