News: cast announced for A Journey to the Past

Bray Productions Ltd have announced principal and supporting cast members that will be joining Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman in A Journey to the Past, a West End celebration of the works of the Tony Award-winning and world-renowned musical theatre writing team Ahrens & Flaherty. 

The musical celebration, directed by Maria Friedman, will feature a selection of music from the writing duo’s most beloved works, including Maria Friedman reprising her Olivier Award-winning performance of ‘Back to Before’ from Ragtime.  Continue reading “News: cast announced for A Journey to the Past”

Review: Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse

Despite a strong lead performance from Alex Young, Anyone Can Whistle ends up really testing the patience at Southwark Playhouse

“The play isn’t over by a long shot yet!”

Sondheim’s musical reputation means that he gets away with a lot when it comes to his shows, Anyone Can Whistle being a real case in point. Arthur Laurents’ book is a stinker, no two ways about it, and so any production has to wrestle with a narrative that feels wilfully confusing as it tries to evoke a madcap world. I’ve seen a couple of productions now that have done a decent job (Tom Littler doing well at the Jermyn Street, Phil Willmott making a stab at the Union) but in all honesty, it’s a fight that few win, even the original production ended up closing a few nights after opening. 

I loved much of the creativity, energy and thoughtfulness of the approach that Georgie Rankcom’s dayglo production takes here at the Southwark Playhouse. To be frank, I still don’t think the show works and if you have seen it before, I find the novelty of ticking it off your list soon wears off. But a cracking lead performance from Alex Young is a real stand-out from an actress currently in a really rich vein of form and by sheer force of will, almost makes the whole thing hang together and forgive the mild audience participation. Continue reading “Review: Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse”

February casting updates

Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated return of critically acclaimed musical The Wicker Husband. Following the show’s premature closure on its original press night on 16 March 2020, Artistic Director Paul Hart, Executive Director Claire Murray and the team at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre are thrilled to welcome the creative team and cast to The Watermill for a new run of the show this March.

Joseph Alessi will play ‘Cobbler’, Gemma Sutton will play ‘Ugly Girl’, Olivier Award winner George Maguire as ‘Wicker Husband’, Angela Caesar as ‘Cobbler’s Wife’, Jonathan Charles as ‘Innkeep’, Claire-Marie Hall as ‘Innkeep’s Wife’, Jack Quarton as ‘Tailor’ and Davina Moon as ‘Tailor’s Wife’,  Julian Forsyth as ‘Old Basket Maker’ with Jon Whitten as on-stage band playing the Hammered Dulcimer, Rachel Barnes also as on-stage band, and Pat Moran as onstage Musical Director.

Nisha Anil and Sebastian Charles will be the puppeteers of The Wicker Husband, with Tom Norman as Swing. Continue reading “February casting updates”