Tag Archives | Southwark Playhouse

Interview – Sharon D Clarke on a dream role in The Life and colour-blind casting

Revived at the Southwark Playhouse, The Life at is a revival of a Cy Coleman musical which has not been seen since its original Broadway production 20 years ago. Musical theatre star SHARON D. CLARKE, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, plays Sonja, a prostitute in 1980s New York. Musical […]

Continue Reading ·

Southwark Playhouse’s Working – principal casting revealed

Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June. The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek […]

Continue Reading ·

The Life – Southwark Playhouse – gallery of exclusive images

Broadway musical The Life is making its long-awaited London debut at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by original director Michael Blakemore (the run continues until 29 April 2017). See here, Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s gallery of exclusive images. The cast includes: Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), Cornell S. John (Memphis), John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan […]

Continue Reading ·

The Life – Southwark Playhouse

The Life continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 29 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ There are many musicals that deal with society’s underclass, and its criminal element. The Life is one such piece: with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels) and lyrics by Ira Gasman (who […]

Continue Reading ·

Interview – director Michael Blakemore revisits The Life at Southwark Playhouse

Opening this week, The Life at Southwark Playhouse is a revival of a musical which has not been seen since its original Broadway production 20 years ago. For this anniversary revival, the show’s original director Michael Blakemore has returned to the show. With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman and a book by […]

Continue Reading ·

The Life at Southwark Playhouse – casting details

Full casting has been revealed for the Broadway musical The Life which makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show’s original Broadway director Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse from 25 March to 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. The cast includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). […]

Continue Reading ·

Promises, Promises – Southwark Playhouse

Promises, Promises continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 18 February. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Is Promises, Promises really only three hours long? It feels longer, and not in a good way. Based on Billy Wilder’s film The Apartment, this musical has some serious creative welly behind it, with a book […]

Continue Reading ·

Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse – exclusive images

Thanks to our official photographer Roy Tan, here is a brand new gallery of images showcasing the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere. Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the new production of the multi award-winning show continues at the Southwark Playhouse from until Saturday 18 February. The cast includes: Craig […]

Continue Reading ·

Original Bacharach musical Some Lovers heads for London workshop

Members of the creative team behind Promises, Promises, due to begin previewing on Friday (13 January), have revealed they are working on the European premiere of Burt Bacharach’s second original musical Some Lovers. Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson and Senbla’s Ollie Rosenblatt will present an industry-only workshop reading of the show written by music legend Bacharach and […]

Continue Reading ·

Licensed to Ill – Southwark Playhouse

Licensed to Ill continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 24 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ If you think you’ve seen every permutation of the musician biography musical, think again. Sunny Afternoon, Jersey Boys, Beautiful – you can get a roughly chronological story of an artist or band anywhere you look […]

Continue Reading ·

Southwark Playhouse to host European premiere of Working

The genre-twisting Broadway musical Working, co-written by Stephen Schwartz, will receive its long-awaited European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse next year. Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights), the new production of the ground-breaking show will play a limited season at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 June 2017 until 8 July with a press night on 7 June. […]

Continue Reading ·

Casting details for Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse

Casting has been announced for the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere. Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the new production of the multi award-winning show will play the Southwark Playhouse from Friday 13 January 2017 until Saturday 18 February with a press night on Tuesday […]

Continue Reading ·

Cy Coleman’s The Life arrives in London at last

Arriving in the UK for the first time, musical The Life makes its long-awaited London debut, directed by the show’s original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. Starring the brilliantly talented musical theatre stars Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja) and Cornell S. John (Memphis), The Life will run at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from 25 March-29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. The Life, featuring a rarely heard […]

Continue Reading ·

Side Show – Southwark Playhouse

Side Show continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Broadway has twice given Side Show the thumbs-down – it lasted only 91 performances in 1997 and even fewer when reimagined and darkened in 2014 – but this curio of a musical, loosely based on fact, makes a […]

Continue Reading ·

Side Show at Southwark Playhouse – full cast details

Full casting details have been released for the new production of Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. Haydn Oakley, Jay Marsh, Dominic Hodson, Christopher Howell, Lala Barlow, Oliver Marshall, David Muscat, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Agnes Pure, Nuno Queimado, Kirstie Skivington and Genevieve Taylor will join […]

Continue Reading ·

Allegro – Southwark Playhouse

Allegro continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 10 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Allegro, written in 1947, falls between Carousel (1945) and South Pacific (1949) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s prolific output. These two shows were staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in succession, but Allegro is only now […]

Continue Reading ·

Booking open for Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse

Booking opened this week for the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere. The new production of the multi award-winning show will play the Southwark Playhouse from Friday 13 January 2017 until Saturday 18 February. Featuring a number of timeless pop songs from the songwriting […]

Continue Reading ·

Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse – video released

The first video has been released from the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August. Katie Bernstein sings iconic number ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’ from the musical, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento. The show, which was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open […]

Continue Reading ·

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro – details of full casting and creatives

Details of the casting and creatives for the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August have been revealed. The show, which was the legendary writing duo’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday […]

Continue Reading ·

Promises, Promises to return to London for first time since 1969

Promises, Promises – the hit Broadway musical based on the multi Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment – with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, is to get its first London production since its 1969 West End premiere. Promises, Promises, about a junior executive at an insurance company who sets out to […]

Continue Reading ·

Interview – meet the talented actor-musicians of Through the Mill at the Southwark Playhouse

Through the Mill, the backstage dreamscape featuring pivotal moments in the life of legendary actress and singer Judy Garland, transfers from London Theatre Workshop to the Southwark Playhouse this July. Transferring with the production are the actor-musicians who originated their roles in the acclaimed premiere production last December. Between them, they play more than 20 separate […]

Continue Reading ·

Side Show – Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

First casting details have been released for the Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman, the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, has been cast as Daisy Hilton, and Laura Pitt-Pulford, an Olivier Award nominee this year […]

Continue Reading ·

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro has European premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Almost 70 years after Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history, the musical is finally getting its professional European premiere, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland. In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the […]

Continue Reading ·

Through the Mill at Southwark Playhouse – full casting details

  The full cast has been announced for the Southwark Playhouse transfer of Through the Mill, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland. The show, which was given its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December last year, will play the Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 July. […]

Continue Reading ·

The Toxic Avenger – Southwark Playhouse

The Toxic Avenger continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 21 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s a tale as old as time. Boy meets blind girl, turns toxic due to exposure to hazardous waste, goes on to save the environment and eventually wins over the girl. Okay, so it might not quite […]

Continue Reading ·

Through the Mill transfers to Southwark Playhouse

Through the Mill, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, is to transfer to the Southwark Playhouse this summer. The show, which was given its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December last year, will play the Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 July. Written by Rackham, the […]

Continue Reading ·

The Toxic Avenger European premiere – casting details

Mark Anderson will play the title role in the European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger when it opens at London’s Southwark Playhouse next month. The actor, who played Elder Thomas in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon, will play Toxie the Toxic Avenger in the production […]

Continue Reading ·

Side Show receives UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Broadway musical Side Show is to receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. The new production of the show which was nominated for four Tony Awards when it first opened in New York in 1997, will run from 21 October until 3 December. Inspired by the true story of the 1920s vaudeville stars, […]

Continue Reading ·

Interview – creators of Grey Gardens, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Doug Wright

Grey Gardens received its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse opened on 2 January and has quickly proved to be the first must-see show of 2016. This quirky musical takes its inspiration from the 1975 feature-length documentary of the same name – indeed, it’s the first Broadway musical based on a documentary – turning the […]

Continue Reading ·

Grey Gardens – Southwark Playhouse

Grey Gardens continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 6 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ By now, we are all used to musical theatre plundering cinema’s back catalogue to find stories. We are less used to those stories coming from documentaries rather than works of fiction. Grey Gardens was a 1975 documentary chronicling the […]

Continue Reading ·

European premiere of Grey Gardens – cast and creative team revealed

Final casting and the full creative team have been revealed for the eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, telling the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. Joining the previously announced Olivier Award-winning West End stars […]

Continue Reading ·

Xanadu – Southwark Playhouse

Xanadu continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 21 November. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Comedy musical Xanadu isn’t as stupid as it looks – but nothing could be quite that stupid. The tale of a Greek muse who comes to earth to inspire a 1980s mural painter through the medium […]

Continue Reading ·

European premiere of Grey Gardens – Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell star

Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, are to star in the eagerly awaited European premiere of Grey Gardens. Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, with Book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin, Edith […]

Continue Reading ·

Dogfight cast and creative team reunite for one-off concert

Exactly a year after Dogfight’s acclaimed European premiere season ended at Southwark Playhouse, the original cast and creative team are to reunite for a special concert version of the musical in the main theatre at St James Theatre on Sunday 11 October. Dogfight was nominated Best Musical and Laura Jane Matthewson named Outstanding Emerging Talent in […]

Continue Reading ·

Competition – win tickets to Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse

Win a pair of tickets to Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina – nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best New Play – running at Southwark Playhouse from 10 September to 10 October.  Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains of New York to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled […]

Continue Reading ·

Interview – Grand Hotel composer/lyricist Maury Yeston on his musical theatre vision

Maury Yeston is not just a Tony-Award-winning composer/lyricist: he’s a passionate teacher and advocate of new musical theatre writing. Forget the aphorism that “those who can’t, teach”– his first two shows on Broadway – Nine and Titanic – both secured the Tony for Best New Musical, and both shows continue to delight audiences. He is […]

Continue Reading ·

Tonight’s performance of Grand Hotel cancelled after actress Christine Grimandi hit by motorbike

Following a road accident in which Grand Hotel actress Christine Grimandi was struck by a motorobike on a pedestrian crossing near Southwark Playhouse after the show, tonight’s performance of the acclaimed musical has had to be cancelled. Producer Danielle Tarento said: “I’m very sorry to say that I have no choice but to cancel the […]

Continue Reading ·

Grand Hotel composer Maury Yeston to attend Q&A at Southwark Playhouse

Broadway composer Maury Yeston is flying in from New York to see at first hand the acclaimed new version of his Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel. And to celebrate it receiving some of best reviews of the summer, Yeston will attend a post-show Question & Answer session on Tuesday 18 August at Southwark Playhouse, hosted by Matt […]

Continue Reading ·

Xanadu UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of the Broadway musical comedy Xanadu, based on the 1980s classic cult movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, at Southwark Playhouse this autumn (16 October to 21 November, press night is 2 November). Carly Anderson will star as Kira, Samuel Edwards as Sonny, Alison Jiear as Melpomene, Lizzy Connolly as […]

Continue Reading ·

Grand Hotel – Southwark Playhouse

Grand Hotel continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 5 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Set in Berlin in 1928, Grand Hotel presents a day in the life of the hotel, and the individual circumstances of six of the guests who pass through its doors, together with one or two […]

Continue Reading ·

Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – last minute cast change

Just a few days before its first preview, there has been a last minute cast change for the new production of the Broadway musical Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse. The production will open for a six-week season this Friday, 31 July (press night is Wednesday 5 August). Grand Hotel is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed […]

Continue Reading ·

Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – rehearsal images released

Rehearsal images have been released of the new London Production of Grand Hotel which will open for a six-week season at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 31 July. Press night is Wednesday 5 August. Pictures: Ian McGlasham. The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical will feature Christine Grimandi (as ageing Russian prima ballerina Elizaveta […]

Continue Reading ·
GrandHotel

Exclusive first look at Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse

Check out this EXCLUSIVE video of Victoria Serra as Flaemmchen, a pretty young typist who has theatrical ambitions, singing her big Act I number, ‘The Girl in the Mirror’ in the forthcoming production of Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse. The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical will also feature Christine Grimandi (as […]

Continue Reading ·

Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – Italian musical theatre star Christine Grimandi joins cast

The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical Grand Hotel will feature Christine Grimandi (as ageing Russian prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya). Grimandi is an acclaimed Italian musical theatre star making her eagerly awaited UK stage debut. Her previous starring roles include three years as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Grand Hotel will […]

Continue Reading ·

Teddy – Southwark Playhouse

Teddy continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 27 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Tristan Bernays’ Teddy doesn’t quite defy definition – it’s a play, written in free verse, featuring original songs – but its lyrical, musical and beat-poetical theatricality is refreshing and innovative and wholly welcomed. Teddy is set in the 1950s and located not too […]

Continue Reading ·

Interview – Dougal Irvine, composer of Teddy at the Southwark Playhouse

Teddy is an original piece of writing set around London’s Elephant and Castle in the 1950s. Opening tonight at the Southwark Playhouse, just a minute’s walk from the Elephant’s infamous roundabout, the piece is described as a play with an original score and new songs. The show, produced by Snapdragon Productions and Theatre Bench, is the brainchild […]

Continue Reading ·

Xanadu musical receives UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse

The UK premiere of the Broadway musical comedy Xanadu, based on the 1980s classic cult movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, will arrive at Southwark Playhouse this autumn (16 October to 21 November, press night is 3 November). In this roller-skating musical adventure, Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens […]

Continue Reading ·

Titanic team revives Broadway musical Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse

A new production of the Broadway musical Grand Hotel will reunite the acclaimed producer and director team behind the multi award-winning production of Titanic. Grand Hotel, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland (the team has previously collaborated on Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel), will open for a six-week season at The […]

Continue Reading ·

Carrie – Southwark Playhouse

Carrie continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 30 May. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There are parallels between Carrie, the musical adaptation of the 1976 screen version of the Stephen King horror story, and the story of its eponymous anti-heroine, Carrie White. Both started out as ostracised, belittled and laughed at: in the world […]

Continue Reading ·

Carrie: The Musical has London premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Carrie: The Musical will receive its long awaited London premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from 1–30 May (press night is Wednesday 6 May). Twenty-seven years after first wreaking havoc, one of the world’s most talked about Broadway musicals is coming to London. Academy Award-winning Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (Fame), and original screenplay writer […]

Continue Reading ·
Copyright: Musical Theatre Review Ltd 2013. All rights reserved.