The Thrill of Love is an incisive new and gripping work by Amanda Whittington, brought to the stage by director and producer James Dacre. The play’s story is backed by the haunting music of Billie Holiday. Together Whittington and Dacre seek to fathom the motive behind Ruth Ellis’ murder of her lover. [More]
It is said that “nothing succeeds like success.” And one hopes that the title of this new stage and musical version of the 1957 film is a good omen to that. The Sweet Smell of Success opened at the Arcola Theatre on Ashwin Street, Hackney. It is directed by Mehmet Ergen with musical direction provided by Bob Broad and choreography by Nathan M Wright. [More]
The two largest cities in the world are home to the biggest stages in theatre performance. Often running the same shows simultaneously, one always wonders what the difference is between London’s West End, and New York’s Broadway, and which one is better?
Let’s start with London. The West End of London, commonly known as the West End, is an area of London containing the city’s most popular theatre, entert... [More]
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]