Tag Archives | Craig Adams

Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far continues at The Pheasantry, London until 20 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This regular visitor to The Pheasantry has done better-prepared shows than The Story So Far which I thought would be a chronological retrospective of a career which took off when she understudied Martine […]

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Musical Theatre Workshop at Stratford East – seven new musicals in development

Seven new musical projects are currently under development at this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East Musical Theatre Workshop (continuing until 22 July). A total of 15 artists are currently at work until 22 July under the guidance of members of the East London venue’s artistic team including MT New Writing manager Fadi ‘Sevan’ Tavoukdjian and […]

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Julie Atherton – Crazy Coqs

Julie Atherton performs at the Crazy Coqs, London until 20 February. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Making her debut at Crazy Coqs, Julie Atherton comes with an extensive background in musical theatre. She created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q and has played the lead […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman team up for special one-off concert

Old friends and West End leading ladies Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman, who have known each other since they trained together at Laine Theatre Arts in the late 1990s, have teamed up for a special one-off concert on 27 September 2015 at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. At a special Easter breakfast launch at the same venue, the artists […]

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Follow Spot – Julie Atherton – Proud Cabaret City

The Follow Spot cabaret evenings are performed at London’s Proud Cabaret City (featuring Jess Robinson, Jack Shalloo and headliner Julie Atherton). The season continues until 26 April. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There is something eery about the City of London on a Sunday evening. Streets packed with pedestrians during the week become part of a ghost town, the occasional […]

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LIFT the Musical – Guildford School of Acting

LIFT the Musical was performed by third-year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Craig Adams and Ian Watson’s LIFT the Musical crystallises around the lives of eight everyday protagonists who chance to ride in the same elevator at Covent Garden tube station. In the 54 […]

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Kerry Ellis on her new album, UK tour and return to Wicked

It couldn’t be a busier time for actress and singer KERRY ELLIS. This month sees the release of her brand new studio album (14 September – digital/15 September – physical), the beginning of her solo UK tour and she is still managing to fit in a limited run in the West End production of Wicked […]

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Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music – Youth Music Theatre UK

Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music is performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Surrey, from 28-31 August. The Youth Music Theatre’s love-in with the rich, imaginative writing of Terry Pratchett, which began when Mort: The Musical played the Rose two years ago, continues with Soul Music, here a full-blown rock‘n’roll musical performed by an energetic, talented cast of 40, […]

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Thérèse Raquin – Park Theatre

Thérèse Raquin continues at the Park Theatre, London, until 24 August. Emile Zola’s mucky, macabre tale of the adultery and murder that ‘human animals’ get up to midst the tea-and-dominoes pseudo-gentility atop a little haberdashery shop in late 19th century Paris makes for a mighty unusual musical. If you head for the friendly 200-seater Park Theatre […]

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Youth Music Theatre UK launches groundbreaking summer season

In its tenth anniversary year, Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) launches a groundbreaking season of international work in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to be produced during the summer of 2014. Youth Music Theatre UK is the leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21, offering high standard training and mentoring and a proven way for […]

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Thérèse Raquin – Finborough Theatre

Thérèse Raquin continues at the Finborough Theatre, London until 19 April. The French do seem to love their misery porn. With its tale of suffocating marriage, torrid passions, and murderous intent, Emile Zola’s novel makes Les Misérables looks like Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday. Hardly an automatic choice for musical theatre, perhaps, but Nona Shepphard’s adaptation of Thérèse […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis performed at The Pheasantry, London. What a pleasure to see Kerry Ellis and hear her gorgeous voice in such an intimate venue, accompanied by just a piano, after having admired her in Wicked, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. I was first saw Ellis 13 years ago in the National Theatre revival of My Fair […]

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Julie Atherton stars in musical version of Thérèse Raquin at the Finborough Theatre

The world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic French novel Thérèse Raquin opens at the award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four-week run, opening Tuesday 25 March (press night is 27 March), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. The piece, with music by Craig Adams and book and lyrics by […]

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