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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
Big news for our friends over at The Mayflower today as one of the West End’s most popular shows heads to Southampton in July!
Early January is generally a fairly miserable time of year. Christmas is long gone, the weather outside is still frightful, we’re all back at work and bemoaning eating like gluttons for the last month… all in all not a fun time and one that can all too easily lead to feeling rather depressed.
I’ve found over the years that there is no surer cure for the blues than a healthy dose of PG Wodehouse, so I was hoping that I might be in for something of a booster shot here.
Coriolanus is probably in the second tier of Shakespeare plays, the ones you’ve heard of and know a little bit about but probably haven’t seen (unless you have the Ralph Fiennes version on DVD and, unlike me, have actually watched it). I know that I went into last night’s performance with the impression of a play about a man who might be a hero to the people but cannot bring them to love him.
Beth Church (Grandmother) and Fin Elliot (Boy) in The Witches. Photo Mike Eddowes
It was with a heavy heart that I made my way to Chichester Festival Theatre yesterday. Not because I was seeing The Witches, I grew up on a diet of Roald Dahl and will vehemently argue that his books are at the very peak of child-centric literature. Neither was it because this was a Chichester Youth Theatre production, I’d not seen the youth theatre before but I had every reason to believe that they would put on a good show. No, my sadness came purely from the fact that we’re approaching the end of a great year of theatre that I’ve been privileged to write about… and this production stands shoulder to shoulder with the big name plays and musicals!