I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The A-Z of Mrs P



The A-Z of Mrs P has just opened at the Southwark Playhouse. This is a long awaited, brand new British musical, with book by award winning playwright Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) and music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert.  It is a musical fable inspired by the diaries of Phyllis Pearsall, who invented the London A-Z.  


It is directed by Sam Buntrock and the cast includes Isy Suttie, Frances Ruffelle Michael Matus and Stuart Matthew Price.

Above is a beautiful paper sculpture used to advertise the show, by contemporary British artist Sue Blackwell.

The musical is produced by Neil Marcus, Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for the Booking Office and Micheal Peavoy Productions.  They had a  stroke of publicity genius getting Stanford's, the travel book and map shop, involved in the show!

I am really looking forward to going to see it on Saturday 15th March.  With this and Alex Loveless's show Bel-Ami opening within days of each other I feel so exciting to see my talented friends creating and producing new British shows of real craft and merit. As Neil Marcus says this is all part of the new British musical theatre Renaissance.  And if you want to be part of that don't forget the show is only running until 29th March!

This great theatre is easy to get to from either Borough or Elephant and Castle and only a short walk from either station.

For more information and tickets go to the Southwark Playhouse Website HERE

Reviews:

‘There’s a real heart to the production, particularly in its tender portrait of Pearsall, whom Isy Suttie invests with a stunning blend of the gauche and sincere, the knowing and the vulnerable.’ 
Mark Shenton, The Stage
‘Herbert’s character-driven score is accomplished — melodious (particularly the lilting and already award-winning Lovely London Town), articulate and fun, especially in the patter songs in which Suttie and company rattle off the street names to which the elusive, complicated Pearsall owed her livelihood.’ 
Donald Hutera, The Times
‘Isy Suttie has real charm – as does the whole show.’ 
The Independent
‘Isy Suttie has an appealing aura of wounded romanticism, as well as the air of a young Victoria Wood.’ 
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
‘Full of fresh, inventive touches. The way in which the ensemble enact the bustle of London life, becoming trains and taxis, is beautifully choreographed. The cast is top-notch. Isy Suttie is someone to root for, while a wild Frances Ruffelle and blustering Michael Matus are excellent as her feuding parents.’ 
Tom Wicker, Time Out


Monday, 24 February 2014

Bel-Ami a new musical by Alex Loveless


My brilliantly talented friend Alex Loveless has a new musical based on the Maupassant novel Bel-Ami, which has recently opened at Charing Cross Theatre.  It has had fantastic reviews and if the songs and scenes he has brought to our MMD writing workshop have anything to do with it, the show will be fabulous! 

To find out more about Alex and the show go to his website HERE

I am going to see the show this weekend but tickets are selling fast with some days sold out so if you want to check out the most exciting new musical to hit Off-West End click on the link below! 

To find out more about the show and buy tickets here is a link to the Charing Cross Theatre 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Student Performer of the Year

Turlough Coventry from the Guildford School of Acting who won last year 
and the amazing Julia McKenzie

I have just heard that the Stephen Sondheim Student performer of the Year show is to be held at the Vaudeville Theatre this year.  The host will be the lovely David Badella and will be presented by Julia McKenzie.  The judges will be Ed Seckerson, Maria Freidman, Jenna Russell and Nigel Lilley.

Performers have to sing one song by Sondheim and another from a new musical.  Quite a few of our songs have been shortlisted for this but it is always very difficult to decide which songs to enter.  They have to be solos, which for musicals is difficult because songs are often for two or more singers. We are trying to decide which two to enter.  Last year, the brilliant song writer Tim Sutton won this award.

The judges of the best new song will be George Stiles, Antony Drewe and Adam Guettel.  Adam Guettel is the composer and lyricist of that delicate masterpiece The Light in the Piazza.


Friday, 7 February 2014

Capturing the Castle!



It looks as if the curators of Windsor Castle have read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle!!

This looks like a wonderful exhibition of the works of Paul and Thomas Sandby opening at the Castle today and running until 5th May.

Here is a link to the exhibition and how to book tickets.