La Cage Aux Folles is a ground breaking piece of work. Written in 1983 the show is based around the relationship of female impersonator Albin and businessman Georges (played by John Partridge and Adrian Zmed) a gay couple who have been living together for twenty years, run the cabaret nightclub which gives the show its title and where Albin stars in drag as Zaza, and they've brought up George’s heterosexual son.
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Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Wimbledon Theatre
By Andrew Bewley Monday, March 20 2017, 09:01
Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at The Rose Theatre Kingston
By Nastazja Domaradzka Sunday, March 19 2017, 09:07
This spring The Rose Theatre Kingston has staged the world premiere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan saga which has been translated in many languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Adapted from the four lengthy volumes by April de Angelis, the story of two female friends growing up in post war Italy is an epic two part production that in an imaginative and moving way captures the strength and complexity of female friendship. Yet whilst Melly Still’s production offers plenty of great moments the overall feeling is that MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is perhaps a too ambitious a project.
PARTENOPE: English National Opera at The Coliseum Theatre
By Stuart King Thursday, March 16 2017, 13:09
When choosing to stage a near 300 year old piece by the master of recitative and opera seria George Frideric Handel, "Partenope" is often sidelined in favour of one of his better received works; indeed it remained unperformed for some 200 years of its existence, due largely to a belief that the original story and libretto were convoluted, frivolous and poorly structured.
Review: An American in Paris
By Daniel Perks Thursday, March 16 2017, 10:16
One of Wheeldon’s finest moments that captures the romantic essence of its Parisian roots and brings it into the present day. Experience a cast and creative team working its peak in a fitting homage to an iconic style.
Think of American Jazz and the roaring twenties and you automatically think of the Gershwin brothers. George and Ira are synonymous with the style – Rhapsody in Blue; virtuoso piano jazz standards; lilting, dreamy trumpet melodies; plush orchestration. All the aspects of a timeless classic composition can be found in An American In Paris – fitting, since it is itself one of the true great films of its era, a bastion of historical Hollywood in all its intoxicating glamour.
Review: A Profoundly Affectionate, Passionate Devotion to Someone (-noun)
By Stuart King Monday, March 13 2017, 07:49
"Three couples. What might be. What once was. What could have been."
Meera Syal leads the cast of five players whose various paired exchanges will resonate strongly with audience members who are engaged in, or have been part of, a long-term relationship. Statements redolent of bitterness, yearning, irritation, sadness, regret and intensely intimate, passionate loving and caring, form the basis for most of the exchanges. They focus the couples' interactions, divergences of understanding, thoughtless unkindnesses and their irrational immediate, self-protecting deconstructions.
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