Much Ado

David Tennant. Catherine Tate.
wyndham theatre much ado about nothing

Those names were enough to cause a second glance between us…fair play to Josie Rourke, who had the good sense and vision to make the connection to Beatrice and Bennedick. Although both actors have individually lent their talent to Shakepeare works prior, I imagine that casting them together (post Dr Who success) created some challenges; the notoriety of the pair must have been both a blessing and a great responsibility.

Brilliant casting aside, Rourke makes this well loved Shakespearean rom-com even more accessible by choosing to set the scene of young lovers (and schemers) in the height of the eighties. That fashion, that hair, that unmistakeable Casio keyboard jam—all apparently as enduring as the love story (within a love story) that continues to enchant us. Not a bit of humour was lost in the time warp. In fact, the relevancy of the sentiment echoed in neon.

Perhaps as a result of the fame of the actors, or perhaps more attributable to the delicious insanity of the director, the main characters became supporting cast members as Beatrice and Bennedick stole the show. I should consider that it was Rourke’s intention all along to give the anti-lovers centre stage-as these are the two that are more common among us today.

Is it over the top? Yes. Is it outrageously funny? Yes. It is perfect? ‘Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent!’

Worth it. Very worth it.
much ado about nothing tate tennant

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Much Ado about Tennant and Tate

David Tennant. Catherine Tate.
wyndham theatre much ado about nothing

Those names were enough to cause a second glance between us…fair play to Josie Rourke, who had the good sense and vision to make the connection to Beatrice and Bennedick. Although both actors have individually lent their talent to Shakepeare works prior, I imagine that casting them together (post Dr Who success) created some challenges; the notoriety of the pair must have been both a blessing and a great responsibility.

Brilliant casting aside, Rourke makes this well loved Shakespearean rom-com even more accessible by choosing to set the scene of young lovers (and schemers) in the height of the eighties. That fashion, that hair, that unmistakeable Casio keyboard jam—all apparently as enduring as the love story (within a love story) that continues to enchant us. Not a bit of humour was lost in the time warp. In fact, the relevancy of the sentiment echoed in neon.

Perhaps as a result of the fame of the actors, or perhaps more attributable to the delicious insanity of the director, the main characters became supporting cast members as Beatrice and Bennedick stole the show. I should consider that it was Rourke’s intention all along to give the anti-lovers centre stage-as these are the two that are more common among us today.

Is it over the top? Yes. Is it outrageously funny? Yes. It is perfect? ‘Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent!’

Worth it. Very worth it.
much ado about nothing tate tennant

Get more insight here.

www.drewandjengotolondon.com

WICKED

Let us rejoicify; we’ve seen the best show in London! I couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t be happier, right dear?
wicked

WICKED is absolutely everything the discerning West End crowd demands. The posh Apollo Victoria Theatre lobby has taken on a certain green glow since WICKED came to London. The stage has been expertly transformed into a great gateway to the famed Emerald City.

Though I refused to be swayed by hype and mass hysteria before I had seen the show myself, I did wonder what life new voices would lend to the characters I had only met in the soundtrack. I should have known better. Our cast was flawless. The talent of the London artists is stunning, each character is a three-dimensional, familiar persona of someone I already know. I’m convinced I was really there; you, and you, and you – and you – were there too.

No doubt the success of the show is directly linked to the amazing story and music which lay the foundation for the characters to engage us, but the creatives involved in the production of the show cannot be faulted. The show really is spectactularious through and through.

I could say more, but it wouldn’t be enough. I’m limited. But I have been changed for good.

www.drewandjengotolondon.com

What is This Feeling?

Let us rejoicify; we’ve seen the best show in London! I couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t be happier, right dear?
wicked

WICKED is absolutely everything the discerning West End crowd demands. The posh Apollo Victoria Theatre lobby has taken on a certain green glow since WICKED came to London. The stage has been expertly transformed into a great gateway to the famed Emerald City.

Though I refused to be swayed by hype and mass hysteria before I had seen the show myself, I did wonder what life new voices would lend to the characters I had only met in the soundtrack. I should have known better. Our cast was flawless. The talent of the London artists is stunning, each character is a three-dimensional, familiar persona of someone I already know. I’m convinced I was really there; you, and you, and you – and you – were there too.

No doubt the success of the show is directly linked to the amazing story and music which lay the foundation for the characters to engage us, but the creatives involved in the production of the show cannot be faulted. The show really is spectactularious through and through.

I could say more, but it wouldn’t be enough. I’m limited. But I have been changed for good.

www.drewandjengotolondon.com

Avenue Q

Largely a satire of the popular children’s show Sesame Street, Avenue Q is a musical addressing some of the heavy issues faced by twenty-somethings: purpose, relationships, and identity.  Set in the big city, racism and sex are hot topics for the characters.  For some reason it’s just easier to swallow the shocking realisation that “we are all a little bit racist” when a puppet sings about it.  Certainly this production is not without heart.  Humor is the main throughline, but love and an uplifting message are bound in each refrain.  Characters are each lovable — being quite familiar to the audience as people we know or in whom we see part of ourselves.

The cast is incredibly adept at handling multiple responsibilities and roles.  I was thrilled to find out that the actors had beautiful voices among their talents.  It was often surprising how comfortable they were moving about the stage, sometimes with two actors playing the same character!  Of course one cannot forget the foundations…  Set and staging give the show a very accessible quality as well as reinforcing the comedy’s structure.  I appreciated the creativity of the production team and the live musicians as well!

Overall, well — just get your tickets now.  There is no time like the present to laugh yourself silly.  (As a precaution, visit the toilet before you get comfy to avoid leakage due to laughter.)