Duets by Peter Quilter – Horizon Theatre Company – New Wolsey Studio till Friday Duets is a set of four short scenes about relationships written by prolific West End playwright Peter Quilter, who is most famous for two musical plays – End of The Rainbow about the last months of Judy Garland’s life and Glorious! about the ‘worst singer in the world’ Florence Foster Jenkins. Duets … Continue reading Review – Duets
Peter Pan A Musical Adventure – Music by George Styles, Lyrics by Anthony Drew and book by Willis Hall – Co-op Juniors at Trinity Park till July 14th Peter Pan was my favourite story as a child – and this production of the Styles/ Drew version brings it to life with colour, imaginative staging and a touch of magic. Interestingly the Co-op Juniors last production, … Continue reading Review – Peter Pan A Musical Adventure
The Addams Family – by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice – Music & Lyrics Andrew Lippa – IODS Theatre Company – New Wolsey Theatre till Saturday 29th Based on the TV series of the 1960’s – which itself was based on the much earlier original 1930’s cartoons of eccentric New Yorker Charles Addams – in anybody’s estimation this is a challenging musical to do well … Continue reading Review – The Addams Family
So as the 19th New Wolsey Pulse Festival draws to a close for another year, here are some of the highlights of the final day This Is All For You – People You May Know People You May Know is a spin off from the New Wolsey Youth Company, who each year present a piece devised and written by the actors with Associate Director Rob … Continue reading Review – New Wolsey Pulse Festival Highlights
HONK! by Anthony Drew & George Stiles – Co- op Juniors at Seckford Theatre – 8th/9th June Honk! first hit the stage in 1993 and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000. It’s an updated version of Hans Christian Anderson’s Ugly Ducking story with lessons to be learned about tolerance, bullying, and the role of optimism in coping with difficult times … Continue reading Review – Honk!
The New Wolsey’s 19th Pulse Festival is about half way through now – and there’s been a range of performances from scratch shows to fully formed productions previewing before an Edinburgh Fringe run. On Wednesday night saw two shows which have already done well at the Fringe and have been doing touring the circuit for a while before heading back to the Festival this summer. … Continue reading Reviews – New Wolsey Theatre Pulse Festival
Little Miss Sunshine by James Lapine & William Finn – New Wolsey Theatre till Sat 25th May Based on the Oscar winning film of the same name – this is a new musical written by the creatives of such hits as ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Sunday in The Park with George’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’. So it’s got a good pedigree. But … Continue reading Review – Little Miss Sunshine
Grandma Saves The Day! By Phil Willmott – New Wolsey Theatre This was by far one of my favourite productions the New Wolsey Theatre has ever done! This was a musical play based on the cartoon Giles family created by Daily Express cartoonist Carl Giles. The 16-year-old daughter Bridget Giles (played by Grace Lancaster) opened the play giving some background to the audience telling us … Continue reading Student Review – Grandma Saves The Day!
An Honest Gentleman by Cordelia Spence & Tim Lane – Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company at Christchurch Mansion Everybody likes a good Highwayman story – add to that a local (ish) twist, a bit of romance, some well crafted folk songs and the beautiful setting of Christchurch Mansion and you probably can’t go far wrong. Stuff of Dreams are a small Norfolk based touring company … Continue reading Review – An Honest Gentleman
Grandma Saves The Day! by Phil Willmott – New Wolsey Theatre till Saturday 18th May Suspend your disbelief and suspend your expectations. If you do both of those I can assure you, you will end up enjoying this strange hybrid of a musical. Its quirky, humorous and good fun. But one thing is certain – don’t expect a production about Carl Giles himself or you’ll … Continue reading Review – Grandma Saves The Day!