Best from the Box…

A disgruntled Kayleigh..!
A disgruntled Kayleigh..!

One of our favourite offbeat commentaries on London Theatreland is Kayleigh Llewellyn’s insider and alternative perspective at My So Called Life In A Box. Documenting her interactions and overheard conversations with the public, during her job at a West-End ticket selling booth, the blog is both insightful and hilarious. Though it consists of ‘found material’ and real-life incidents, Kayleigh self identifies as a “writer, improviser, feminist” and her nuanced sarcasm and astute observation never fails to have us in stitches. Without further ado, here are five of our top recent moments (click on titles for full posts): Read more

Beautiful Ladies Win Big at the Oliviers…

Katie Brayben as Carole King
Katie Brayben as Carole King

Beautiful is the story of hit-writing songstress Carole King – the ordinary girl behind the iconic songs. At Sunday night’s prestigious Olivier awards the musical, which was nominated for 8 awards, smashed it out of the park with two important wins. Katie Brayben went away with BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL and Lorna Want, her right hand woman who plays Cynthia Weil (a fellow writer and great friend of Carole’s) was awarded BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL.

You can catch the award winning musical in the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. For now here is the lovely Katie discussing the importance of the nomination to her and the cast…

We are also selling Beautiful tickets.

A Mad World My Masters – National Tour

madworld1_2590553bThere’s so much great theatre transferring from Stratford’s Swan – here we are with another post on an RSC production, now touring the UK.

The Royal Shakespeare Company may not exactly be synonymous with irreverence but Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World My Master is all glamour, filth and fun! Set in fifties Soho, it tells the story of a young bachelor desperate to get his hands on his rich uncle’s fortune by any means possible.

Sean Foley’s production comes complete with new gags, jazzy musical numbers and pure entertainment. The nationwide tour is already in full-swing and reaches London on April 29th, with a limited run at the Barbican.

For more information head here 

Oppenheimer Opening Soon

EventGallery-3566Here at From The Box Office HQ we are falling over ourselves with excitement for the upcoming, limited run of Oppenheimer at Vaudeville Theatre, Lodon (March 27th).

Tom Morton-Smith’s play was an explosive hit (ahem, sorry… we couldn’t resist!) in Stratford-Upon-Avon, with critics praising the show’s marriage of personal intrigue and historical import. Dominic Cavendish called the ambitious RSC production “an evening greater than the sum of its many brisk scenes”.

j-robert-oppenheimerScientific biopics are seemingly rather en vogue just now, with both The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything clearing up at the film awards ceremonies this year… it seems theatre is to be no exception.

J. Robert Oppenheimer was by all accounts a fascinating character, wrapped up in Communist politics and now associated with philosophical queries into the morality of science and war. Morton-Smith’s play chronicles The Manhatten Project from the discovery of nuclear fision, through to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima but also takes pains to explore the man himself. It is both meticulously researched and thoroughly accessible. An insightful yet entertaining watch…

Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson and retains the majority of it’s 20 strong, critically acclaimed cast members.

Oppenheimer is showing at Vaudeville Theatre, London from March 27th – May 23rd. Tickets are available from £27.16.