The Arcola Theatre resides deep in the heart of London’s Hackney borough. Its address is in the midst of a little slice of Turkey in Dalston. The Arcola Theatre was founded by Mehmet Ergen, its artistic director, in September 2000. It originally opened in a building that once housed a textile factory on Arcola Street, from which it derived its name.
The Daily Mall called it ‘the funniest show in the western world,’ and the Daily Telegraph called it ‘comic perfection,’ but what is so funny about one man with two guvnors in the 1960’s? Everything. One Man, Two Guvnors is a brilliant play by Richard Bean, set in Brighton in 1963. A story literally based off one man who takes on two guvnors, this play is filled with belly giggling, comedic relief.
The theatre district of London, the West End, is always abuzz and reputed to never sleep. This one-time assortment of snooty town houses and residences of the wealthy and minor royalty is now the epitome of great live stage entertainment. [More]
Quotes are great things. They are a pithy collection of words issued from the mouths or pens of well-known people; personalities who we admire and look up to. They act as motivational devices, discussion points and even kick-off a train of thought. They are gems of philosophy that capture the human condition succinctly. [More]
Do not let the title fool you, We Will Rock You, the long running rock musical on the West End, is nothing compared to its baby brother Rock of Ages. As Rock of Ages is a realistic portrayal of rock music in the 1980’s, We Will Rock You is a mind-blowing, earth-shaking, make you jump out of your seats performance surrounding the music of the 70’s British rock band, Queen!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is one of the finest murder-mystery plays to hit the stage of the UK in recent times. The story is uniquely told and is much more than a regular whodunit. It involves elements of love, betrayal and being different. [More]
Straight up! In this write up you won’t find any mention of musicals. No, I’m not tone deaf or hate music, quite the contrary. It’s just that I am looking for some good stage shows to entertain me, yet exert my brain. I crave the atmosphere of a darkened theatre where I am hunched forward, chin cupped in hands and eyes wide open, totally engrossed as I catch the nuances and meanings of the actors’ words and the plot. [More]
And no one quite knows whodunit. I have been searching and searching for a good mystery/thriller play in London to engross me. I have grown rather weary of the bright, noisy and foot-tapping musicals that are congesting the West End and London’s theatre scene in general. [More]
The beloved story by the British writer, Roald Dahl, is coming to the West End in the form of a musical in June 2013! Following the great success of Dahl’s other story on stage, Matilda, this musical promises to be spectacular. [More]
I had the opportunity to see the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera last evening. Even though I saw it multiple times on Broadway, I still sat on the edge of my seat in awe of the spectacle. [More]