Went to see this today at the beautiful Garrick Theatre.
The remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Featuring an unbelievable soundtrack packed full of show-stopping Drifters hits, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The Movies.
Unexpectedly and totally brilliant!
Musical by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow.
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales. Divorced. Beheaded. Live. Presented as a pop concert, the Queens take turns singing and telling their story to see who suffered the most due to Henry and should, therefore, become the group’s lead singer.
And the first theatre trip where the audience is invited to take photos and videos in the finale. Great to see musical theatre coming in line with other live music events.
Added this to the long list of musicals I’ve seen this week and was instantly back in my bedroom in 1977 belting out the whole album at the top of my voice.
The true love story of C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, and American poet Joy Davidman.
A beautiful and moving performance staged by Redwood productions. Lucky enough to have caught the last night.
Yesterday I was on a steam paddler down the Nile, this morning I was in the drawing room of a respectable industrial family in J B Priestly’s play An Inspector Calls – listening to what was a family dinner party, turn into a murder inquiry and a judgement on the families morals and behaviour- competently led by a certain Inspector…. The BBC Classic Radio Theatre production, starring Sam Alexander, Frances Barber, David Calder, Morven Christie and Toby Jones was the version I listened to – highly recommend it.
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‘…if you love what you’re doing, you can’t stop. It’s obsessive.’
Sunday 25th October saw Funky Blue back on their first gig since Lockdown in March. Held at the Grove Theatre in Eastbourne, East Sussex in front of an invited audience this intimate gig showed that nothing had been lost in Lockdown.
Many of us have missed live music in 2020 and this felt like a small step in a positive direction. The venue felt safe to be in with all Covid measures in place. Thank you Grove Theatre Eastbourne.
Have a look at the night here…
Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
To me, fair friend, you never can be old…
Would normally spend Good Friday listening to the Jesus Christ Super Star album. Twenty/twenty Good Friday I listened to Jeff Wayne’s 1978 original War of the Worlds.
This original version included Richard Burton as narrator (journalist). Also Justin Hayward, David Essex (artillery man), Phil Lynott (Parson Nathanial) Julie Covington (Beth).
Give it a go if you don’t know it. I was blown away!
Born: 01 Feb 1942 Colwyn Bay Wales.
It was announced today (Wednesday) that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77.
Terence Jones is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian- most famously a member of the Monty Python comedy team. He created Monty Python’s Flying Circus with Cambridge graduates Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam. He made his directorial debut with the team’s first film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which he co-directed with Gilliam, and also directed the subsequent Python films, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
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Terry Jones. 1970
RIP Terry Jones.
January looks a good month!
‘All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.’
(As You Like it Act 2, Scene 7)
Stratford-upon- Avon, England