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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Pocket Size Theatre 5th Anniversary: The top 10 worst shows we've ever seen!

This production was reviewed in October 2017 by Mark Swale, one of our regular reviewers. After personally seeing the original tour and London production this show I was really hoping this would be an exciting show so was looking forward to reading the review. However, this experience wasn't the most joyful evenings...

"This show lacked any style or vision, nothing was interesting or different... This Sell-a-Door production fails to hit the mark, a show which has potential has been miscast with poor creative decisions. Wet. And not in the way you want."

This show was reviewed by one of our harsher (but brilliant!) reviewers, Andy Edmeads. He went to see the show on tour back in May 2017 at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and what he saw didn't seem to hit the mark. This show has some cracking numbers in but clearly, this wasn't the good kind of cracking!

"The direction was flat and formulaic... Thoroughly Modern Millie is a dire evening out and this felt like a tired and lazy production... This is a show that really is best left for low-budget am-dram companies to wheel out in an emergency."

Saturday, 14 October 2017

REVIEW: Metropolis at Ye Olde Rose and Crown

Here, in my humble opinion are a list of subjects that shouldn’t be made into a musical:

The ‘successful’ reign of Hitler, The Trial of OJ Simpson and Metropolis, sadly the last one has been created. This musical adaptation by Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes of the 1927 cult classic is the next show that the resident company of Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub, All Star Productions have decided to tackle - the main question is, why? 

Metropolis’ story is about the massive class divide in the year 2026 where the elitist society live in leisure whilst machines facilitate their way of life and the poor, Workers run the machines. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Casting has been announced for the first London revival of METROPOLIS

Casting has been announced for the first London revival of METROPOLIS by All Star Productions at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre. 

Cast includes Rob Heron (Steven), Miiya Alexandra (Maria / Futura), Gareth James (Freeman), Kitty Whitelaw (Warner), Michael Levi (George), Alex Ely (Jeremiah) and Marc Mackinnon (Groat). Ensemble includes Annabel Edwards, Kieran Wynne, Tami Stone, Michael Larcombe, Laura Hyde, Mikey Wooster, Natalie Jayne Hall, Tom Blackmore, Freya Tilly and Shannon Kavanagh. 

Based on the 1927 Fritz Lang silent film, METROPOLIS opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1989 with a cast that included Brian Blessed, Judy Kuhn and Graham Bickely. 

Set in 2026 METROPOLIS is the last city in the world where all natural resources have been extinguished. The city relies on slave workers labour to keep running. The workers are locked up in an Underground city where they are forced to work at machines and not even allowed to see the sun whilst the wealthy industrialists reign in high rise buildings above.
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