I agree. I loved the show and what could be achieved in the space and budget was bang on the money! Great performances. - Ray Rackham
15 Nov 10
I think not!! Granted Wathamstow isnt the greatest place to get to especially on a cold wet nov evening BUT........ this show was a joy to watch with some wonderful performance's, The whole company did wonders on what can (as is the norm with fringe productions) be a shoe string budget!!! On the night i saw this production it was sold out and the audience were giving standing ovations to the extremly talented cast!! a very enjoyable evening!! as the old saying goes you cant please everyone but from what i witness you certainly pleased us all that night - harriet Archer
13 Nov 10
Not a patch on many other Sondheim productions I have seen from the same company. Some really nice performances from the leads, but I think too ambitious for the setting. - K Walsworth-Bell
12 Nov 10
Of course, I was never going to see all 15 Sondheim shows in his 80th year Ė thereís the one that takes place in a swimming pool that hasnít to my knowledge ever been staged here, and the one that hasnít yet had its UK premiere Ė but I thought it would be fun to pack in as many as I could; Iíll make 10 (counting one in concert). This was one of the ones I wasnít expecting to catch, and given its scale certainly not a professional production in a room above a pub in that theatrical black hole known as Walthamstow! When I dish out the awards, it wonít win the one for excellence, but I think it has the bravery & ambition award in the bag. After three people failed to return after the interval, there were three more on stage than in the audience Ė and the house was still half full on a tube strike evening! Though it has some of his best songs (Broadway Baby, Iím Still Here, Losing My MindÖ..)Iíve rarely engaged with the story of retired follies girls returning for the closure of the theatre and looking back at their lives, but Tim McArthur has done a good job of staging it and marshalling the 26 performers with some particularly good staging in Act II and I liked the arrangements for an ensemble of piano, cello, violin & flute (MD Aaron Clingham). Ye Olde Rose & Crown (yes!) is a faded Victorian pub so it was a somewhat appropriate venue and Fiona Russell worked wonders with what I suspect was a miniscule budget.
The last production of Follies I saw, at the even tinier Landor Theatre, was probably the best so making comparisons would be unfair. It also comes so soon after Sundayís magnificent concert performance of Merrily We Roll Along. However, I donít regret schlepping out to Walthamstow, even with travel difficulties, and I applaud All Star Productions for their contribution to the 80th Ė and all for £12 (40p per performer)! - Gareth James
04 Nov 10
Too small, too limited but some good performances. - R Fitzgerald
27 Oct 10
some very moving moments and lovely performances - K Ives
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