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Friday, 5 March 2021

REVIEW: Facing the Music: Imelda Staunton at the Chichester Festival Theatre (Online)

Chichester Festival Theatre this week launched a series of four online events under the banner "Facing the music" before rerunning a recording of last year's event "Celebrating Sondheim" to at least connect with their audience and to celebrate musical theatre. First up is the irrepressible wonderful Imelda Sondheim, now surely a National Treasure, in conversation (when he lets her speak) with Edward Seckerson, a specialist musical theatre journalist. It's a fascinating insight into her approach to her work and reminds us of how she has become one of the leading Stephen Sondheim actresses amongst a host of other excellent work. 

The ninety-minute interview focuses on her portrayals of Sondheim's extraordinary leading lady creations and draws out her approach to each and the similarities in them. It briefly touches on her role as Vera Drake in the Mike Leigh film made in 2003 which involved six months of improvised rehearsal and three and half months filming and of which Staunton said she had "never done anything else easier" and the rehearsal put the character into her "muscle memory". So successful was the process that she won a BAFTA and Oscar nomination. It also touched on her time at RADA and in repertory in Exeter and Nottingham that gave her a solid base of experience.

Monday, 4 September 2017

FIRST LOOK: Folles at the National Theatre

1971, New York. There’s a party on the stage of the Weissman Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the NT. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). 

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

GYPSY at the Chichester Theatre has announced the full cast

The full cast has now been announced for Gypsy at the Chichester theatre. It's as follows: Dan Burton will play Tulsa,  Jimmy Chisholm/Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick/Mr Goldstone, Harry Dickman/Pop, Anita Louise Combe/Tessie, Roger Dipper/L.A./Farmboy, Louise Gold/Mazeppa, Clare Halse/Majorie May/Toreadorable, Tom Hodgkins/Weber / Boucheron, Kieran Jae/Angie/Farmboy, Julie Legrand/Electra / Miss Cratchitt, Danielle Morris/Geraldine / Toleadorable, Jane McMurtrie/Jaynie, Jack North/Little Rock / Farmboy, Damien Poole/Yonkers / Farmboy, Gemma Sutton/June, Natalie Woods/Agnes / Toreadorable and Lauren Varnham/Waitress / Delores / Toreadorable.

 Gypsy is now confirmed for Chichester season starring Imelda Staunton /Mama Rose with  Kevin Whately/Herbie and Lara Pulver as Louise. It is directed by Jonathan Kent with choreography by Stephen Mear. 

Imelda Staunton returns to Chichester to play the legendary Mama Rose withJonathan Kent directing her again (last time was Mrs Lovett with Michael Ball inSweeney Todd  in 2011).  


Sunday, 13 July 2014

15 of the Best West End Duos!

Following from last weeks feature (15 Most Memorable Performances I've seen) the Pocket team have been thinking about the best Duos that have been on the West End recently. 

So, in no particular order, here is our list... 

Sierra Boggess & Ramin Karimloo in Love Never Dies

Justin Lee Collins & Simon Lipkin in Rock of Ages


Sunday, 6 July 2014

15 of the most Memorable performances I've ever seen

I was looking through a bunch of my old programmes and it got me thinking about some of the fantastic performances I have seen over my years of going to the theatre. So I've put together a list of some of my most favourite and most memorable performances I've had the pleasure of watching. 

So, in no particular order... 

Oliver Thornton as Adam (Felicia) in Priscilla Queen of the Desert 

Katherine Kingsley as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain


Friday, 2 May 2014

GOOD PEOPLE final weeks confirmed

After receiving universal critical and audience acclaim, the limited west end run of Jonathan Kent’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire's sharp, acerbic and funny play Good People confirms last performance at the Noёl Coward Theatre to be Saturday 14 June.

Led by Imelda Staunton (Margaret) and Lloyd Owen (Mike), the full cast of Good People at the Noёl Coward Theatre includes Lorraine Ashbourne (Jean), Matthew Barker (Stevie), Susan Brown (Dottie) and Angel Coulby(Kate).
Award-winning Good People, presented in the west end by Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions, had its UK Premiere at the Hampstead Theatre where it sold out its run before transferring to the Noёl Coward Theatre from 10 April.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

GOOD PEOPLE releases trailer and new production pictures

Led by Imelda Staunton (Margaret) and Lloyd Owen (Mike), the full cast of Good People at the Noёl Coward Theatreincludes Lorraine Ashbourne (Jean), Matthew Barker (Stevie), Susan Brown (Dottie) and Angel Coulby (Kate).

Presented in the west end by Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions, Jonathan Kent's production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning play received universal praise when it made its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre onMarch 5th.

If you were born in South Boston you've started life on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will need all the energy you can muster. Margie (Imelda Staunton) is a sharp-tongued single-mother on the edge. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him, but when Margie's plan brings unexpected consequences for her and the unsuspecting Mike (Lloyd Owen), both must look to the past to re-examine the choices and secrets that brought them back together.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for West End transfer of critically acclaimed Good People which will play a limited season of just ten weeks at the Noёl Coward Theatre from 10th April, as previously announced.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Hampstead Theatre's GOOD PEOPLE transfers to the West End

Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions are today delighted to announce that by popular demand the critically acclaimed production of Good People will transfer to the West End to play a limited season of just ten weeks at the Noёl Coward Theatre.

Jonathan Kent's production received universal praise when it made its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre on March 5th. Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen lead the cast in this award-winning play about whether you can ever truly leave the place where you were born.


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sweeney Todd the Musical: Theatre Review

The classic musical Sweeney Todd which was recently turned into a Hollywood movie starring Johnny Deep and Helena Bonham Carter in 2007 was first staged on Broadway in 1979 and closed the following year earning itself Nine Tony Award nominations, winning eight of them including Best Musical. The show transferred to London in 1980 closing later that year; despite the mixed reviews the show won Best Musical at the Olivier Awards. The show has since then had multiple revivals on Broadway in 1989 and 2005 and in London in 1993, 2004 and the most recent Chichester Production which transferred to the West End in March 2012.
The show recieved positive reviews from critics and was labelled a must see by everyone who saw it, so it was only right that the production made its way over to London so West End audiences could experience it. The score by Stephen Sondheim is intelligent and interesting, his lyrics are very powerful and every song was a moving moment for all characters. However I can't help but feel a few of the songs were a bit much to take in a at times, I zoned out in a few of them and was thinking about what I was going to have for dinner the next day. But they were delivered brilliantly by the cast and were modernised greatly in this production while still keeping the original essence that Sondheim intended to have.
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