When your main auditorium is being thoroughly refurbished and upgraded (when we were there last week it seemed like everything bar the outer walls was gone), how do you go about staging a major musical with a sizeable cast and a lot of action? If you’re Chichester Festival Theatre, you head across the road and build a state of the art temporary performing space in a park. Then you decide to put on the perfect show.
Last week I went to review The Pajama Game, as I was asked to review for another publication I couldn’t share my review here at the time, but here it is:
It was in the Noel Coward Theatre during ‘Privates on Parade’, the first of the Michael Grandage season of plays, that the idea of this little site was born. As we sat in our £10 balcony seats the name seemed obvious and the rest, as they say, is history.
Taking one of the most popular films of the nineties and transferring it to the stage is a brave task. When it’s a film as indelibly inked onto the pop culture consciousness of people as The Full Monty, a piece that has already appeared on stage in the form of a musical inexplicably moved from it’s Sheffield setting in favour of Buffalo, New York, it becomes a task few would want to take on.
We received this press release a little while back from the fine folks at Chichester Festival Theatre. We didn’t have time to put a proper article together buty it’s something worth sharing so please read!
This is The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth. Well, to be precise it’s in Southsea, best not to upset the locals.
All of my earliest theatre memories revolve around this building. I went to Pantomimes here every Christmas, I saw musicals and plays that first fuelled a love of the stage.
I even performed here a fair few times in everything from lavish classic musicals to an intimate production of Katherine Howard where the stage was turned into a studio theatre space.
I even worked the flies one week, hauling and lowering huge backdrops by hand and winching up the lead-lined safety curtain!
It’s one of my favourite places and I think everyone who goes there falls in love with it to some degree!
Find out more on their website: http://www.kings-southsea.com/