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Sunday, August 28, 2005

8:30PM - What's showing in London this week (August 28 - September 3)

Not many changes this week.

Adelphi
Chicago

Aldwych
Fame

Apollo
The Big Life

Apollo Victoria
Saturday Night Fever

Cambridge
Dancing in the streets

Criterion
What the Butler Saw

Dominion
We will rock you

Donmar Warehouse
Mary Stuart

Drury Lane
The Producers

Duke of York’s
Tom, Dick and Harry

Fortune
The Woman in Black

Garrick
On the Ceiling

Haymarket
A Few Good Men

Her Majesty’s
The Phantom of the Opera

London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lyceum
The Lion King

Lyric
Death of a Salesman

Menier Chocolate Factory
Tick, Tick…Boom!

National Theatre
The UN Inspector
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Theatre of Blood

Aristocrats

New Ambassador’s
Telstar

New London
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Old Vic
The Philadelphia Story

Open Air
Twelfth Night
Cymbeline


Palace
The Woman in White

Peacock
Midnight

Phoenix
Blood Brothers

Piccadilly
Guys and Dolls

Playhouse
The postman always rings twice

Prince Edward
Mary Poppins

Prince of Wales
Mamma Mia!

Queen’s
Les Miserables

Royal Court
Harvest

Sadler’s Wells
Highland Fling

St Martin’s
The Mousetrap

Savoy
The Rat Pack

Shaftesbury
The Far Pavilions

Shakespeare’s Globe
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles
Man Falling Down
The Storm
Troilus and Cressida
The Tempest


Sound
Prometheus Bound

Vaudeville
Stomp

Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Wyndham
As You Like It

Monday, August 22, 2005

3:39PM - What's showing in London this week (August 21 - 27)

Oh, a bit late again but not as late as last week.

Adelphi
Chicago

Aldwych
Fame

Apollo
The Big Life

Apollo Victoria
Saturday Night Fever

Cambridge
Dancing in the streets

Criterion
The Gruffalo
What the Butler Saw

Dominion
We will rock you

Donmar Warehouse
Mary Stuart

Drury Lane
The Producers

Duke of York’s
Tom, Dick and Harry

Fortune
The Woman in Black

Garrick
On the Ceiling

Haymarket
A Few Good Men

Her Majesty’s
The Phantom of the Opera

London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lyceum
The Lion King

Lyric
Death of a Salesman

Menier Chocolate Factory
Tick, Tick…Boom!

National Theatre
The UN Inspector
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Theatre of Blood

Aristocrats
The President of an Empty Room
On the Shore of the Wide World

New Ambassador’s
Telstar

New London
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Old Vic
The Philadelphia Story

Open Air
Twelfth Night
HMS Pinafore
The Wind in the Willows

Palace
The Woman in White

Peacock
Midnight

Phoenix
Blood Brothers

Piccadilly
Guys and Dolls

Playhouse
The postman always rings twice

Prince Edward
Mary Poppins

Prince of Wales
Mamma Mia!

Queen’s
Les Miserables

Sadler’s Wells
Ballet Nacional de Cuba

St Martin’s
The Mousetrap

Savoy
The Rat Pack

Shaftesbury
The Far Pavilions

Shakespeare’s Globe
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles
Man Falling Down
The Storm
Troilus and Cressida
The Tempest


Sound
Prometheus Bound

Vaudeville
Stomp

Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Wyndham
As You Like It

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

6:44PM

Seeing as what it be the Fringe up in Edinborough, would that not be a good topic?

Anyone going up?

4:12PM - What's showing in the West End this week (sorry, it's a bit late)

Adelphi
Chicago

Aldwych
Fame

Apollo
The Big Life

Apollo Victoria
Saturday Night Fever

Cambridge
Dancing in the streets

Criterion
The Gruffalo

Dominion
We will rock you

Drury Lane
The Producers

Duchess
Behind the Iron Mask

Duke of York’s
Tom, Dick and Harry

Fortune
The Woman in Black

Haymarket
A Few Good Men

Her Majesty’s
The Phantom of the Opera

London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lyceum
The Lion King

Lyric
Death of a Salesman

Menier Chocolate Factory
Tick, Tick…Boom!

National Theatre
The UN Inspector
Aristocrats
The President of an Empty Room
On the Shore of the Wide World

New Ambassador’s
Telstar

New London
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Old Vic
The Philadelphia Story

Open Air
Twelfth Night
HMS Pinafore
The Wind in the Willows

Palace
The Woman in White

Peacock
Midnight

Phoenix
Blood Brothers

Piccadilly
Guys and Dolls

Playhouse
The postman always rings twice

Prince Edward
Mary Poppins

Prince of Wales
Mamma Mia!

Queen’s
Les Miserables

Sadler’s Wells
Ballet Nacional de Cuba

St Martin’s
The Mousetrap

Savoy
The Rat Pack

Shaftesbury
The Far Pavilions

Shakespeare’s Globe
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles
Man Falling Down
The Storm

Sound
Prometheus Bound

Vaudeville
Stomp

Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Wyndham
As You Like It

Thursday, July 7, 2005

8:20PM - theatre performances 07/07/05

in light of today's terrorist attacks in london, all performances in west end and london theatres tonight will be cancelled.

check with either ticketmaster or the london theatre guide for more information regarding performances on friday and throughout the weekend.



if you have tickets for something on friday of this weekend and it isn't cancelled, please please try to go. i'm sorry it won't be quite the atmosphere we could have hoped for, but it's so important, for london and the rest of the world, that we carry on our lives as normal. new york didn't; 11th september proved to terrorists that their acts do lead to widespread, ongoing devastation and that they can destroy thriving cities with their actions. london, i think, is perhaps more resilient due to the blitz (a sense of community now largely forgotten by most too young to remember or even to have been there) and the more recent ira attacks, and has experience of carrying on as usual. i know i am echoing both tony blair and ken livingstone when i say that we cannot allow these terrorists to think that they have won. and, i believe, it is our duty to the dead and maimed to not allow their injury and their deaths to prove the success of terrorism. i don't care who it is; be it the real ira, al quaeda, the klu klux clan, whoever. terrorism is still terrorism, whatever and whoever it is instigated by. it is our duty to put on a show of 'british stiff upper lip': for these victims, for their families, and for potential victims of terrorism the world over. we mustn't allow our lives to be shaken from their paths by this atrocity; we mustn't allow them to succeed in their aim of turning us into a nation, a world, of cowering children too weak with fear to do anything but succumb to their whims. and 'carrying on as usual' includes sleeping, having a shit and going to the theatre. so please, if you can, go out. behave as normally as possible. live your life.

thanks.

Sunday, July 3, 2005

5:03PM - What's showing in the West End this week (July 3 - July 9)

Sunday again. Couple of points.
- My theatre list is apparently not exhaustive. If you see a theatre's not on there, tell me. However, some theatres are just not on there because they're not showing anything this week.
- I won't be here next Sunday; isn't that terribly sad? Unless somebody wants to make a list, I suppose you'll have to make do with looking at this one. Because I just know you all find it so helpful.
- I'll start advertising soon. I'm just so lazy busy. But yes, hopefully can get a few more people interested.


Adelphi
Chicago

Albery
The Shaughraun

Aldwych
Fame

Apollo
The Big Life

Apollo Victoria
Saturday Night Fever

Arts
Immodesty Blaize and Walter’s Burlesque!

Cambridge
Dancing in the streets

Comedy
The Home Place

Criterion
The Countess

Dominion
We will rock you

Donmar Warehouse
This is how it goes

Drury Lane
The Producers

Duchess
Behind the Iron Mask

Duke of York’s
Hedda Gabler

Fortune
The Woman in Black

Garrick
Elmina’s Kitchen

Gielgud
Some girl(s)

Haymarket
The genius of Ray Charles

Her Majesty’s
The Phantom of the Opera

London Coliseum
Shadowtime

London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lyceum
The Lion King

Lyric
Death of a Salesman

Menier Chocolate Factory
Tick, Tick…Boom!

National Theatre
The UN Inspector
Aristocrats

New Ambassador’s
Telstar

New London
Joseph and the technicolour dreamcoat

Old Vic
The Philadelphia Story

Open Air
Cymbeline
Twelfth Night

Palace
The Woman in White

Phoenix
Blood Brothers

Piccadilly
Guys and Dolls

Playhouse
The postman always rings twice

Prince Edward
Mary Poppins

Prince of Wales
Mamma Mia!

Queen’s
Les Miserables

Royal Court
Talking to Terrorists
Way to Heaven

Royal Opera House
Mitridate re di Ponto
Otello
Rigoletto

St Martin’s
The Mousetrap

Savoy
The Rat Pack

Shaftesbury
The Far Pavilions

Shakespeare’s Globe
The Tempest
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles

Sound
The Laramie Project

Vaudeville
Stomp

Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Wyndham
As You Like It

Current mood: bouncy

Thursday, June 30, 2005

9:52PM - The Unexpected Man

It would be decent of me to find out actors' names etc, but I can't really be bothered, so I can tell you I saw this at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, and you can work it out from there if you really need to.

I enjoyed this very little, which was really a combination between the actual script and the acting. Scriptwise, it was incredibly tedious. Basically, the first hour (or more) of the 80 minute, interval-less play is made up of two people alternately doing loooong monologues. Good audition speeches, dull as mud to watch. I mean, I can live if they have to start with a monologue, but it can't be too long, as to stay interested, you have to care about the character but at the start of any play, you don't really care about any of them.

Also, I didn't love the script anyway, dull structure aside. A play that relies on jokes about bowel movements in the first few minutes to get cheap laughs isn't really my sort of thing. I found most of the jokes either predictable, unnecessary or just not funny. The one exception being when a mention was made about how theatre audiences laugh so pretentiously and overly often.

Acting could have been better. Not the worst ever, but slightly strange. The speech patterns were just rather peculiar, particularly of the male actor. Sentences all ran together with no pauses, and then a long stop just before the last word. Most strange.

(The audience didn't help, with their talking and rustling and knowledgeable laughter, but of course, that's not the production's fault.)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

7:47PM - What's showing in the West End this week (June 26 - July 2)

Adelphi
Chicago

Albery
The Shaughraun

Aldwych
Fame

Apollo
The Big Life

Apollo Victoria
Saturday Night Fever

Arts
Immodesty Blaize and Walter’s Burlesque!

Cambridge
Derren Brown’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
Dreaming in the streets

Comedy
The Home Place

Criterion
The Countess

Dominion
We will rock you

Donmar Warehouse
This is how it goes

Drury Lane
The Producers

Duke of York’s
Hedda Gabler

Fortune
The Woman in Black

Garrick
Elmina’s Kitchen

Gielgud
Some girl(s)

Haymarket
The genius of Ray Charles

Her Majesty’s
The Phantom of the Opera

London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lyceum
The Lion King

Lyric
Death of a Salesman

National Theatre
The UN Inspector
Aristocrats
The president of an empty room
On the shore of the wide world

New London
Joseph and the technicolour dreamcoat

Old Vic
The Philadelphia Story

Open Air
Jimmy Carr
Cymbeline
Twelfth Night

Palace
The Woman in White

Phoenix
Blood Brothers

Piccadilly
Guys and Dolls

Playhouse
The postman always rings twice

Prince Edward
Mary Poppins

Prince of Wales
Mamma Mia!

Queen’s
Les Miserables

Royal Court
Talking to Terrorists
Way to Heaven

Royal Opera House
La Boheme
Otello

St Martin’s
The Mousetrap

Savoy
The Rat Pack

Shakespeare’s Globe
The Tempest
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles

Vaudeville
Stomp

Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Wyndham
As You Like It

Current mood: working

Monday, June 20, 2005

6:50PM - General first postness

Basically, this a place in which you can discuss/review/anticipate anything to do with theatre in Britain. Any thoughts on plays are welcome (even if they've been running for a while) and feel free to add your comments to somebody else's review.

Please read the rules in the user info before posting. There aren't many.

Current mood: geeky