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Bluebeard’s Castle – Churchill Theatre
Scotland

Bluebeard’s Castle – Churchill Theatre

The collaboration between director/librettist, Daisy Evans, and conductor/arranger, Stephen Higgins, to create a dementia tale from Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, is startlingly clever and beautifully produced. The set by Adrian Linford is simple, yet effective. The lighting is perfect for a castle where the sun never shines. The Hebrides Ensemble play like angels. And the two voices: Michael Mayes and Charlotte Hellekant - superb! Gone is the gothic horror and the manipulation of the male/female power dynamic of the original to be replaced by the less blameworthy machinations of memory loss through dementia. In reality, dementia is equally as frightening in its thievery, but not so terrifying in its conscious malice. In this version, Bluebeard and his wife, Judith, re...
Around the World in 80 Days – Churchill Theatre
London

Around the World in 80 Days – Churchill Theatre

This Titled Wig Production, originally developed in collaboration with York Theatre Royal, is a romp from beginning to end. It is colourful, energetic and engaging.  Based on Jules Verne's famous novel, it creatively combines Verne's narrative of the imaginary journey of Phileas Fogg with that of Nellie Bly, a real life American journalist who circled the world in 72 days in 1890. The stage design by Sara Parks had a circus theme, with a colourful red and white tent-like tower structure with several gangway protrusions. The cast ascended and used these in a number of creative ways as the story progressed. Fogg’s journey was illustrated by means of a revolving banner, wound on by the cast. It gave some problems on press night which the cast imaginatively solved. The five strong ...
Abigail’s Party – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
London

Abigail’s Party – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

It's the 1970s, the decade of social aspiration, middle class pretensions, horrible wallpaper, Estee Lauder's "Youth Dew", cocktail cabinets, gin and tonic and cigarettes. Beverly is awaiting her guests and anticipating the pleasure of showing off her new kitchen.  Newcomers Angela and Tony have been invited for drinks to welcome them to the area and Susan, the next-door neighbour, has been asked to join them while her daughter, the titular but unseen Abigail, is having a party and wants mother out of the way.  Alcohol flows, cigarettes are smoked, cheese and pineapple on sticks and crisps are handed around.  Beverly lords it over her guests as she forces more and more alcohol and cigarettes on them and browbeats her stressed-out estate agent husband, Laurence. Eventually, ...
Titanic The Musical – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
London

Titanic The Musical – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

This captivating moving production directed by Thom Southerland, story by Peter Stone with lyrics by Maury Yeston starts with the story of inspiration, a yearning for the American dream for the third class immigrants’; an opportunity, for the voyeuristic second class passengers to rub elbows and be socially accepted amongst their first class peers; a rite of passage for the first class to be a part of this historic moment and immerse themselves in the expected decadence and privileges. To the contrast of excitement and gayety from the young galley boys and girls, crew, and engine room men facing a voyage of toil and longing to be home once again. The company’s ensemble of ‘Godspeed Titanic’ was heart rendering and powerful. This set the scene of what was to be a dignified, emotional an...