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Miss Atomic Bomb (2016-03-St James Theatre-Main House-London)

Type de série:
Théâtre: The Other Palace (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Theatre
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Monday 07 March 2016
Première : Monday 14 March 2016
Dernière : Saturday 09 April 2016
Mise en scène : Bill Deamer • Adam Long
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Catherine Tate, Dean John-Wilson, Daniel Boys, Florence Andrews, Simon Lipkin, Michelle Andrews, Stephane Anelli, Charles Brunton, Jessica Buckby, Cavin Cornwall, Olivia Fines, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Sion Lloyd, Suzie McAdam, Kirk Patterson and Sasi Strallen
Presse : Les critiques sont mauvaises:

"There’s a kernel of something potentially intelligent and interesting here, particularly on the themes of personal and political betrayal. But the show goes for a 1950s screwball comedy style and misses it not just by a mile but by an entire exclusion zone." Lyn Gardner for The Guardian

"Those with sophisticated tastes should probably run for the hills and not look back. But even though it’s overlong, I have to confess to experiencing a steady rumble of grudging admiration that often erupted into outright laughter." Dominic Cavendish The Telegraph

"It’s a slick show, with plenty of pizzazz and some fun performances – Florence Andrews is winning as Candy, Catherine Tate is absurdly OTT as her fashion-obsessed sidekick, and Simon Lipkin makes for an endearingly hapless hotel manager." Holly Williams for The Independent

"The cast strive to make it work, but they need more conventional weapons – and a plot capable of causing tremors." Patrick Marmion for The Daily Mail

"Too many plotlines compete for attention, and the quality of the songs is uneven. Some lyrics are appealingly silly, and Bill Deamer’s choreography has plenty of snap, but the zany likeability of the more emotionally charged scenes is overwhelmed by samey tunes and messy storytelling." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

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Shout! (2009-04-Arts Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Arts theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Stage
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 17 April 2009
Première : Wednesday 29 April 2009
Dernière : Sunday 31 May 2009
Mise en scène : Bill Deamer
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Su Pollard (Auntie Yvonne), Shona White (Betty), Tiffany Graves (Georgina), Marissa Dunlop (Ruby), John Jack (The Man)
Commentaires : This show had undergone much revision since its premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2001. It had originated off-Broadway in 2000 and been re-written for a British setting and characters. It was further re-written and re-adapted for America when it was revived off-Broadway in July 2006. And now, once again, it re-appeared in London in yet another adaptation.
Commentaires longs: This second time in the UK the characters were more strongly drawn, though the story was basically the same: three girls come down to London from “Oop North” , sensible Betty with her eye on a job as a typist, glam-chick Georgina, who’s looking for fame and stardom, and sexy Ruby who is just looking for a man. They all meet at the South London hair salon run by Ruby’s Auntie Yvonne, who dishes out wisecracks and good advice by the bucket-load. (Each of the women was intended to represent a particular “type” of Sixties womanhood.) In the course of the show some thirty or so 1960s hit songs are performed whilst the man from “Shout” magazine links the stories and counts down the years

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Babes in Arms (2002-10-New Theatre-Cardiff)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New Theatre (Cardiff - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Wednesday 16 October 2002
Première : Wednesday 16 October 2002
Dernière : Saturday 26 October 2002
Mise en scène : Martin Connor
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Presse : The Times - Saturday 19th October 2002:
SEVERAL of the tastier offerings in Cardiff’s International Festival of Music Theatre are "concert performances", which must mean that folk in evening dress will be singing Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle, Porter's Jubilee and (too expensive and American a show to get the British premiere it merits) McNally and Flaherty's Ragtime. But Rodgers and Hart's Babes in Arms is receiving the full treatment.
That's to say, the decor is up to British touring if not Broadway standards, and the cast, though a bit raw, is young, spirited and hugely likeable.
Though the musical dates from the late 1930s, it represents the end of an era, not the start of a new one. And that's ironic, for the plot is supposedly about the theatre's future. The "babes in arms" are the youthful flotsam and jetsam working in a playhouse in Cape Cod, hoping to produce a show introducing New York to a brave new generation.
And how to achieve this? Their triumphant closing number, packed with girls in gold swimsuits, demonstrates how. By wowing the Great White Way with exactly the sort of jaunty show that had been wowing it for two decades. You might almost say that Babes in Arms marks the death-throes of the kind of musical the war and Oklahoma! Would sweep away.
But who cares? If you enjoy escapist 1920s and 1930s musicals, you'll enjoy this. The plot is sappy, key events are ill-motivated, but it's fun, fun, fun. It's fun to meet Rose Owen, the ex-child star who comes from Hollywood to launch a stage career in a doleful saga called The Deep North. It's fun to see this play's pretentious Southern author made to look a fool by the "babes in arms" when he dons a Davy Crockett hat and spouts lines about “facing the perils of the wind and snow". It's fun when, in a preposterously curt denouement, everything thespian and romantic turns out well.
The songs include Babes in Arms itself, Johnny One Note, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, which in its proper context is what it should be, a ode to freedom and wanderlust. With the delightful Alexandra Jay singing that, and Alicia Davies, Joshua Dallas, Simon Coulthard and Tiffany Graves also making quite an impression, I don't see why Martin Connor's production shouldn't go far.

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Babes in Arms (2007-05-Festival Theatre-Chichester)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Chichester Festival Theatre (Chichester - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 29 May 2007
Dernière : Saturday 07 July 2007
Mise en scène : Martin Connor
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :

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Boy Friend (The) (2006-07-Open Air Theatre Regent's Park-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Tuesday 18 July 2006
Première : Tuesday 18 July 2006
Dernière : Saturday 09 September 2006
Mise en scène : Ian Talbot
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Rachel Jerram (Polly Browne), Joshua Dallas (Tony), Anna Nicholas (Madame Dubonnet), Summer Strallen (Maisie), Ian Talbot (Lord Brockhurst), James Bisp (Marcel), Vivien Care (Guest), Claire Carrie (Hortense), Selina Chilton (Dulcie), Matthew Clark (Pepe)
Commentaires : Described as a “perfectly joyful piece of summer fluff” coinciding with glorious summer weather, and as entertaining now as it was at its premiere over 50 years ago.

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Boy Friend (The) (2007-08-Open Air Theatre Regent's Park-London)

Type de série: Reprise
Théâtre: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Tuesday 28 August 2007
Première : Tuesday 28 August 2007
Dernière : Saturday 15 September 2007
Mise en scène : Ian Talbot
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Claire Carrie (Hortense), Rachel Jerram (Polly Browne), Richard Reynard (Tony), Chris Ellis Stanton (Bobby van Husen), Kate Nelson (Maisie), Anna Nicholas (Mme Dubonnet), Ian Talbot (Lord Brockhurst) , Margaret Tyzack (Lady Brockhurst), Neil McCaul (Percival Browne), Charlotte Warren, Gemma Sutton, Hayley Gallivan
Commentaires : This was a three-week return of the production which had been a huge success at the Open Air Theatre in 2006 – with some changes of cast.

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Boy Friend (The) (2019-12-Menier Chocolate Factory-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 22 November 2019
Première : Tuesday 03 December 2019
Dernière : Saturday 07 March 2020
Mise en scène : Matthew White
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Jack Butterworth, Janie Dee, Adrian Edmondson, Tiffany Graves, Dylan Mason, Amara Okereke, Issy Van Randwyck, Tom Bales, Ryan Carter, Chloe Goodliffe, Matthew Ives, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson, Annie Southall, Peter Nash and Robert Portal
Commentaires : Sandy Wilson's all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies returns for the first major London revival in over 10 years.

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Evita (2008-05-UK Tour 3)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 ans 4 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 22 May 2008
Première : Tuesday 27 May 2008
Dernière : Saturday 24 September 2011
Mise en scène : Bill Kenwright • Bob Tomson
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Louise Dearman (Eva Peron), Seamus Cullen (Che), Mark Heenehan (Juan Peron), James Waud (Magaldi), Nikki Mae (Perón's Mistress)
Commentaires : Ce tour, suivant le revival de Londres en 2006, commença en 2008 avec Louise Dearman dans le rôle d’Evita (Rachael Wooding reprendra le rôle lors du tour) et Seamus Cullen (finaliste du show de la BBC show Any Dream Will Do) dans le rôle de Che.
La tournée en Grande-Bretagne s'est terminée à la fin 2009, mais a été reprise en mars 2010, puis une tournée dans toute l'Europe jusqu'en avril 2011. Elle a repris au Royaume-Uni et en Allemagne de mai à septembre 2011 avec cette fois Abigail Jaye comme Eva, Mark Powell comme Che et Mark Heenehan comme Perón.
Commentaires longs: Dates en Angleterre uniquement
PARTIE 1
22/5/08 to 7/6/08 - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
9/6/08 to 21/6/08 - Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
23/6/08 to 5/7/08 - Opera House, Manchester
7/7/08 to 19/7/08 - New Victoria Theatre, Woking
21/7/08 to 2/8/08 - Hippodrome, Bristol
18/8/08 to 30/8/08 - Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
1/9/08 to 13/9/08 - King's Theatre, Glasgow
29/9/08 to 11/10/08 - Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
13/10/08 to 25/10/08 - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
27/10/08 to 8/11/08 - Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
10/11/08 to 22/11/08 - New Theatre, Cardiff
23/12/08 to 10/1/09 - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
19/1/09 to 31/1/09 - Hull New Theatre, Hull
2/2/09 to 14/2/09 - Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
30/3/09 to 11/4/09 - Grand Opera House, Belfast
13/4/09 to 25/4/09 - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
11/5/09 to 23/5/09 - Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
8/6/09 to 20/6/09 - Theatre Royal, Norwich
22/6/09 to 4/7/09 - Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
7/7/09 to 18/7/09 - Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
21/9/09 to 3/10/09 - Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool
5/10/09 to 17/10/09 - Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
19/10/09 to 31/10/09 - Empire Theatre, Sunderland
2/11/09 to 14/11/09 - Royal & Derngate, Northampton
16/11/09 to 28/11/09 - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
30/11/09 to 12/12/09 - Princess Theatre, Torquay
23/3/10 to 10/4/10 - Churchill Theatre, Bromley

PARTIE 2
6/9/10 to 18/9/10 - The Lowry, Salford
20/9/10 to 2/10/10 - New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London
11/10/10 to 16/10/10 - Malvern Theatres, Malvern
18/10/10 to 30/10/10 - Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

PARTIE 3
2/5/11 to 14/5/11 - Theatre Royal, Bath
16/5/11 to 21/5/11 - New Victoria Theatre, Woking
23/5/11 to 28/5/11 - Opera House, Manchester
30/5/11 to 4/6/11 - Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
6/6/11 to 11/6/11 - King's Theatre, Glasgow
20/6/11 to 25/6/11 - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
27/6/11 to 2/7/11 - Hippodrome, Bristol
29/8/11 to 3/9/11 - His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
5/9/11 to 10/9/11 - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
12/9/11 to 24/9/11 - Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

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Evita (2013-05-UK Tour 4)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Monday 13 May 2013
Première : Wednesday 15 May 2013
Dernière : Saturday 19 July 2014
Mise en scène : Bill Kenwright • Bob Tomson
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Madelena Alberto (Eva Perón), Marti Pellow (Ché), Mark Heenehan (Juan Perón), Nic Gibney (Magaldi), Sarah McNicholas (Perón's Mistress)
Commentaires : Une tournée, annoncée après le succès de la production de Broadway de 2012, a été produite par Bill Kenwright suite à une autorisation spéciale. Ouvrant le 15 mai 2013, au New Wimbledon Theatre, la production comprenait Marti Pellow de Wet Wet Wet comme Che. La tournée s’est terminée par 55 représentations au Dominion Theatre dans le West End en septembre/octobre 2014.
Commentaires longs: Dates de représentations:
15/5/13 au 18/5/13 - New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London
20/5/13 au 1/6/13 - Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
3/6/13 au 15/6/13 - King's Theatre, Glasgow
24/6/13 au 29/6/13 - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
1/7/13 au 13/7/13 - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
15/7/13 au 27/7/13 - Theatre Royal, Norwich
29/7/13 au 10/8/13 - The Lowry, Salford
19/8/13 au 31/8/13 - Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
3/9/13 au 14/9/13 - Grand Opera House, Belfast
16/9/13 au 28/9/13 - Hall for Cornwall, Truro
30/9/13 au 5/10/13 - Grand Theatre, Swansea
7/10/13 au 12/10/13 - Hippodrome, Bristol
14/10/13 au 19/10/13 - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
21/10/13 au 26/10/13 - Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
30/10/13 au 9/11/13 - Broadway Peterborough, Peterborough
22/1/14 au 25/1/14 - New Theatre, Oxford
27/1/14 au 8/2/14 - Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
10/2/14 au 15/2/14 - Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre), Dublin
17/2/14 au 22/2/14 - New Theatre, Cardiff
24/2/14 au 1/3/14 - Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
10/3/14 au 15/3/14 - Sands Centre, Carlisle
17/3/14 au 22/3/14 - Palace Theatre, Manchester
24/3/14 au 5/4/14 - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
8/4/14 au 19/4/14 - Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
21/4/14 au 26/4/14 - Hull New Theatre, Hull
28/4/14 au 3/5/14 - Venue Cymru (formally - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno
6/5/14 au 10/5/14 - Malvern Theatres, Malvern
12/5/14 au 17/5/14 - Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
19/5/14 au 24/5/14 - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
27/5/14 au 31/5/14 - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
2/6/14 au 7/6/14 - The Orchard, Dartford
9/6/14 au 14/6/14 - Grand Opera House, York
16/6/14 au 21/6/14 - Empire Theatre, Sunderland
23/6/14 au 28/6/14 - New Victoria Theatre, Woking
30/6/14 au 5/7/14 - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
7/7/14 au 12/7/14 - Princess Theatre, Torquay
14/7/14 au 19/7/14 - Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

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Evita (2014-09-Dominion Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Dominion Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 55 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 16 September 2014
Première : Monday 22 September 2014
Dernière : Saturday 01 November 2014
Mise en scène : Bill Kenwright • Bob Tomson
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Marti Pellow (Che), Madalena Alberto (Evita), Ben Forster (Magaldi), Matthew Cammelle (Peron), Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burilin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler, Christopher Palmer
Presse : "You may end up feeling that the show’s heart is in the right place – and that Evita’s was too. But it’s a close call." (Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph)

"The music is brilliant as ever; it’s the bits in between the songs that are the problem. The actors’ over- blown gestures seem strained." (Emily Jupp for The Independent)

"If the show still works, it is largely because it boasts one of Lloyd Webber’s best, most tightly composed scores. It uses Latin American rhythms, military marches, and wistful ballads yet constantly returns to a key melodic phrase in the big number." (Michael Billington for The Guardian)

"Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright direct slickly, employing a large ensemble to give a sense of both the lighter and darker sides of Buenos Aires life. But the limited seven-week run is the best thing for this Evita." (Fiona Mountford for The Evening Standard)

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Evita (2017-08-Phoenix Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Phoenix Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 28 July 2017
Première : Wednesday 02 August 2017
Dernière : Saturday 14 October 2017
Mise en scène : Bill Kenwright • Bob Tomson
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Emma Hatton (Eva Perón), Gian Marco Schiaretti (Che), Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Jordan Oliver, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref

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Follies (2019-02-Olivier Theatre-National Theatre-London)

Type de série: Reprise
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 14 February 2019
Première : Tuesday 19 February 2019
Dernière : Saturday 06 April 2019
Mise en scène : Dominic Cooke
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone), Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Zizi Strallen, Leisha Mollyneaux, Emily Langham, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.
Commentaires : After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019

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Lady be good (2007-07-Open Air Theatre Regent's Park-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Tuesday 17 July 2007
Première : Thursday 19 July 2007
Dernière : Saturday 25 August 2007
Mise en scène : Ian Talbot
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Chris Ellis-Stanton (Dick Trevor), Kate Nelson (Suzie Trevor) , Rachel Jerram ( Shirley Vernon), Hattie Ladbury (Josephine Vanderwater), Paul Grunert (J. Watterson Watkins), Giles Taylor (Bertie Bassett), Norman Bowman (Jack Robinson), Charlotte Warren, Thomas Padden, Steve Watts, Joseph Pitcher
Commentaires : This was a re-creation of the same production staged by Ian Talbot at the Open Air Theatre fifteen years earlier .

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Shout! (2009-04-Arts Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Arts theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Stage
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 17 April 2009
Première : Wednesday 29 April 2009
Dernière : Sunday 31 May 2009
Mise en scène : Bill Deamer
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Avec : Su Pollard (Auntie Yvonne), Shona White (Betty), Tiffany Graves (Georgina), Marissa Dunlop (Ruby), John Jack (The Man)
Commentaires : This show had undergone much revision since its premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2001. It had originated off-Broadway in 2000 and been re-written for a British setting and characters. It was further re-written and re-adapted for America when it was revived off-Broadway in July 2006. And now, once again, it re-appeared in London in yet another adaptation.
Commentaires longs: This second time in the UK the characters were more strongly drawn, though the story was basically the same: three girls come down to London from “Oop North” , sensible Betty with her eye on a job as a typist, glam-chick Georgina, who’s looking for fame and stardom, and sexy Ruby who is just looking for a man. They all meet at the South London hair salon run by Ruby’s Auntie Yvonne, who dishes out wisecracks and good advice by the bucket-load. (Each of the women was intended to represent a particular “type” of Sixties womanhood.) In the course of the show some thirty or so 1960s hit songs are performed whilst the man from “Shout” magazine links the stories and counts down the years

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Top Hat (2012-05-Aldwych Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Aldwych Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 19 April 2012
Première : Wednesday 09 May 2012
Dernière : Saturday 26 October 2013
Mise en scène : Matthew White
Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer
Producteur :
Presse : "Amiable stage version of the celebrated Astaire-Rogers 1935 RKO musical. The evening can be quickly summed up as 'great songs, daft book'; and one simply waits patiently for the next Irving Berlin number or elegant dance routine to come along which, happily, they do with reasonable frequency."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"The plot is thin and the jokes are often corny, with some of the exposition distinctly unexciting. Yet for the most part the execution is light and wholesome."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

"I left the theatre feeling I had experienced an enjoyable evening, rather than a truly great one. Despite the fantastic Irving Berlin score, which includes all the numbers from the original film plus a host of his other titles, including the hauntingly ominous Let’s Face the Music and Dance, something is lacking. And that something is combustible stage chemistry...It’s an engaging evening, but one that just fails to scale the dizzy heights of showbiz heaven. "
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph