Bridewell Theatre

Jul 30, 2012 by

‘David Copperfield’ is the third play I have seen at the Bridewell Theatre and the best yet.  If you haven’t yet made it to this lovely small theatre check out their programme now. Tucked away down a little lane off Fleet Street and near the beautiful St Brides Church, the Theatre runs a varied programme in the evenings and also hosts the brilliant Lunchbox Theatre. If I worked nearby I would definitely go to all of these plays which last 45 minutes and you are encouraged to bring your packed lunch! Such a refreshing break in the middle of the day and guaranteed to increase productivity in the afternoon! ‘David Copperfield‘ is one of my favourite Charles Dickens novels. It has not been singled out for multiple adaptations so it remains fresh and contains...

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Rosemary Branch Theatre

Feb 12, 2012 by

A theatre above a pub is a perfect combination. You can wait in the bar for friends, eat if you want to, then enjoy a good play. The Rosemary Branch is a lovely pub with plenty of space and a real fire. They even have a selection of board games below the stuffed animals. Can’t wait to come back and play ‘Bopit Extreme 2!’ The play we saw was ‘Sense and Sensibility‘, showing till 19th February 2012. It’s a nice antidote to the Dickensmania currently invading London and our TV screens. Helen Tennison’s production is original and imaginative with creative use of washing lines and picture frames! Tableaux were used to good effect and lighting, music and recorded voice all contributed to a new look at a story well-loved by Austen fans. Dance plays...

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Union Theatre Southwark

Dec 22, 2011 by

There’s nothing like a bit of Alan Ayckbourn to get you in the mood for Christmas, even though the action in ‘Joking Apart‘ at the Union Theatre, Southwark begins on Bonfire Night. As always, Ayckbourn’s characters are distinct and extreme with gentle fun being poked at different groups and the audience’s mood lurching from laughter to pathos. The set cleverly and effectively created the garden of an Old Rectory and much of the action takes place off stage; always tricky but extremely well done here. The Union Theatre is a sweet homely venue, made under the railway arches  and also hosts a cafe. A bizarre telephone booking system, where you leave a message and they only phone you back if there’s a problem, is an indication of the small team running the theatre with...

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The Bush Theatre

Dec 6, 2011 by

I really appreciate working in London and being able to take advantage of so much innovative theatre. These are exciting times for the Bush, a writers’ theatre, having recently re-opened in their new venue, a converted library, just off Shepherds Bush Green. We were lucky to have the opportunity of attending a performance of ‘Where’s My Seat?’ by Deirdre Kinahan, Jack Thorne and Tom Wells, which ran for two weeks in June. Audience members were invited to contribute ideas and give their opinions about how the future theatre would look. We were able to comment on just about everything to do with the theatre, from layout, seating and types of play, to what kind of hand dryer to have in the toilets (They chose Veltio incidentally which is actually the best hand dryer ever,...

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Almeida Theatre – My City...

Sep 18, 2011 by

A new theatre for us, The Almeida is modern and well designed for accessibility. The only concern being the pillars; luckily we had none in our eye line.  We were able to enjoy a delicious meal at the Almeida Restaurant handily placed opposite, courtesy of the Evening Standard offer. We were lucky to be at the first night of previews for ‘My City’, Stephen Poliakoff’s new play, a world premiere, no less. Road Show at the Menier, had been a European premiere, so we were moving up! The atmosphere was full of buzz and expectation. Knowing and loving Poliakoff’s film work, I was excited and intrigued to find out what he would offer. I was not disappointed. I had booked as soon as the booking opened and didn’t find out the cast till later....

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Menier Chocolate Factory

Aug 4, 2011 by

The Menier Chocolate Factory is a theatre, housed in the top of a former chocolate factory. The  space gives directors the freedom to create a different experience which audiences seem to love. The musical we saw ‘Road Show’ by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman was performed in an unusual format, using the whole length of the room, with the audience on either side. The actors and stage were like the filling in the sandwich, with the audience the bread. The play was fast paced, vibrant, funny and very well acted. A true team performance with hardly a break to draw breath. I felt the audience kept wanting to clap but were carried along at the speed of the story. A simple setting with creative use of props and furniture helped tell the story with...

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