Home / Tag Archives: Colin Richmond (page 3)

Tag Archives: Colin Richmond

Annie – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

latest touring cast annie the musical

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Dominic Corr For just shy of forty years, Annie has often proven to be one of the most popular and sickeningly sweet musicals ever to grace the stage. This new production, however, manages to downplay the sugar and generate some genuine chemistry between its characters. The plot ...

Read More »

Annie – Liverpool Empire

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to get won over by the overt optimism that seeps through every element of this saccharine-sweet musical. Generations of theatre goers have filled theatres all over the world to hear Little Orphan Annie sing The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow and it’s ...

Read More »

Wendy & Peter Pan – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC production of Wendy and Peter Pan

Writer: J M Barrie Adaptor: Ella Hickson Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   It is difficult not to love a play that features swordfights, crocodiles, fairies and pirates. And it is difficult not to love a show that features actors soaring high above the crowd and an enormous pirate ship rolling across the stage, complete with mast and rigging. ...

Read More »

Kiss Me, Kate – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Kiss Me, Kate revolves around the most controversial of Shakespeare’s plays, The Taming of the Shrew. Created by Cole Porter, it premiered on Broadway in 1948and won the inaugural Tony Award for Best Musical. A successful film version followed in 1953, and the ...

Read More »

Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts This Welsh National Opera revival of Dundee Rep's production (which was also revived for a run by The Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse) somehow manages to lose the intensity and grittiness inherent in Sondheim’s powerful musical. Director James Brining takes the story away from ...

Read More »

Opera North: Kiss Me, Kate – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Samuel and Bella Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Donna Kelly   Following their five-star production of Carousel in 2012, Opera North returns to the world of Broadway with a brand new production of hit musical Kiss Me, Kate. Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, with music and lyrics by Cole ...

Read More »

WNO: Sweeney Todd – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: Megan Pearce Sweeney Todd seems an entirely suitable addition to the Welsh National Opera’s Madness season. The show commences in a mental asylum. There are TVs and modern gadgets showing they're setting the piece in a different time. A quote from Neil Kinnock about the election in 1983 ...

Read More »

Annie – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Annie first burst onto Broadway in 1977, the brassy American musical won over hearts of theatregoers across the world with a record six-year run at the Alvin Theatre, scooping a Tony Award for Best Musical. Over 38 years later, the award-winning musical is continuing ...

Read More »