Posts Tagged 'Benedict Nightingale'

Review: Hairspray (Shaftsbury Theatre)

When Hairspray opened in London, I thought the ticket prices were even more ridiculous than normal, with the producers having imported Broadway prices at the same time as the show. But eventually I relented, and went to see the show last weekend… and thank goodness I did!

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Review round-up: The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre)

I’ve already written my own revew of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Music Man, buit it’s always good to find out that I’m in agreement with the professional critics! In fact, the critics were so positive (and so much more in agreement than normal!), that I thought it was worth writing a round-up of their reviews.

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Review round-up: What the critics said about ‘Gone with the Wind’

There have been no shortage of articles about Trevor Nunn‘s latest project, a new musical adapatation of Gone with the Wind. The signs haven’t been great in recent weeks though, with one preview being cancelled to give more time to rework the show. Cuts have continued to be made over the last week, but the show still clocks in at a weighty 3 hours 40 minutes.

This production has almost certainly required a large budget, so the producers will have been hoping for a positive reaction from the critics. Unfortunately, judging by the reviews in the major newspapers this morning, things haven’t quite gone according to plan.

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Review round-up: What the critics said about ‘Black and White Ball’

Black & White Ball

Last night marked the reopening of the newly-refurbished Kings Head Theatre in Islington with the first show in its new season, which also marks its new beginning as a fully-fledged producing house.  Black and White Ball is billed as “the new Cole Porter musical”, but is in fact a ‘collaboration’ between Cole Porter and Warner Brown, alebit one where the latter has written a new book that incorporates the music of the no-longer-alive Cole Porter.

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Kevin Spacey – The critics’ response

I’ve already written a response to Kevin Spacey’s comments about the BBC and ‘I’d Do Anything’ which you can find here. I thought it would also be pointing you to some other responses that I’ve already read. Michael Billington and Benedict Nightingale are in full agreement with Spacey, so it’s down to The Independent to point a slightly less negative point of view accross. On this one, I’m definitely closer to the Indy’s view.

There haven’t been a massive number of responses yet, but as I see more articles of interest, I’ll update this article with links. If you have an alternative view, feel free to add comments.

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Review: Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre)

Zoë Wanamaker and Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing

I was fortunate enough to get tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing at the National on Tuesday night. The show closes on Saturday, so you only have 5 more chances to see the show, although I suspect that at this very late stage it’s practically impossible to get hold of a ticket.

I’m no Shakespeare expert (if you’ve read my blog, you’ll see that I spend more of my time watching musical theatre than I do classical theatre), but I was thoroughly impressed by both the play and the production.

A few thoughts, in no particular order, about the production…

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Review round-up: What the critics said about God of Carnage

God of Carnage

God of Carnage opened last night at the Gielgud Theare. I had a ticket to see the show during previews, but I found myself in Brussels for the day and unfortunately had to give up my seat. I plan to rebook soon to form my own judgement, but in the meantime, I couldn’t help looking at today’s reviews.

The cast and creative team is incredibly strong, so expectations were understandably high. The play is written by Yasmin Reza, who is most famous for Art, which was a huge success in London. As with Art, God of Carnage is translated by the phenomenal Christopher Hampton, a translater and adaptor whose previous work has included Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Embers.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, fresh from his success with Boeing Boeing, it has a star-studded cast of Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott (who, incidentally, was also in the original cast of Art). 

But as we all know, having big names does not guarantee positive reviews… thankfully for the producers of God of Carnage, the reviews appear to have been very positive. In fact, of the ‘quality’ newspapers, only the Independent are critical. Michael Billington, Charles Spencer and Benedict Nightingale are all impressed as you’ll see if you read on:

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