Review – Duets

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

Review – The Addams Family

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

Review – New Wolsey Pulse Festival Highlights

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

Reviews – New Wolsey Theatre Pulse Festival

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

Review – Little Miss Sunshine

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

Review – Grandma Saves The Day!

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!

Review – The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps by John Buchan – adapted by Patrick Barlow –  New Wolsey Young Company –  New Wolsey theatre till  Saturday 4th May The New Wolsey Young Company, under the guidance of Director Rob Salmon, goes from strength to strength. The 39 Steps is a serious spy novel written by John Buchan in 1915, which become popular with the soldiers in the trenches and … Continue reading Review – The 39 Steps

Review – Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, adapted by Andrew Quick & Pete Brooks – imitating the dog – New Wolsey Theatre till Saturday Conrad’s novel, written in 1899, has often been described as  one of the seminal novels of the 20thC, and has been the inspiration for many later works including Francis Ford Coppola’s  film Apocalypse Now. But it is a difficult novel to stage … Continue reading Review – Heart of Darkness

Student Review – Princess & The Hustler

The Princess and The Hustler by Chinonyerem Odimba – Eclipse Theatre Company – New Wolsey Theatre then touring  “The performance kept me captivated throughout, teaching me all about black culture” Written by Chinonyerem Odimba, this production was based in 1960’s Bristol, where a black family is fighting for normality; which was never guaranteed. Living with her mum, Mavis (Donna Berlin) and her Brother, Wendell ‘Junior’ … Continue reading Student Review – Princess & The Hustler

Review – Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS @ 70

Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS @ 70 – New Wolsey Theatre 19th February and touring Mark Thomas has been a politically based comedian and performer for 30 years and has covered many subjects from HMRC and taxes, walking the wall on the Israeli West Bank and selling arms to dictators, to encouraging grass roots protest in 100 Acts of Minor Dissent and his relationship with … Continue reading Review – Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS @ 70