Life of Pi, Eureka Day and Upstart Crow…
Horse Play, The Tempest, Pretty Woman, Book of Mormon, The Crucible, The Commitments, A Different Stage, Diva: Live From Hell, Jack Absolute Flies Again, Life of Pi, Walking With Ghosts, Cages, The Drought, Eureka Day, Upstart Crow and the Comedy Store Players
In this captivating episode, Natalie and Darren dive into a wide range of theatre productions, exploring the diverse and exciting world of live performance. They begin with Ian Hallard’s play Horse Play starring the talented David Ames at Riverside Studios, a compelling production that delves into the complexities of human relationships and personal and sexual identity. Next on the list is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s enchanting production of The Tempest, offering a mesmerising journey into Shakespeare’s magical world with innovative staging and captivating performances that bring this classic tale to life. They then delve into the glitz and glamour of Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre, celebrating the stage adaptation of the beloved romantic comedy. The episode also features a lively discussion on the hilarious and irreverent Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, known for its sharp satire and catchy musical numbers.
The National Theatre’s reimagined production of The Crucible takes centre stage in the conversation, highlighting the powerful performances and the timeless relevance of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece. On to The Commitments on tour, a lively musical filled with soulful tunes and unforgettable characters. The episode takes an exciting turn with A Different Stage, Gary Barlow’s biopic stage production at the Duke of Yorks. They explore the captivating storytelling and memorable music that celebrates Barlow’s remarkable journey.
They venture into the fringe scene with Diva, Live From Hell at Turbine Theatre, an audacious and energetic production that pushes boundaries. They then return to the National Theatre’s Olivier stage for Jack Absolute Flies Again, featuring the comedic genius of Caroline Quintin in a hilarious romp through World War II England. The stage adaptation of Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre is another highlight, captivating audiences with its visually stunning storytelling and breath-taking puppetry. The episode also features Walking with Ghosts, Gabriel Byrne’s one-man show that takes audiences on a captivating journey through his own true-life experiences.
Natalie and Darren discuss the visually striking production of Cages at Riverside Studios, a thought-provoking exploration of freedom, confinement, and the human spirit. They then turn their attention to The Drought the debut play by Nina Saini at the King’s Head Theatre, London’s oldest pub theatre. Eureka Day at the Old Vic Theatre brings Hollywood star Helen Hunt to the London stage in a play that will make you cry with laughter and provide many talking points post show.
The episode concludes with a lively discussion on Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre starring the comic David Mitchell, a hilarious and witty adaptation of the hit TV series, as well as the Comedy Store Players at the new Soho Place Theatre, delivering an evening of improvisational comedy that guarantees laughter.