Two more shows are heading towards their final performances in the West End so if you were planning on seeing either Showstopper!The Improvised Musical or Farinelli and the King then this is your last opportunity to do so!
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Apollo Theatre – Ending on Saturday the 28th November, this improvised show is the one place in London that audiences decide what happens on the night!
During every performance the audience gets to choose which direction the show takes – from the title to the types of songs that are performed and of course the performers then have to transform it instantly into an all-singing and all-dancing production – with unpredictable results.
Since opening at the Apollo Theatre, the cast have created and performed their way through 80 new shows – more than doubling the number of West End musicals that have been playing in London this Autumn.
But these performances are more than just about an evening with songs but are also filled with stories and characters that the audience’s love.
Some examples of shows that have been created during the West End run include: THE LYIN’ KING” an apt title for a tale of tabloid journalism set in the offices of the Daily Mail; “BALLS” set in the England rugby team dressing room at Twickenham, with musical styles included Cats & West Side Story; “POPE FICTION” set in the Vatican; “AARGH 2 D 2” set on board a Robot Pirate Ship with songs in the styles of Chicago, Matilda, Hairspray & Annie Get Your Gun; “SHAFTED” set in an elevator in a NY apartment block, with song styles including Cole Porter, Matilda, Spamalot & Once; “HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?” with songs in the styles of Les Miserable, Reggae, Threepenny Opera & The Lion King, and “BLATT OUT OF HELL” set at FIFA HQ, with songs in the style of Avenue Q and Hello Dolly.
The cast includes: Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd, and Sarah-Louise Young.
Farinelli and the King, Duke of York’s Theatre: closing on the 5th December it is the last opportunity to experience Claire van Kampen’s hit play, starring Mark Rylance whose performance has gained high praise from audiences and critics.
The production is directed by John Dove and transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre after a successful run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Set in 18th century Spain, the play tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V.
The show features designs by Jonathan Fensom, with musical arrangements also by Claire van Kampen.
As well as Mark Rylance, the cast also includes: Sam Crane, Matthew Darcy, Huss Garbiya, Melody Grove Colin Hurley and Edward Peel. The production also features live Baroque music that is performed by six onstage musicians, led by Harpsichordist and Musical Director Robert howarth.