March 27th 2017
Reviewer rating: ★★★★★

There is a moment of pure exhilaration and excitement before the curtain rises and the West End revival of the famous backstage musical, 42nd Street begins. After 33 years, the production returns to its original home in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with a strong and tap-tastic cast of 48.
The premise is simple. Famed director, Julian Marsh (Tom Lister) is putting on a new show ‘Pretty Lady’ in the midst of the Great Depression and Broadway diva Dorothy Brock (Grammy Award-winning Sheena Easton) is hired in the lead role by the producers who need a sure fire way to sell the show. Spoiler alert: Dorothy breaks her leg and small town girl destined for bigger things, Peggy Sawyer (Clare Halse) takes her spot.
Although there are stunning performances from the principals namely Clare, who is going to wow the London stage long past 42nd Street, the real star of the show have to be the ensemble who keep the energy high throughout the whole night. Belting and tapping their way through iconic numbers, such as Keep Young and BeautifulShuffle Off to Buffalo to Getting Out of Town to the final number, 42nd Street.
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For those crying for big band old school musicals, Director Michael Bramble has heard those cries and is giving you everything possible to satisfy those needs.
Check out our interview with Norman Bowman here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A0L4dyRu_A&feature=youtu.be
You can buy tickets for 42nd Street here: http://www.42ndstreetmusical.co.uk/

By Charly Ralph

A pier surrounded by the ever changing sea is the perfect setting for Steven Berkoff’s turbulent writing as the intimate Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, hosts a highly anticipated double bill of his work this month.  A solitary bench is expertly brought to life by Shaun Dooley (Man) and Emily Bruni (Woman) as their expression of Berkoff’s provocative prose immediately captivates the audience.

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Shaun Dooley and Emily Bruni

New to Berkoff’s style, we were somewhat unprepared for the overwhelming stream of chaotic metaphors that are prevalent throughout. Conversational dialogue and intimate thoughts are often interchanging, as in life, yet sometimes the difficulty to distinguish between the two led to moments of confusion. This led to a lack of understanding of what exactly was being said.

However, director Nigel Harman’s decision to incorporate a considerable amount of animation in ‘Lunch’ was a wise one and the visual representation of the characters’ deepest, darkest thoughts ultimately enhances the audiences understanding of the piece. The movement used is extremely physical, especially from Dooley’s committed portrayal of ‘Man’, as true human desire is unveiled.

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Nigel Harman

The second play, ‘The Bow Of Ulysses’, is almost a complete juxtaposition as the same characters sit lifeless, twenty years later, exchanging monologues filled with despair and extreme levels of hatred for one another. Choosing to perform them consecutively worked perfectly as both offer a level of insight to the other, providing a more complete appreciation for Berkoff’s two complex personalities.

Although both pieces offer an element of humour, audience laughter is mostly in response to the shocking sentiments being shared on stage. It’s  a theatrical experience designed to make you feel uncomfortable at times, to question the darkest depths of human nature and the worst of relationships.

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Steven Berkoff’s ‘Lunch’ and ‘The Bow Of Ulysses’, directed by Nigel Harman, are playing at The Trafalgar Studios until November 5th http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/lunch-and-the-bow-of-ulysses/trafalgar-studios/

By Sophie Ross

The Orchard Theatre in the heart of Dartford’s town centre is the home to all of your theatre needs. They offer a wide range of entertainment from touring productions of West End musicals, top comedians, classical music, bands and their annual pantomime to name just a few. Originally opened in 1983, this hub of culture has enjoyed incredible success and opened it’s doors to some of the biggest and most respected names in the business.

On Sunday September 4th, they welcome you to a morning of fun and exploration. From 10am – 2pm the general public can have an access all areas experience and delve into the exciting world of theatre. The Theatre invites you to come backstage as they lift up the curtain allowing you to see the behind the scenes action. Activities on the day will include backstage tours, demonstrations, creative workshops and arts and crafts.

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Tickets to this event are FREE so don’t miss out.
Book your free ticket by calling 01322 220000 or book online at orchardtheatre.co.uk.

By Charly Ralph

As a patron of the National Youth Ballet since 1989, it has been revealed that Joanna Lumley will host a special Memorial Tribute Gala performance on Sunday 4 th September. Taking place at the iconic performing arts venue, Sadler’s Wells, the event will celebrate the company’s Founder and Artistic Director Jill Tookey who sadly passed away in March of this year.

Since meeting Jill at one the company’s beautiful performances at Sadler’s Wells, over twenty five years ago, Joanna has become an avid supporter of the National Youth Ballet and has subsequently narrated two of their ballets. The celebratory evening will see Joanna joined on stage by many returning alumni who have gone on to dance for leading performance companies, including Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

For more than three decades, Jill Tookey quietly became one of the industry’s most influential dance leaders, inspiring generations of young dancers and choreographers, many of whom have embarked upon successful professional careers since their training with the National Youth Ballet. In recognition of her services to dance, Jill was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours, and in June this was presented at Buckingham Palace to her ten-year- old granddaughter, and 2016 NYB company member, Gabriella Rummery.

National Youth Ballet involves talented young dancers aged 8 to 18 in every aspect of creating a ballet, from the conception of an idea through to performance on stage at a professional level. The Company inspires children from all walks of life to become involved with dance through schools and community workshops. It utilises the skills of students in associated arts and encourages the talents of young designers, costumiers, musicians and student teachers in the preparation and production of all their work.

Through the Beyond Ballet platform, the Company also nurtures young choreographic talent, supporting young choreographers in devising and showcasing their own works at professional level. This year 120 dancers from across the country were offered places with the Company, and will perform in the 2016 season.

The innovative Beyond Ballet platform will also return, showcasing young choreographic talents presenting their own works. The Memorial Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells will also include new commissions and performances from returning alumni including choreographer Andrew McNicol, West End performer Lucinda Lawrence and Birmingham Royal Ballet first artist Ruth Brill.

The 2016 programme, which includes performances at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, will also showcase highlights from National Youth Ballet’s 29-year history through some of Jill’s favourite commissions. These include The Old Man of Lochnagar, a ballet based on the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales, choreographed by Olivier Award winner and NYB alumnus Drew McOnie.

By Sophie Ross

The famous award winning Les Mis Vs Phantom charity football match is back and better than ever. The fun kicks off on Sunday 7th August at Bromley’s Arena. There’s still time to grab a ticket and do your bit for this amazing cause. With a star studded stagey concert and an all star football match, this isn’t one to be missed.

With an online donation page raising over £1,700 at current the proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer support. Macmillan provides support for people who are affected by cancer to make sure that no-one faces cancer alone.

Which team are you supporting? Let us know over on @TheTheatreHub.

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Buy your tickets here:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/RLSiLFLWVlaZ

Donate to the cause: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LMVP5

Shoshana Bean is currently staring as leading lady Fanny Brice at the North Shore theatre in Massachusetts. Playing her dream role, gaining rave reviews and giving it her all, she is literally killing the game and proving she is the greatest star. The role, originated by Barbara Streisand back in 1968, tells the story of a young woman with big dreams who won’t let anyone rain on her parade to get to the top.

The show was recently revived in London and is open until October at the Savoy Theatre but this timeless classic is overdue a Broadway return.

Check out Shoshana in action below “Hello Gorgeous”…