I am a three-bun wig, brown-booted, very large, maternal bosom sort of a gal. David Ashley is talking about his pantomime alter ego which has inhabited him over the Christmas period for 12 seasons.David’s successful West End career and occasional teaching saw a change of emphasis as he hit his forties with teaching taking over – ArtsEd, London College of Music and The … [Read more...] about David Ashley and the secrets of a pantomime dame
First, this is what you need to know: Louise Plowright, a fantastically talented singer and actress who has appeared in many West End musicals, has pancreatic cancer which isn't treatable in the United Kingdom. She needs help if she is going to survive. Her equally fantastically talented sister, opera singer Rosalind Plowright, has set up a Crowdfunding campaign to save her … [Read more...] about West End star Louise Plowright needs life-saving help from you, now.
After having seen the musical Priscilla, I’ve decided to come out: I’m a Sondheim fan. Yes, Into the Woods, Sweeney, the lot… even Merrily We Roll Along and The Frogs. Every cd, the live recordings, the scores. Now I’ve got that off my chest, I can say how thoroughly enjoyable I find Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. No, it’s not Sondheim, Shakespeare, or even Stephen Schwartz, … [Read more...] about Priscilla the musical in Milan reveals the heart beneath the glitter
65 years ago, Audrey Hepburn was a struggling actress and dancer in London, working occasionally in the renowned West End night club Ciro’s. That space is now home to the National Portrait Gallery’s Heinz Archive and Library, and now to celebrate the iconic figure the gallery is to stage an exhibition which will bring together a remarkable selection of both classic and rarely … [Read more...] about Audrey Hepburn to be celebrated in photos in London
At the risk of sounding petty, this was the first time that I have been given restricted view tickets to review a performance, so I'll review the three-quarters of Milan's Dirty Dancing that I saw. The first musical number, for example, was either performed by someone offstage, by a pre-recorded voice, or by someone standing down-right which was the zone hidden from me.It … [Read more...] about Milan’s Dirty Dancing glimmers but doesn’t shine