I find myself surprised to say it, but the most accurate review of this play is to be found in the August the 8th edition of the Daily Express by Simon Edge. Forget the Guardian, the Independent, the Standard and the Telegraph - Simon Edge is absolutely spot on. Richard Eyre got it totally wrong - "more stodge than lemon zest in this Irish-Italian stew" is a good summation. 2/10 See Me!
Liola on Tuesday, Sep 3rd, 2013
Barking In Essex
I think the Barking refers to "barking mad" - that's for the writer, producers and director! It's a failed farce which loses the plot towards the end of act I and completely loses it in the dire second act. How on earth it got as far as to be staged in the West End beggars belief. Sheila Hancock, god bless her, soldiers on regardless under an avalanche of profanities - although I have to admit hearing Ms Hancock say cunt a few times does have its comedic side, but after a while it all becomes terribly predictable and tedious. Lee Evans seems almost restrained and only really gets a reaction from the audience when he does his stock Norman Wisdom routine and for which most of the audience, I suspect, were there for. The one star is for the set in Act I, I would have given more, but that might mislead into thinking the play deserved more. Barking Mad In Charing Cross Road!
Barking in Essex on Saturday, Sep 7th, 2013
Another triumph from the Landor.
Yet again the diminutive Landor theatre struts its stuff with all the brio and confidence of anything the West End can offer. Robert McWhir directs this musical about making a musical with great panache and the uniformly superb cast, by the end, leave us wanting more, but don't just take my word for it, go and see for yourself. 10/10
[Title of Show] on Sunday, Sep 8th, 2013
Broadway comes to Wimbledon Broadway
What a production! Simply the best choreographed, directed and cast musical I have seen in this country before and believe me I have seen just about everything done over the past 30 years and I mean that most sincerely. The dancing was sensational. It was no surprise, therefore, to see that the director and choreographer, Patti Colombo, is an American. I could name members of the cast who stand out, but that would mean listing them all. So don't take my word for it - go and see the show. The only negative comments I could make are the sound quality was not up to the mark and the stage hands needed to be more attentive to the set changes - it didn't spoil the show, but when they have such a terrific production gracing the stage the Wimbledon team need to pull their own act together. If you don't have a chance to see it at Wimbledon check out the tour as this is one show worth travelling for and if you don't you'll regret it. 10 out of 10.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013