Thom Sunderland then went on to explain what is different this time around. He spoke about how he wanted to make it more relevant to today, but the basics had to stay the same. “It’s still Lola, she’s still a showgirl, and she still meets Tony who is the love of her life. It’s still the really good old fashioned wonderful show that everybody knows and loves we just felt that for this production we just wanted to create something that was more up to date”.
Live at the Playhouse is bringing back two phenomenal line-ups of cutting edge comedy on the 13th September and 22nd November. The brilliant line-up in September includes satirical comic Andrew Lawrence, the whimsical Tom Deacon, energetic Joe Rowntree and cheeky chappy Andrew Doyle. The compere of the evening will be the brilliant, Fin Taylor.
PACKED with original songs, dazzling costumes and dynamic choreography, this new production will reimagine the original stage version of Copacabana, which was first performed in the US in 1991 and has never before been seen in the UK.
IT took the monks of Lindisfarne seven years to carry the body of Saint Cuthbert from North Northumberland to Durham, albeit with a few detours. It will take Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne ten weeks to cover the same ground but with considerably more stop-overs. There will be 48 nationwide UK concerts between their opening night at Berwick Maltings on 4th September and their final show on 15th November at the Gala Theatre, Durham, such is the demand for The Lindisfarne Story
FIRST premiered to a sold out audience at Roundhouse in April 2012, Rime has been performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 (Herald Angel Award winner), at the National Theatre’s Watch This Space festival, and Camp Bestival. This is the first large scale tour of the show.
ON TUESDAY we went down to interview Dave Nash as he started on the murals for Rik Mayall and Sir Charles Kao. On Friday, we popped in to get a panning shot of the two murals.
HARLOW Playhouse is always a vibrant place with lots to see and do. August and September are no exception. Next week, we are going up there to interview an artist as he makes a number of murals.
IN a “full on” two and a half hour show using the same stage costumes, guitars and equipment as the original bands, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME. However, this is more than just a great band performing the “Greatest Hits” – It’s a theatrical insight into these two giants of Rock complete with Special Effects, onstage “artistic differences” & even some audience participation!
Frank, Liza and Sammy The Ultimate Event Harlow Playhouse By Sally Casey ANOTHER very busy audience headed into the main auditorium at the Harlow Playhouse and were not disappointed with a two hour show that brought you back to a halcyon days when the star shone brightly from Hollywood to Broadway. The show started off […]
BURNT MILL’S performing arts department produced a wonderful adaptation of Bugsy Malone at the Harlow Playhouse on Friday night. Firstly, it was good to see a packed audience pour into the main auditorium. It was also good to see the audience full of pupils, parents and proud grand-parents. The audience seemed to symbolise the sense of cohesion at the “Outstanding” school.
JESS Conrad is a multi-talented entertainer who began his career doing extra work on film and TV. Then he got cast as a pop singer in the TV play ‘Bye, Bye Barney’. From here he gained more jobs in both singing and acting, featuring on shows such as ‘Oh! Boy’, ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’, ‘The Generation Game’ and many more. His film and TV roles are extensive, as well as his glittering music career.
THEATREGOERS are advised to buy their tickets early for the Ultimate Event. This show isn’t to be mistaken for a typical tribute Rat Pack show – Expect to be taken back in time with some Fifties Hollywood glamour from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr for a special concert full of music, laughter and sophisticated style.
EPPING Forest District Council Arts Development team hosted its annual dance platform, ‘eNgage’ at Harlow Playhouse Theatre, on Tuesday 24 June. The packed audience enjoyed a wide range of dance styles from tap to hip hop and contemporary to musical theatre. This year welcomed two new groups from the Epping Forest district to perform; DNA […]
HAS it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single ‘The Sound of Silence’? With standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is currently the biggest and the most successful No 1 touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.
IT’S often said that the British look back at the Blitz spirit of the 40s, the rose tinted glasses, the same can be said of favour. The Apollo Theatre Company’s Carries War should work on stage, and it does to some extent but it feels distant, like a fond memory too faded to relish properly.
THE story follows Carrie and her younger brother who are evacuated to the welsh countryside during the Second World War. Staying with the kind but timid Auntie Lou and her miserly brother, Mr Evans, the children explore their new environment which is very different from anything they’ve known before. They meet lots of new characters including Hepzibah Green, the mysterious housekeeper with her tales of magic and wonder and a terrifying curse…
OVER the last few years the boys have teamed up on occasions with many renowned performers including Buddy Greco who was a regular performer with the original Rat Pack. “I can honestly say that having toured with these guys, they are as close as anyone will ever get to my dear friends – Frank, Dean and Sammy.
THE plot involves a missing guest of honour and the Bananas enlist the help of their friends and the audience on their adventure to track down the lost guest. With all the singing, dancing and light slapstick comedy from the television show and the added bonus of audience participation it’s a great show for the whole family.
A GOOD piece of theatre, like a good Hollywood movie, can take a piece of fiction and make it seem real, if only for the time you are watching. Marilyn Monroe’s death, as her life has become so famous that even its truth, complete with CIA conspiracies, reads like a work of fiction. What Dyad Productions have managed to do is make a work of sheer unadulterated fiction seem more real, than much of the ‘truth’ surrounding her death.
THIS is as close to the UK capital as we will be this year, with other date stretching across the country. The Harlow Playhouse is a perfect setting for comfort, having a few drinks, meeting up with some familiar faces – and enjoying a live musical performance as G2 recreate a selection of great songs from the Genesis catalogue.
JETHRO is a clever comedian. His comedy is like magic. He gets you to look one way and then the punchline hits you from the opposite angle. No wonder he has a joke that involves logic. Jethro or Geoff Rowe is far from as daft as he looks. It is as if he has worked out the formula for making folk laugh.
This tour they strip back their live set up, losing the full orchestral production and performing alsongside a piano, giving the audience a chance to truly appreciate the harmony of their voices. Their impressive career has seen them perform many impressive slots, including singing to 90,000 people before the 2011 FA Cup Final and playing alongside the likes of Beyonce, Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
AFTER forming in 1960, The Barron Knights have built up a very impressive resume, including opening for The Beatles and Rolling Stones, and playing for the Royal family more than once. Their songs include covers, parodies and original tracks, and as they keep adding to their collection they keep topical (such as their version of ‘Killer Queen’ which documents what might happen if Camilla becomes Queen!).
IT IS one of the crowning jewels of Harlow life but of you had any doubts just look at all the shows on this weekend.