If you’ve ever wondered whether the typical National Theatre audience is mainly comprised of liberal white Remain voters, wonder no more. The first few minutes of the press night for The Majority emphatically confirmed this to be the case. That tangential bombshell aside, The Majority is less clichéd than its National press night crowd. Rob Drummond’s new show is less a play and more a piece of storytelling with added participatory morality.
Gangsta Granny, Birmingham Stage Company’s production of David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book, has arrived in the West End. Suitable for kids aged 5 and over, the show is a perfect antidote to cries of ‘Grannies are boring!’.
I’m not generally into sci-fi, but I do like to dip my toe into space now and then. My interest has been bolstered in recent months and years by things like the occasional series of Stargazing Live on BBC2 (no, I don’t fancy Professor Brian Cox) and the fact the UK currently has an actual real-life astronaut on the International Space Station in the form of the super-cool Tim Peake. This all meant that Alistair McDowall’s new play X, set on a research base on Pluto, was intriguing enough to me to make it worth a visit.
This time last year, I was sipping champagne on the Royal Opera House outdoor terrace prior to perching (literally) on my high-chair seat to enjoy the 2015 Oliviers ceremony. This year, unfortunately, having not had the same privilege of being a panellist for the Awards, I am instead lounging on my sofa and have to wait, like the majority of the theatre-loving world, to watch the highlights on TV later tonight. However, a fellow 2015 panellist and I couldn’t quite resist the temptation to rustle up our own predictions for who will win this year’s Awards…
It’s always exciting when a major new musical arrives in the West End – high hopes and trepidation abound, with cast, creatives and audience alike wondering how things will turn out. I was keen to get in early* to see the newest addition, Mrs Henderson Presents, which arrives in London after a run at Bath’s Theatre Royal last year. Having never seen the 2005 film starring Dame Judi and Bob ‘Oskins, I was only vaguely aware of the storyline and content, so I approached this one with a very fresh pair of eyes – one of my favourite ways to see a show.
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in South Kensington is one of my favourite places to visit in London. The museum is home to a huge variety of galleries full of gorgeous stuff, from furniture to fashion and sculptures to silverware. Since I enjoy going there anyway, I was excited to learn last year that the Theatre & Performance galleries were going to host a new exhibition in 2016, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards.