Sitting In The Cheap Seats

One man (and the occasional helper) and his thoughts on theatre in the south.

REVIEW: Buddy at The Mayflower, Southampton

I have a confession. I have an issue with the concept of the ‘jukebox musical’. I find the concept frustrating and lazy, I dislike that they have at various times dominated the West End, in short I’m a bit of a snob about them. You can understand my confusion then when I tell you that Buddy is among the most fun experiences I’ve had in the theatre!

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PREVIEW: Stevie at The Minerva, Chichester

After what seems like an eternity (we’re not the patient types) the new Chichester Festival Theatre season is almost upon us!

Opening as always in the cosy confines of the Minerva Theatre, this year’s season begins with a revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Stevie, a glimpse into the life of the celebrated poet/novelist Stevie Smith who shunned the London high life for the cosy suburban house of her Aunt, all the while writing the searing poetry and prose that would immortalise her.

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REVIEW: Enchanted April at The Spring, Havant

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There’s something charming about a play promising “Sunshine and Wisteria” on a damp March evening.  All the moreso when presented in the agreeably cosy confines of The Spring by the lovely folks from Humdrum. So, it was with much anticipation of a warm and relaxed evening that we headed off to let the enchantment begin.

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REVIEW: La Traviata at The Mayflower, Southampton

When Welsh National Opera were last on tour we were mesmerised by their production of Tosca and fascinated by their Anna Bolena. On hearing they were returning to The Mayflower we dispatched our good friend and opera lover Emma van Kooperen to check out their take on another classic…

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NEWS: Chichester Festival Theatre Announce 2014 Season

Today is like our own second Christmas… when we get a bunch of gifts to enjoy throughout the year. Today Chichester Festival Theatre announced their 2014 season and it’s a wealth of treats to celebrate the re-opening of the main theatre! We’ll break the season down in full over the weekend but click below for our round up of the highlights.

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REVIEW: War Horse at The Mayflower, Southampton

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Puppets can be funny. They can be educational and (in the case of Avenue Q), they can be filthy too. But can they truly move you?

I’ll be honest I’ve long harboured doubts about War Horse. It’s been a hugely popular ticket in London for years, but then so has Mamma Mia… But unlike the latter show, War Horse spawned a movie that’s actually very good!

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NEWS: Initial Casting Announced For Shakespeare In Love

We’re already excited about this new production, partially because it’s a film that we’ve long enjoyed, partially because the Noel Coward has become a favourite theatre of ours during the Grandage season there and partially because we think it can only help bring Shakespere to a younger audience. Now we’re even more excited due to the announcement of Tom Bateman as Will and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola! Here’s the full announcement…

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REVIEW: The Perfect Murder at The Mayflower, Southampton

A Perfect Murder is a strange beast… Is it a black comedy, a crime drama, is it out to scare the audience? I’m not sure. I’m not entirely convinced that Shaun McKenna is either as his adaptation of Peter James’ book seems to veer between styles without ever being truly comfortable.

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NEWS: Shakespeare In Love Tickets are on sale tomorrow!

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow, Friday 31 January 2014 for the stage premiere of Shakespeare in Love. The play, which opens at London’s Noël Coward Theatre, previews from 2 July 2014 with opening night on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

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REVIEW: Eat, Pray Laugh - Barry Humphries Farewell Tour

There are very few talents who can create a character and, 58 years later, still seem to be taking the role to new places and opening up new ideas. That, in addition to the incomparable Dame Edna Everage, Barry Humphries has a wealth of other characters at his disposal, each primed for an attack on the funny bone makes for a hilarious, heart-warming and at times rather poignant show.

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