Here are the first announced Christmas treats out of the schedulers’ boxes for this festive season. Enjoy!
ANYTHING GOES. The Barbican’s five-star production of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy from this Autumn (and returning to the Barbican next Summer) screens on BBC2 at 6.40pm on Boxing Day, 26th December. It’s currently unconfirmed whether this will be available on BBCiPlayer.
HALF A SIXPENCE The well-received 2016 West End production of this much-loved musical will screen on Sky Arts Freeview channel (11) on Wednesday 29th December at 6.30pm
There are more treats to be announced so please keep checking this page for updates.
The multi five-starred new London production of ANYTHING GOES will be screened across the UK for two nights only after the end of its run at London’s Barbican Theatre (until November 6th).
For those of you (like me) who are taking your time to return to theatre, you can see it in more than 450 cinemas across the UK on November 28th and December 1st.
The show had been touted for an extensive UK tour after the London run but this appears to have been shelved owing to scheduling problems and the departure of leading lady Sutton Foster (off to do THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway), after the first delay in opening caused scheduling problems which necessitated the departure of originally announced leading lady Megan Mullaly (of WILL AND GRACE fame).
Scheduling problems for regional tours were thrown into utter chaos by the pandemic causing huge numbers of announcements, sudden cancellations and postponements, which has undoubtedly caused a lot of financial hardship to producers and receiving venues alike. I sincerely hope that the touring schedules are able to be maintained without too much interruption, as our industry- and the theatres they serve- depend upon it.
A couple of years ago, I was privileged to see one of the most impactful shows I have ever seen in my life.
CARNATION FOR A SONG was a show put together as a response to another show, by members of the Young Vic’s local LGBTQ+ community. You can read my appreciation of the show from April 2019 here
The show was recorded and you can now listen to the sound recording for free on SoundCloud, by clicking here
On this page you can find the original Soundtrack recording of the show at the bottom of the list here, lasting just over 57 minutes.
It brings something of the flavour and deeply personal qualities of the show for you to experience. I was so glad that I was able to see it. I hope that you will enjoy listening to it, and that it resonates with you, wherever you are – and whoever you are.
Here’s a fascinating chance to see musicals in the making this Summer.
8 intriguing new pieces of musical theatre “work in development” can be seen live at The Turbine Theatre in Battersea, London from May 17-29, followed by a digital tour (online only- not in person) to twelve venues across the UK in the following five weeks.
The shows to be presented are below (with bookable links attached)
Far From Heaven
By Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel & Michael Korie LIVE: 17th – 19th May
Top of the group for me is FAR FROM HEAVEN, featuring a jazz-influenced score based on the haunting Todd Haynes film set in the late 1950s America. The big appeal here is the brilliant Scarlett Strallen in the lead role of Cathy, who will make this worth the ticket price alone for a chance to hear her sing.
Caroline Kay’s DAISY has certainly pricked my interest. After waking from a coma with no memory of life before her accident, a young woman must try to move on knowing little more than her name: Daisy. Writing challenges and stimulates her abilities of recall – but are some memories best left forgotten? This story explores several forms of loss, challenges the resilience of a family, and celebrates the healing-power of storytelling. What also intrigues me is that Kay herself performs as Daisy. ***UPDATE This show has now sadly been dropped from the festival without explanation.
HOUSE FIRE also catches the eye, being co-written by Felix Hagan, one of the SpitLip mastermind team behind cult comedy musical OPERATION MINCEMEAT. Its a frenetic gig-theatre show which features a trio of endangered animals who form a rock band to protest against the climate crisis.
Comedy-wise we are sure to find value in TONY!, following Harry Hill’s earlier brilliantly funny but short-lived I CAN’T SING! with Cynthia Erivo and Simon Lipkin, amongst others. Lipkin is featured in the cast of this new piece and he is always worth watching.
THE MAN IN THE CEILING boasts co-creator Andrew Lippa who is always bringing interesting work. His, and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s, show is about a 12 year old boy who wants nothing more than to be a cartoonist.
All of the shows will be available to see live in person on the dates mentioned above only at the Turbine Theatre in London, where social distancing measures will ensure audience and performers’ safety.
The shows will all then become digitally available for online viewing only through twelve “tour” theatres, which are:
Norwich Theatre Royal
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
The Curve, Leicester
Dundee Rep Theatre
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Wales
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The Lowry, Salford
PLEASE NOTE Tickets for all live shows at the Turbine in person will be £15. Tickets for all digitally-delivered shows online will be £12.50. Most shows last around 45minutes. Tickets are limited availability for live shows and also online. At venues offering digital only there is a one-week window to see the show of your choice, and after you have started watching you will then have 24 hours to finish watching that show. Tickets are per device.
Most shows will be available to watch globally. Shows are available on a mix of dates at different venues. Please check the individual theatre for the dates on which shows will be available.
You can find more details and booking information at the Turbine’s website here