Watching Take That perform at the 02 Arena in London, from the comfort of the local cinema was a spectacular experience. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, (or to quote a part of their opening speech: “…what’s left of Take That”), prove that they are still brilliantly talented artists, even as a threesome. Continue reading
After six months I found myself back in one of the world’s most inspiring places with regards to entertainment: London’s West End! Time for another theatre marathon, consisting of these plays: American Buffalo, starring Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge, The Merchant Of Venice, including Jonathan Pryce and Daniel Lapaine and The Elephant Man, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.
In Germany they are known as the stars of the popular television series ‘Tatort München’, but Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl and their former colleague Michael Fitz are not only gifted actors, they’re also passionate musicians. On Saturday the 20th of December 2014 they held a benefit concert in the ‘Muffathalle’ in Munich, in honour of their friend Klaus Kreuzeder. The famous German saxophonist died in November of this year. Kreuzeder contracted Polio when he was very young and, despite sitting in a wheelchair, managed to perform on stage and touch people’s lives with both his talent and personality. The profits of the concert will go the aid of the ‘Polio Initiative Europa’.
Friday the 3rd of October I went to the Playhouse Theatre to see Speed-the-Plow, a play by David Mamet about power, intrigue and seduction in Hollywood. Compliments to the three actors Lindsay Lohan, Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay, and director Lindsay Posner for a very entertaining evening!
Although the title makes it sound as if I had a private meeting with the man himself…there were a few hundred other lucky people in the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Thursday the 2nd of October. The 87-year-old actor, who portrayed iconic roles such as James Bond, Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders, Simon Templar in the Saint and Ivanhoe, chatted with biographer Gareth Owen on stage about his impressive career and private life.
I got lucky on Saturday the 2nd of August. I had been told that Shakespeare’s Richard III, starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios, was sold out for the next two weeks. However, I decided to stand in line for day tickets and managed to get a brilliant seat with lots of leg room for a reasonable price. And I was glad I did… Continue reading
Sometimes you just have to take your life savings and splurge it ‘wisely’ on something inspiring, such as three hit West End shows in London, within three days. I did, and it re-awakened my passion for theatre. But more importantly, it provided me with memories I shall never forget. Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre) and The Duck House (Vaudeville Theatre) were each fascinating in their own way. Why should you watch these plays and what are the highlights? Continue reading