Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson about bringing Aspects of Love to London following its successful run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.
What was it about Aspects of Love that made you want to bring it back to the stage? I have always been in love with the score of Aspects Of Love ever since my Grandfather used to sing it to me as a child. It has always held a special place in my heart. I was drawn to the melodies and so when an opportunity came to choose it as our August production it felt perfect.
For London audiences who are waiting to experience this production – what can they expect from it? It’s a beautiful, boutique version of this musical; it’s full of passion, drama and sincerity. It has a smaller orchestration so the drama can be focused on in the performances. It feels like an Aspects Of Love for a modern generation.
Have you a favourite moment in the show? It has to be Kelly Price who plays Rose’s final song; it’s an incredibly strong performance with fragility at the same time and you are gripped. It’s such an honest moment.
Were there any challenges in reviving Aspects of Love for this production? It’s always a challenge tackling any large musical in an unsubsidised fringe theatre! Everyone wants more money for their department and we all want it to be produced to the highest quality so it’s always managing the pots of money ensuring it can be realised to its fullest potential.
What would you say makes Jonathan O’Boyle’s revival so special? The way the elements have come together is just beautiful; it’s simplicity is its strength; producing it in a small space allows you to focus on the performances and the way the set is used to help indicate locations and time passing feels seamless.
Are there any other musicals you would particularly love to revive in the future? There are many but that would be giving up my 2019, 2020 and 2021 programme already!
It seems you have had a pretty busy 2018 – what is in store for you in 2019? We have three shows at Hope Mill Theatre to reveal very soon as well as a National Tour of our second Hope Mill Theatre show, HAIR! We have Aspects of Love and then we have three other undisclosed projects happening in London. We are developing three musical commissions as well as finding a future and continuing to work on four more!
By Emma Clarendon
Aspects of Love will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 7th January until the 9th February 2019. For more information visit: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/aspects-of-love/