In October, a new performance space will open under the Menier Chocolate Factory on Southwark Street. Muted is one of the plays on their newly announced season, with performances beginning in December. The show premiered at The Courtyard Theatre in February 2012 where it had great reviews.
“The British RENT” – Mark Shenton
“Stunning Production” – Stephen Fry
“MUTED tells the story of Michael Brookman, an exceptional young musician whose band was on the brink of stardom, until his mother was suddenly killed in a hit and run accident. Since then he hasn’t uttered a word.
The show picks up Michael’s story three years after the accident. Michael lives largely in the past, re-running his teenage years in his mind. He is under the care of his frustrated, stock-broker young uncle who plans on moving to Singapore, and would like the ‘situation’ to just go away. The story line has lots of threads with Lauren, Michael’s ex-girlfriend, now hooked up with Jake, Michael’s ex-band-mate. Jake has pursued the band since the accident and finally has another shot at the big-time. But there’s one catch: The record label want Michael back as the frontman. Jake persuades Lauren to help recruit Michael, but their reunion unearths long-forgotten feelings. As uncomfortable truths force their way out into the open, we are left wondering whether some cracks are just too big to paper over.”
Miranda Hart is appearing live in conversation at the London Palladium, talking about her new book Peggy & Me-about her best friend, Peggy, a gorgeous shih tzu–bichon frise cross. That’s a dog, by the way.
“It was love at first sight nine years ago and today they are inseparable. No one has been more surprised than Miranda herself that it’s been her wonder dog who has taught her the best and wisest life lessons, taken her on hilarious adventures and become her smart talking but utterly loyal and loveable best friend. And Miss Peggy herself might just make an appearance on the night.”
Tickets include a signed hardback copy of Peggy and Me .
Miranda Hart: Peggy & Me
In case you didn’t book tickets based on my recommendation a while back, the reviews are in and you might reconsider. The NY times says “a hip, cuddly and cunningly sadistic musical adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray movie has just opened in London.” “Who knew that déjà vu could smell this fresh all over again?’ and “I grinned pretty much all the way through “Groundhog Day,” unexpectedly happy to be stuck with Phil in Punxsutawney (and please never make me spell that again).”
Review: ‘Groundhog Day,’ All Over Again, Now With Song and Dance – The New York Times
Vienna: the music capital of the world.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.
Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.
Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
Peter Shaffer’s iconic play premiered at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy award-winning film.
In this new production, Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Amadeus | National Theatre
From 5×15: “Things pass, but memory remains. It’s ancient wisdom, but apposite for Harry Pearce’s talk on June 20th. This is your official last chance to hear SIX great speakers presenting on subjects ranging from tales of true murder in the Victorian era, all the way to the wonders of unexpected beauty.”
“Then, on July 12th we will be giving you a final chance to walk the corridors of BBC Television Centre’s East Tower before its demolition. Guided by ‘interns past’, you will be immersed in the magic of an old-time radio station, where five fantastic speakers and performers will take to the stage. Emmy the Great will sing from her most recent album, Second Love; journalist Luke Harding will reveal truths about the murder of Litvinenko; and author DBC Pierre will teach us how to write.”
5×15 | 5 speakers 15 minutes each
The 20th anniversary production of RENT by Jonathan Larson (inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème) will be at the St. James theatre for a limited run in December. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.
Winner of four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Times review was a love letter to the show, calling RENT an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera”. RENT ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008.
RENT The Musical – St James Theatre