Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Empress Maria Theresia von Österreich incarnates patriarchal authority – played by a man in a massive crinoline this is no gentle Conchita Wurst, but a regent giving tactically birth to a serious regiment of arch dukes and duchesses to be married off to every royal circle possible. One of them is Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna. … Continue reading Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

Penelope is mainly known as the wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, a king and warrior who first spent ten years in the Trojan war and then another ten struggling to find his way home to Ithaca – monsters aimed to destroy him and gods tried to prevent his return home, aiming to keep … Continue reading Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

The Chinese New Year’s Extravaganza at The Broadway Theatre in Catford

Catford’s Broadway Theatre has been on my list of London venues yet to discover first-hand for a while – no wonder I am blown away by the unexpected size of this historic music hall and admire its art deco interior already in the box office. Here panto seasons are advertised on loud posters: The previous … Continue reading The Chinese New Year’s Extravaganza at The Broadway Theatre in Catford

A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

I always respected Tina Turner more for her voice, her energetic attitude and age-refusing charisma than for the music played by the mainstream radio stations. GoldenEye was her only song I would turn up and no one ever played her early rock stuff or The Acid Queen from The Who’s 1974 musical film Tommy we … Continue reading A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

For the musical’s 50th anniversary production company Aria Entertainment bought Hair back on stage in 2017. I attended the London premiere in October of that year in The Vaults, a tunnel labyrinth of a venue under Waterloo Station. There was bunting hanging from the low ceiling, so it felt like being in a den or … Continue reading HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

It happened in Key West at The Charing Cross Theatre, London

It is the week in which every theatre newsletter contains the message that the facilities have air conditioning. Even without London’s heatwave continuing we are taken back to Key West in this new musical. Having been lucky enough to have visited Key West if only for a day, it is the US’ most southern point, Mile 0. It was a day filled with snorkelling, lime key pie, conch dishes and a round … Continue reading It happened in Key West at The Charing Cross Theatre, London