Theatre is always an experience, as soon as you step inside the auditorium, take your seats and the lights slowly dim, we are invited to go on a journey… A journey which inevitably can vary greatly on every visit, but there is always something exciting about seeing something for the very first time and that is what is on offer this week as Executive Editor John Roberts looks at some of the World Premieres hitting theatres this week.
Liverpool favourite Leanne Best takes to the recently re-opened Playhouse Studio in the World Premiere of Frank McGuiness’ latest one woman show The Matchbox. Best takes on the rôle of Sal in a tale that weaves many story’s and spans many years – expect a production that will impact even the hardest of hearts in a tale of love and hate from one of the most poetical of Irelands playwrights.
Runs until 7th July
Created by Elliot Davis and James Bourne, Loserville is based on the songs of Borne’s band’s (Song of Dork) first album ‘Welcome to Looserville.’ Set in the early 70s and starring Gareth Gates, Lil’ Chris, Eliza Hope Bennet and Aaron Sidwell, Loserville charts the life of Michael Dork a computer geek who has recently found a love of not only binary but also women. With Choreography from Nick Winston and orchestrations by 2012 Tony Award winner Martin Lowe – Looseville promises to be a high octane musical theatre outing.
Runs until 14th July
2012 has brought a lot of maritime themed theatrical events, you would be forgiven in thinking that this avenue had been exhausted but along comes this late evening extravaganza produced by The Birmingham Hippodrome and created by multimedia dance outfit Motionhouse. The Voyage sets anchor in Victoria Square at 10pm. Celebrating how migration has enriched our isle this large scale production with over 150 cast members is sure to be a spectacle you don’t want to miss – especially as it won’t cost you a penny!
10pm 21st – 24th June
Award winning puppetry company Handspring bring their latest production to London as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Breathing life into the famous Crow poem’s by previous poet laureate Ted Hughes in an adaptation by Olivier Award nominee, writer and director Matthew Dunster and Handspring UK’s Artistic Director, Mervyn Millar. Crow witnesses God’s creation in the Garden of Eden and adds his own dry trickery to the events. Crow promises to be an atmospheric evening at the theatre.
Runs until 7th July
Between them they have two of the most successful comedy adaptations brought to life on stage…So the partnership of The 39 Steps adaptor Patrick Barlow and director of hit comedy The Ladykillers Sean Foley should have theatre and film fans frothing at the mouth. This time the duo are attacking Ben Hur. Described as unstageable, only creativity of the highest order can bring this epic tale to life on the tiny and intimate surroundings of the Watermill Theatre…expect laughter and silliness of the highest degree.
Runs until 28th July