Pantomime season is in full swing now in the run up to Christmas. What’s that I hear you say? Oh no it isn’t? Oh yes, it certainly is. My team of reviewers and I have been all over the shop this week seeing everything from the gay themed Treasure Island (the curse of the pearl necklace) at Above The Stag to Jack and the Beanstalk at the Park Theatre. But let’s try to see through the tinsel and look at what else has been happening in theatre land…
Kander and Ebbs musical The Scottsboro Boys will close on 21 February and be replaced by the Beatles tribute show Let It Be from 28 February. The show is yoyo-ing in and out of town this year and will once again fill the Garrick Theatre until 27 September.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will close at the Savoy Theatre on 7 March and the Chichester Festival production of Gypsy will take its place from 30 March 2015. It seems everything’s coming up roses for Imelda Staunton recently who can seem to do no wrong on stage.
I went to see Nichole Scherzinger play Grizabella in the Christmas revival of Cats at the London Palladium this week. She was very good but I wasn’t as schamazed by her performance as the rest of the world seem to be! Take a look at my review for the show to find out what I thought and also for a rather handy guide to who’s who in the show. I spent hours staring at my own cat when I got home, hoping to see a sneaky backflip but alas, it didn’t happen.
Shakespeare In Love’s lead actors will be replaced after Christmas with Orlando James starring as Will Shakespeare and Eve Ponsonby as Viola De Lesseps from 12 January. This brilliant play is now booking until April 2015 at the Noël Coward Theatre.
From 2 February Nic Rouleau and Brian Searsas will star in the London production of The Book of Mormon as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham. Tickets are the priciest in London right now with a single ticket costing over £200 this festive season!
Lastly, I went to Marcus Waring’s new restaurant Tredwell’s in Covent Garden this week to sample their pre-dining menu. Situated in the heart of theatre land, it’s the perfect place to go and eat before a show. Three gorgeous courses for just £20 – I was in heaven. Great service too! Check them out the next time you’re peckish.
Speak soon, I’m off for a cuppa. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and I’ll see all my dears in 2015. If you need a theatre fix before then, why not check out my Christmas Crackers, the perfect shows for last minute gift getters!
Love Wilms xx