Watching an interrupted Midsummer Night’s Dream in Twickenham’s Fountain Garden

Summer has arrived in Twickenham when you lay in the park and the people around you start practicing Shakespeare, accompanied by the screeches of passing parakeets flying over. A week of outdoor performances by the Richmond Shakespeare Society is indeed an annual tradition, each year in front of the scenic nymphs’ (or rather correctly oceanides’) … Continue reading Watching an interrupted Midsummer Night’s Dream in Twickenham’s Fountain Garden

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

Rock ‘n Roll Satisfaction from the Rolling Stones in Twickenham Stadium

What could be a better way to kick off the open-air concert season than going to a stadium gig the week summer 2018 starts? Today is a home match as we have residence tickets for the Rolling Stones and their No Filter tour – the tickets are from an allowance granted to the people living … Continue reading Rock ‘n Roll Satisfaction from the Rolling Stones in Twickenham Stadium

The Buddy Holly Story expands the West End to Twickenham

Tonight we are in Twickenham at The Exchange which opened just 6 month ago as a new cultural hub for the area. It has since provided the community with cinema screenings, talks, comedy nights and much with a 300 seater audience. It’s most likely a musical theater premiere for the venue today and when the … Continue reading The Buddy Holly Story expands the West End to Twickenham

Red, not burgundy Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand in London

Back in January I was already contemplating seeing Kinky Boots in Hamburg when I visited the Imperial Theater for a Sherlock Holmes adventure (review here) opposite its German staging on the Reeperbahn – since then Cyndi Lauper’s musical has been on my list. When a friend said to me that we should go and see … Continue reading Red, not burgundy Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand in London

Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Richard McElvain’s performance of The Chess Player based on Stefan Zweig’s short novel is radical and respectful, frightening and enlightening – a good tale is being promised in the story which forms the framework on a cruise ship and we will not be disappointed. McElvain has not only adapted Zweig’s Schachnovelle, post-humously published in the … Continue reading Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Running out of princes with Aladdin in London’s West End

“We are running out of princes” is a beautiful statement in the week of the royal wedding and heard in the Disney musical Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s west end. It will not be the only scene that makes me laugh out loud. The story, the cartoon and most of its score … Continue reading Running out of princes with Aladdin in London’s West End

Don’t Panic: Waiting for the Moog with Bach in the Kings Place, London

When you are booking tickets for an event to go with someone who is far more passionate about the topic, artists or genre than you are, be aware that your idea of a night out might be challenged afterwards. I am accompanied by a Moog owner, synthesizer collector and sound engineer to the Kings Place, … Continue reading Don’t Panic: Waiting for the Moog with Bach in the Kings Place, London

All that Fusion at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London

Ticked off my London bucket list is Ronnie Scott’s, the capital’s most famous and probably oldest jazz club and a worldwide known, legendary institution which opened in 1959. No one in our group of four has been here before but tonight is the night. Tickets have been ordered eight days in advance and by then … Continue reading All that Fusion at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London

A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London

Sometimes we come across something by pure chance and we know immediately it is going to be relevant and important for the rest of our lives. When I was in my college years it was music-wise Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love and Björk’s Medulla. Film-wise it must have been Kill … Continue reading A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London