Love Story, the new musical based on the iconic 1970 film and book, opens at the Duchess Theatre in the West End after a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Originally booked for only 10 weeks the show has already extended and is now booking previews from 27 November 2010 through to April 30th 2011.
Love story is a romantic, heart warming and heart rending story of love and loss. It certainly captured Michael Ball’s heart as he is co-producing this ‘chamber musical’. He says:
I saw Love Story in Chichester and immediately fell in love with this enchanting new British musical. The production is inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel, also one of the most romantic films of all time and is scored by the Emmy and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall. This combined with the moving and witty lyrics by Stephen Clark and a fabulous cast add up to a wonderful evening at the theatre that is a bittersweet celebration of love and life. I’m so thrilled to be part of the team that is bringing you this critically acclaimed production. See you at the Duchess Theatre soon.
The production has music by Howard Goodall (The Hired Man, Days of Hope, Two Cities), a book by Stephen Clark and lyrics by Goodall and Clark. The 90-minute piece is a co-production with Chichester Festival, where it premiered in June to critical and audience acclaim.
You can get a taste of the show from this behind the scenes video:
Will it extend again and can it be even more successful than the last Chichester transfer Spring Awakening? I’m not sure but I think it has a good chance. Wouldn’t it be great, though to see new money and talent backing a really original musical? Rather than yet another film adaptation. What do you think?
It’s interesting to see which musicals are ending isn’t it? Farewell to Oliver then, after what seems like a short run but was in fact at least average for the West End I think. Sweet Charity was great, and it’s a shame the Whoopi Goldberg run in Sister Act couldn’t have been extended but I suppose they need the theatre to start all the changes to the stage in time for Wizard of Oz. As for Avenue Q, well I don’t realy have an opinion worth sharing on that one. Enjoy your London Theatre Breaks!
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is a play starring Jeff Goldblum at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Oliver Theatre Breaks London Omid Djali Jodie Prenger,Gryff Rhys Jones
Between Christmas and New Year, in January, February and at spring time are all good times for going on weekend theatre breaks in London. All the top shows are there in the West End waiting, the hotels are not too busy and the city nightlife is just the thing to keep you going during the long winter.
The best thing about weekend theatre breaks in London is that you don’t have to take any time off of work to get the short break in. Zip down the country on a Friday afternoon instead of going home early and you can be taking your seat in one of London’s grand old theatres ready to take in one of the bog musicals just as your colleagues are sitting down at home to an evening meal.
So that gives you the whole of Saturday to mooch about in the capital, take in a museum or gallery, stroll by the river or whatever takes your fancy to do in London. Make your way home leisurely on Saturday afternoon, early evening or else book in for a two nighter and have a second great night out in the West End.
Here’s the short Theatre Breaks in London Movie made up by capturing some live spontaneous dialogue about going on theatre breaks to London, transcribing the words into text then animating with some clever software to produce a movie for the theatre breaks channel on youTube
In the video, a couple are discussing what to at the weekend and starting to make plans for a theatre break in London before going online to make the booking.
Ramin Karimloo & Robyn North on The Alan Titchmarsh show
Ramin Karimloo & Robyn North on The Alan Titchmarsh show singing The Music of The Night. Ramin Karimloo is the current Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera in London and will be pioneering the role in the further adventures of the Phantom called “Love Never Dies” which opens in London in March 2010.
Jodie Prenger from Oliver sings “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver at West End Live with interview