THEATRE 2020

THEATRE VISITS 2020

THEATRE

FOR ALL INFORMATION PRE-2015 VISIT:

For obvious reasons, 2020 will be the year in which I saw fewer shows than in any of the last 60 years - just two, and two concerts. Having gone down to London on 16th March especially to see City of Angels, we arrived at the Garrick to be told that the decision to close the theatre had been made half an hour earlier! Another 9 shows we had already booked for later in the year were, of course, cancelled.

I found Wuthering Heights, at  Manchester's Royal Exchange, rather odd, especially the way Heathcliffe was played. Nevertheless it was a gripping production. Street Scene, by Opera North at The Lowry was very well done. My only gripe was the setting - in the apartment block, not in the street. The street set at Hull Truck when I saw it in 2011 was much more effective.

Both concerts were by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Media Studios in Salford. The 90+ piece orchestra is as amazing to watch as it is to listen to!

THEATRE VISITS 2021

After months of 'lockdown' I was eagerly looking forward to theatres opening again in July. Unfortunatey the first production I saw, On Before, didn't live up to expectations. Carlos Acosta was such an exciting dancer last time I saw him but this production was less 'dance' and more 'movement to music'.

Around the World in 80 Days at the York Theatre Royal was very inventive and great fun. The theatre has been re-designed to great effect since I was last there many years ago.

I first saw Cliff perform live in 1961 and have seen him many times since. In the live relay from the Royal Albert Hall his performance was as enjoyable as ever.

I thought Quirijn de Lang had a great voice in Trouble in Tahiti but the best half of the double bill was the West Side Story Symphonic Dances.

In December, before the new Covid variant took hold, I was able to see four shows. Cabaret was a theatrical experience I shall never forget. The production and the performances in the re-vamped theatre were just incredible. I was very impressed by Lloyd Weber's new version of Cinderella. Ivano Turco and Georgina Onuorah were wonderful in the lead roles  and Victoria Hamilton-Barrit as the stepmother was terrific.

The worldwide success of Hamilton leaves me bewildered! Because the words were inaudible I couldn't follow the plot and therefore couldn't relate to anyone. The music and dancing were so repetative yet each number was cheered to the rafters. I guess it's a generational thing!.

PRODUCTION

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RATING

Wuthering Heights

Royal Exchange

Manchester

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Street Scene

Lyric, Lowry

Salford

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Sound of Cinema

Media Studios

Salford

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Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Media Studios

Salford

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PRODUCTION

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PLACE

RATING

On Before

Lyric, Lowry

Salford

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Around the World in 80 Days

Theatre Royal

York

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Cliff Richard

'Live' at Vue Cinema

Blackburn

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Trouble in Tahiti / Symphonic Dances

Lyric, Lowry

Salford

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HMS Pinafore

Coliseum

London

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Cabaret

Playhouse

London

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Hamilton

Victoria Palace

London

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Cinderella

Gillian Lynne Theatre

London

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