Sitting In The Cheap Seats

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

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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NEWS: The Merchant Of Venice To Play At The Almeida from 5th December

Anyone who knows us will know we’re big Shakespeare fans, so to hear the Almeida will be producing Rupert Goold's RSC production of The Merchant of Venice in December. Then we heard Ian McDiarmid will be playing Shylock with a brilliant cast assembled around him. Suffice it to say we’re very excited! You can read full details below. 

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REVIEW: Avenue Q @ The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Reviewing a show you’ve seen before can be tough, reviewing one you only saw 6 weeks ago ought to be impossible. Thank heavens then for the brilliant cast of Avenue Q who arrived in our hometown of Portsmouth this week. Regular readers will remember we checked out the tour in Winchester back in July (read that review here), so what more could we possibly have to say?

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NEWS: John Hannah To Star In Uncle Vanya at St James Theatre

Perhaps best known for his comedic roles in big movies, John Hannah is nonetheless an accomplished actor and the thought of him starring in one of theatre’s undisputed classic pieces is hugely exciting. Read all about it below.

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REVIEW: The Comedy Of Errors @ Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare, when it’s performed just right, can bring the house down. In this new production at the Globe they take that idea a little too literally, with props flying across the stage, endless pratfalls and at one point the complete collapse of the set! There’s no subtlety here, but you’ll have all the more fun because of that.

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