Chess is probably best summed up as “The Thinking-Person’s Musical.” It’s a cold war love story to rival Phantom & Les Mis – and it’s coming back to the West End! Here’s everything you need to know.
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova has joined forces with razor sharp theatre group “Les Enfants Terribles” to transform London’s Saatchi Gallery into a dark and powerful theatrical experience. Read all about it in our interview!
Less than half of theatregoers can correctly name 8/10 of these theatrical streets! Can you score a perfect ten?
British audiences are spoiled for choice this autumn: Don’t miss out on world class West End Theatre… You’ll be gutted if you do!
Tired of unrelentingly bad news? Need some sunshine to drive away the rain? Then follow the rainbow to the Arts Theatre, currently home to the sensationally funny and deeply moving Olivier Award-winning transfer of Rotterdam. With its central themes of transgender identity, sexuality and non-linear relationships, I must admit that I expected an evening of tense, serious theatre – not a bit of it.
We took time out from rehearsals to interview Tiffany Graves and Dex Lee about their roles in Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party.
You’d struggle to find a stronger cast anywhere in the West End, and when the show succeeds it exposes a raw humanity that most of us try our best to hide.
Ever thought of working in a theatre box office? It’s great fun – although we can think of at least 10 things that will drive you mad!
“The honour would be entirely mine if you would attend my little party.”
It’s the roaring twenties– an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. Jay Gatsby has invited you to one of his infamous parties and that’s not an invite you want to turn down.
At midday on Monday 30th January, Hamilton tickets go on public sale. We’ve rounded up EVERYTHING you need to know about booking, what it’s about, and who’s who in the show – including a very funny (and not completely accurate) plot summary by two old ladies on the tube:
And How To Ask The Big Questions Via Science Fiction Musical Theatre.
Astronaut John Spartan has finally made it into space…
We review The Kite Runner at the Wyndham’s Theatre. A warts-and-all story of a privileged but damaged life in Kabul, revealing a side to Afghanistan that few Westerners see.
We asked Facebook users their least favourite audience behaviour in theatres – here are the top 10 results.
Many people will be avoiding Central London tomorrow, Monday 9th January, because of a 24 hour strike by Workers from the RMT and the TSSA. DON’T! Use Theatremonkey’s Day Seat Finder and make the most of the strike!
Most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed during the action but that could be just the ticket to snaffle a bargain for often sold-out West End shows.
We ask Facebook users to vote for the bad behaviour that annoys them the most in theatre.
We asked Facebook users to vote for the best ever Musical Theatre overtures – and here are the results.
If you love your musicals Christmassy and camp, pop on a scarf and head south to Stockwell, where a passionate group of amateur performers is taking on Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at South London’s lovely Lost Theatre.
This Christmas Carol may not stick faithfully to the spirit of the original story, and the tunes may not be from Menken’s top drawer, but this version, with a book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens (who also wrote the lyrics), does have an undeniable – if schmaltzy – charm.
“Overtures are out of style now. I miss them. It’s the show’s way of welcoming you.” The Drowsy Chaperone.
The Drowsy Chaperone’s Man in the Chair had a point. Overtures may have somewhat fallen out of favour, but they serve an important purpose – allowing the audience to settle, sweets to be unwrapped and, most important of all, to introduce the audience to the show’s musical themes; a little amuse bouche to whet the appetite before the main course arrives.
So which is your favourite overture? Vote below
If the thought of “Peace, Love and Goodwill to All” fills you with horror, you just might need a trip to Balham’s Theatre N16 where Simon Stephens’ play, Christmas, puts a brutally honest, deliciously cynical twist on the holiday season.
Set in a bleak East End pub where Frank Sinatra looks down from the wall and landlord Michael (Brendan Weakliam) is up to his eyes in debt, the first punter to arrive is casual labourer Billy (Jack Bence). Billy still lives with his mum and although he thinks f**king is an adjective, his limited vocabulary still has a sardonic wit – “I couldn’t, Michael, help but notice the striking economy of your Christmas decorations”. It’s not just the decorations that are sparse – so are the customers.
When I was eight I remember subjecting my family to a puppet version of Cinderella, performed entirely from behind the settee. Theatre N16 have created a not dissimilar effect with their Christmas family show, The Snow Queen which runs until 22nd December. But rather than feel cheap, its home-made special effects and seemingly non-existent production budget lend it a charm so utterly beguiling that no lavish pantomime could possibly hope to compete.