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BARBICAN LIFE


makes the world go round. At the Bridewell Theatre future


star-spotters can keep an eye out for graduating talent at The Musical Theatre Academy’s annual Musical Theatre Revue show “Something Old, Something New” playing from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16th March.


Also featuring fledgling talent, the London School of Musical Theatre is presenting “My Favourite Year” at the Bridewell from 20-27 April, a musical comedy set in the world of 1950s live television, about a young man hired to look after a wayward former matinee idol and prevent him from drinking and womanising- easier said than done! The other show from this School runs at the Bridewell from 30 April to 4 May. “Applause” is the musical version of the movie “All About Eve” highlighting an ageing movie star who takes a young actress under her wing, unaware that the girl is plotting to steal both her career and her man.


Continuing the sustaining interest


in Terence Rattigan’s work, Tower Theatre Company presents “The Deep Blue Sea” at the Bridewell from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th March. This powerfully moving classic centres on the wife of a judge in the socially suffocating climate of 1950s London. Her infatuation with a former RAF pilot drives her to despair as his interest in her wanes. Rattigan provides us with one of the great post-war female leading roles in English theatre, complemented by a carefully drawn cast of supporting characters.


It was a sad day when the RSC decided to leave its Barbican home, particularly as the Barbican Theatre was designed specifically to house RSC productions transferred to and from its base at Stratford- upon-Avon.


Thus, it is with particular excitement that, although there will be time to deal with the details in the next issues of BARBICAN LIFE, it is worth noting that the new production by Gregory Doran of “Richard II” will be presented at the Barbican


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Theatre from 9th December for seven weeks following its premiere at Stratford. It will star David Tennant as Richard and other cast members will include Oliver Ford Davies. Tickets will already be on sale as we go to press and early booking is advised.


I have, in past issues, bemoaned the fact that I mainly devote these columns to alert theatregoers to what they have in store for them in future months. It is often frustrating that my brief is not extended to evaluating what we have seen and whether my recommendations for future productions were justified. In any case, with comparatively short seasons it is not really worthwhile to rake over productions that have long since gone. Nevertheless, Barbican residents often tackle me about what they have seen and why they agree or disagree with my anticipated excitement of a production. I can only ask whether we actually saw the same show. Live theatre means that different audiences experience different evenings according to where one sits, the cast that is on and the day of the week one attends. A theatre performance is, in its own way, unique,


for both the performers and the audience members, who bring their different personal histories and experiences to bear on what unfolds before them in the performance. Theatre criticism at its best should not be regarded as gospel, more the beginning of a longer conversation.


As well as all the off-site drama being presented this Spring, the two new cinemas continue to draw enthusiastic audiences and, adjacent to them, the new CÔTE restaurant will be opening in late March, all providing further quality leisure facilities to fortunate Barbican residents.


Bank on it - Money building made by Simon Anthony Wells Image: Lizzie Oxby


RSC publicity image for Richard II


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