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.
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
Seeing Jersey Boys Holland and Jersey Boys London within the same week has been an amazing experience. Not only because the show itself is one every theatre lover should see, but also because it is interesting to notice how each actor and musician brings his or her own special quality to the musical. I had an interview on Valentine’s Day in London with Tim Driesen, who plays the lead in the Dutch version of Jersey Boys. He answered my questions for a unique view on some of the personal and more universal aspects of playing the lead in a popular theatre production, such as the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Continue reading
The Umbilical Brothers are in the Netherlands with their show Heaven By Storm. The Australian duo creates a fantasy world on stage by a unique combination of mime, vocal sound effects, sharp dialogue and physical comedy. (Note: this interview took place in October 2011) Continue reading