Tag Archives | Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

My Land’s Shore to debut in Wales

Historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore is heading home for its Welsh premiere at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil early next year. Following on from the well-received world premiere run at London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in February, the show’s Welsh premiere run will begin on 20 February 2018. Based on the true […]

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Metropolis – All Star Productions to stage first London revival

The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis will be the closing production in All Star Productions’ 2017 season. With music by Joe Brooks and a book and lyrics by Brooks and Dusty Hughes, Metropolis will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October. Continuing All […]

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110 in the Shade – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre

110 in the Shade continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ All Star Productions continues its admirable tradition of dusting off rare and forgotten shows with 110 in the Shade, a musical version of N Richard Nash’s 1954 play The Rainmaker, […]

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My Land’s Shore – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

My Land’s Shore continues at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 26 February. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ This new musical by Christopher J Orton (music and lyrics) and Robert Gould (book and lyrics), based on a true story, is well-worth a visit. From the powerful opening number, ‘Burning’, […]

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My Land’s Shore premiere – cast and creatives revealed

Full casting and creatives have been announced for All Star Productions’ world premiere of the historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore. Based on the true story of the tragic hero of the Merthyr Rising of 1831, when iron workers and coal miners were involved in bloody clashes with soldiers drafted in to protect industrialists, the […]

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Wonderful Town – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Wonderful Town continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London until 30 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Director Tim McArthur and MD Aaron Clingham reunite for an exuberant, action-packed revival (indeed, a miraculous resuscitation) in Walthamstow of Leonard Bernstein and Comden and Green’s 1953 musical Wonderful Town. Not quite a lost […]

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Babes in Arms – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Babes in Arms continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London until 7 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ All Star Productions once again digs deep into the bowels of musical theatre to find a lost show that – as you watch it – you realise isn’t actually all that lost. […]

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Babes in Arms at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – more details

Cast and creative details have been revealed for All Star Productions’ Babes in Arms which opens at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre next month. The rarely performed Rodgers and Hart musical, which will play the Walthamstow venue from 20 July until 7 August, will feature Jack McCann (as Valentine LaMar), Ruth Betteridge (as […]

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Babes in Arms at Ye Olde Rose and Crown – first staging in 15 years

Rodgers and Hart’s original version of Babes in Arms will be given its first UK staging in nearly 15 years in London in July. Continuing All Star Productions’ commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals, Babes in Arms will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 20 July until 7 August. The 1930s show […]

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Out of this World – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Out of this World continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London until 30 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The consistently reliable Rose and Crown in Walthamstow works its magic again, turning its attention to a little-known Cole Porter show and covering it with almost enough glitter and glitz to […]

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Out of This World London stage premiere from All Star Productions

All Star Productions is continuing its commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals with the London stage premiere of Cole Porter’s Out of This World. The musical comedy, loosely based on a comedy by Roman playwright Plautus, with music and lyrics by the legendary Porter and a book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence, […]

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The Kissing Dance – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

The Kissing Dance continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 28 February. Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th century comedy She Stoops to Conquer sits on a clear line from Shakespeare’s funnier comedies to modern day farce. Its tale of improbable misunderstandings, disguises and deception skewers some […]

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The Kissing Dance at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – casting details

Casting has been announced for All Star Productions’ version of The Kissing Dance due to open at London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre next month. Based on Oliver Goldsmith’s play She Stoops to Conquer, the show continues All Star’s commitment to reviving rarely produced musicals and is also the venue’s fourth show featuring music by Howard […]

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A Little Night Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – we chat to Sarah Waddell and Jamie Birkett

Actresses SARAH WADDELL and JAMIE BIRKETT are currently appearing in All Star Productions’ staging of Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London until 31 October. The show reunites the creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed staging of Into the Woods. Theatre credits for Sarah Waddell, who plays Desiree Armfeldt, include: Into the Woods (Ye Olde […]

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A Little Night Music – Ye Olde Rose and Crown

A Little Night Music continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 31 October. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Every so often, a production of a classic show comes along that makes you think – why have I never seen it like this before? I’m a Sondheim [A Little Night Music’s […]

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A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown – cast revealed

The cast has been revealed for All Star Productions’ A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London from 6 to 31 October (press night is 9 October). The show reunites the creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed staging of Into the Woods. The line-up is as follows: Sarah Waddell (Desiree Armfeldt), Alexander McMorran (Fredrik Egerman), Jamie […]

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All Star Productions brings A Little Night Music to Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

The creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed All Star Productions of Into the Woods are reuniting to bring Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music to Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London from 6 to 31 October (press night is 9 October). Based on Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, […]

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Bye Bye Birdie – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Bye Bye Birdie continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 4 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This 1960 satire on fame, rock ‘n’ roll and teenage angst in small town America is rarely staged in London, perhaps now considered too twee and too saccharine for modern audiences. But […]

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Bye Bye Birdie at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for All Star Productions’ next production, a rare professional staging of the classic Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and a book by Michael Stewart, the production will run from 11 August to 4 September […]

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Face the Music – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Face the Music continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 3 July. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In an era when, for economic reasons, frequently revived musicals are narrowing down to about five titles sure to be known by the general public, it is so good that independent companies like All Star […]

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Face the Music – interviews with Samuel Haughton and Joanne Clifton

All Star Productions is presenting the first UK stage production of Irving Berlin and Moss Hart’s musical comedy Face the Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, Walthamstow until 3 July. In the cast are JOANNE CLIFTON (World and European Professional Ballroom Dancing Champion, Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer 2014) as the Street Walker and actor/singer SAMUEL HAUGHTON (Wind in the Willows, […]

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Irving Berlin’s Face the Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – Strictly star cast

All Star Productions is presenting the first UK stage production of Irving Berlin and Moss Hart’s musical comedy Face the Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, Walthamstow from 9 June to 3 July (press night is 12 June). In the cast will be Joanne Clifton (World and European Professional Ballroom Dancing Champion, Strictly Come Dancing pro […]

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Norma Jeane the Musical – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Norma Jeane the Musical continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 22 March. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ For a brief period in February 1961, Marilyn Monroe was, voluntarily, a patient of the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Centre on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The experience was, she later recounted, “a nightmare”, and […]

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman – Leicester Square Theatre

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman continues at the Leicester Square Theatre, London until 21 February. Star rating: 4 stars **** Superman, the hero of the comic strip begun in 1939, has entertained adults and children in many guises for decades. In between that first appearance and the release of the Superman film starring Christopher […]

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Mark Turnbull Sings Sondheim – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

I’m Still Here: Mark Turnbull Sings Sondheim was performed at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London. As a member of The Stephen Sondheim Society, I can’t think of a much better way to spend a dreary Sunday afternoon than listening to a cabaret of Sondheim songs, performed by a veteran of the West End, staged […]

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The Apple Tree – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre

The Apple Tree continues at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre, London until 30 August. Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock bestrode the 1960s musical scene. Original productions of She Loves Me (302 Broadway performances) and Fiddler On the Roof (3,242 Broadway performances) broke box office records. A couple of years later came The Apple Tree, […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Ye Olde Rose and Crown

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying continues until at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 24 May. Modern self-help books tend to be dreary reading, and certainly not worthy musical theatre source material. In 1952, however, Shepherd Mead released How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, a humorous look at US […]

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman continues at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, Walthamstow, London until 22 March. Long before superheroes were the source of blockbuster movies and 35 years before the mega-musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark landed on Broadway, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman opened on […]

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All Star Productions stages How to Succeed

All Star Productions is presenting a rare professional revival of the 1961 Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, Walthamstow from 6–24 May (press night is 9 May). The musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called […]

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Superman flies in to the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

All Star Productions’ staging of It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman (4–22 March, press night is 7 March) at North East London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre is the first UK production of this musical comedy. With a score by Charles Strouse (Annie) and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie), and a book by David Newman and […]

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