She Stoops to Conquer is back in London at the National Theatre after a 10 year absence. Oliver Goldsmith's comedy from 1773 deals with social class and mistaken identity in the most delightful way with this well put together cast.
The play opens with Mrs. Hardcastle (Sophie Thompson) and Mr. Hardcastle (Steve Pemberton) discussing the arranged marriage of their daughter Kate Hardcastle (Coronation Street's Katherine Kelly) to an old friend's son of Mr. Hardcastle. Subsequen... [More]
The Olivier nominations were announced today at noon in the May Fair hotel, by last year Olivier's best actor and actress winners- Roger Allam & Nancy Carroll. Matilda The Musical swept the nominations by being nominated into all 10 musical categories, which is the maximum amount of categories that a musical can be nominated for. The four actresses that play the title role of Matilda were nominated as a collective group for best actress in a musical. The top nominees for dramatics was The... [More]
Well when one door closes, another door opens, at least this is true for Carley Stenson! Currently Stenson plays the lead role of Elle Woods in the West End hit Legally Blonde, which is unfortunately closing its doors for a final performance on April 7, 2012. Stenson will be back on the West End though soon enough, when she takes over the role of Princess Fiona from Kimberly Walsh in Shrek the Musical this May (at theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Booking for Shrek the Music... [More]
Absent Friends, a 1974 play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn is a comedy about bereavement. It is also a play about the death of love; about marriage and the way women, in the early 1970s, were often expected to subdue themselves to the male ego. [More]
With the 84th annual Academy Awards approaching on Sunday, 26 February 2012, we decided to take a look at the West End hit turned Oscar nominated film. War Horse (a children's book) was released in 1982, with the West End show debuting in 2007 and finally the Spielberg directed film in December 2011. The film is nominated for best picture (along with cinematography and art direction).
1.) The National Army Museum located in Chelsea has just opened... [More]
The musical tells the story that happened behind the fairy tale 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and surprises by revealing a whole different side of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The main story is about a blossoming friendship between two young women; Glinda (Gina Beck), who does everything in her power, including nasty tricks, to achieve popularity, and the green-skinned Elphaba (... [More]
The Pitmen Painters, written by Lee Hall and inspired by William Feaver's book, focuses on a group of five men who live in the small mining town of Ashington during the mid 1930's. In order to get away from the doldrums of the mine they hire a professor to teach them about art. Cue Robert Lyons (Ian Kelly) as the determined art teacher charged to be their tour guide from the leap between the two unlikely worlds.
With Lyons guidance the men begin their trek int... [More]
Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep have been cast in the film adaptation of August: Osage County. August: Osage County is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama, along with several Tony awards. The dark drama was written by Tracey Letts and is centered around a family splintered when the patriarch goes missing. August: Osage County first debuted on Broadway in 2007, while making its debut at London's National Theatre in 2008.
1.) Meryl Streep will play Violet, the... [More]
7 February 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth, and in order to celebrate many Dickens-enthusiasts have come together to mark the year 2012 as celebratory nod to all of Dickens finest accomplishments. Of Course Charles Dickens is known for his literary works of genius, but without him we’d also be without some of the finest films, shows & musicals of our time.
Five Fast Facts:
Although known primarily as an author, Dickens acted in the play The Frozen... [More]
The musical Top Hat by Irving Berlin is set to finish up its UK Tour in the West End Aldwych Theatre on 19th April 2012, so you don’t have to go out of town to get your fix for it! Based on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ legendary Hollywood hit of the 1930s, the new stage musical version stars Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers. [More]