Sitting In The Cheap Seats

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

NEWS: Cast Announced For Altar Boyz @ Greenwich Theatre

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Hallelujah! Spread the good news, as the five boyz who will make the band lineup for the UK Premiere of ALTAR BOYZ have today been revealed!

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NEWS: Fight for a Cure: Dance for Life!

Cancer is always a difficult subject, we’ve all suffered because of it, whether it has affected us or our loved ones. When we heard about a young lady here in Portsmouth who was giving up her time to organise a fundraiser for cancer research we wanted  to help spread the word. Below organiser Jessica Hunt-Harding explains the event in her own words. Please read and spread the word!

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PREVIEW: Richard Bean’s Pitcairn To Make World Premiere in Chichester

When award-winning theatre company Out of Joint team up with both Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe to produce a new play by Richard Bean (who will have debuted three new pieces by the end of the year), our interest is naturally piqued. To be fair we would probably be interested in Pitcairn anyway, the concept of adding a new chapter to the famous story of the Mutiny on the Bounty is an intriguing one and with such heavyweights behind it this ought to be an intriguing production!

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REVIEW: Guys and Dolls @ Chichester Festival Theatre

We’ve already declared our love for Guys and Dolls here on the site, so it’s fair to say that we were upbeat as we headed to Chichester Festival Theatre to check out their version of this undoubted classic. Then I got a little scared. I’ve seen so many good productions of late what if this was the one that broke the streak? What if this dampened my ardour for this classic piece of musical theatre? What if it just wasn’t very good? Thankfully, these doubts were pointless, Guys and Dolls is very, very, good indeed!

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PREVIEW: Guys and Dolls @ Chichester Festival Theatre

Whenever a big glossy new musical arrives in the West End all the major critics will compare it to their pick of the top of the musical theatre pile, trouble is, they keep using the wrong show! Invariably they compare everything to West Side Story when really they should be referencing Frank Loesser’s timeless masterpiece of gangsters, gamblers, good girls and showgirls…

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PREVIEW: Avenue Q Heads To The Kings Theatre Southsea.

If you’re a regular visitor to this little site you may have seen us raving about the current UK tour of Avenue Q when we caught it in Winchester. Well, it’s headed back in our direction next month with a visit to Portsmouth’s beautiful old Kings Theatre and we’re taking the opportunity to see how it has changed and evolved as the show has travelled around the country.

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NEWS: Michael Ball To Host West End Heroes Gala

Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter, has been announced as the host of the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert.

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REVIEW Antony & Cleopatra (Midnight Matinee) @ The Globe

We only made our first visit to The Globe a few weeks ago but we couldn’t resist heading back for a Shakespeare with a difference. I’ll admit the idea of the Midnight Matinee (it is as it sounds - a performance at midnight)  was wonderful and worrying in equal measure, if only because I’m more lark than nightingale, but nonetheless we found ourselves wandering Southwark after sundown in preparation for the night’s entertainment.

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REVIEW: Holy Warriors @ The Globe

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The Third Crusade is an epic subject for a play. As broad as anything Shakespeare touched on and with as diverse a cast of characters. To take such a subject and then spin off from it through to the present day makes one suspect that Holy Warriors might be epic in length as well as scope. The truth is very different however, with David Eldridge’s script packing nearly a millennium of history into around two hours of theatre.

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REVIEW: Shakespeare In Love @ The Noël Coward

It is with a little trepidation that I take my seat at the Noël Coward theatre ready for Shakespeare In Love to begin. I was last here for the Michael Grandage Season’s consistently excellent offerings, so will this new play match up? More to the point will it stand up to the film, a long time personal favourite?

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