This was the fifth of five shows for which Lionel Bart was the sole composer and lyricist over a six year period in the early sixties, the most famous of which was of course Oliver. 380 more words
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Lionel Bart’s 1965 musical famously flopped dramatically, but that hasn’t stopped the Union Theatre staging a heavily revised version by Julian Woolford. Based on the Robin Hood legend, it sees Robin (Peter Noden) – who has lost his “twang” – try to stay one step ahead of Prince John (Lewis McBean), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Christopher Hewitt) and Guy of Gisborne (Ed Court), while also trying to win the hand of the lovely Maid Marian (Kweeva Garvey). 244 more words
The musical, originally written in 1965 will make its debut at the Union Theatre from the 11th April.
This updated version of the musical is by Julian Woolford and Richard John will be directed by Bryan Hodgson and is a celebration of the classic folklore hero Robin Hood and his merry men. 118 more words
Opera directors regularly take liberties with the work of dead composers, but this isn’t Carmen the opera, and Phil Willmott won’t be the first person to rob Bizet’s grave – Oscar Hammerstein did it for his musical Carmen Jones and Matthew Bourne for his dance piece Car Man. 251 more words
Phil Willmott’s production based on Bizet’s beloved opera has plenty of passion and Spanish flair to make for a highly engaging experience.
It is always interesting to see what the Union theatre can do with its cosy space and for this production of Carmen 1808, the audience really feel involved with the unfolding events thanks to Adam Haigh’s lively choreography and the authentic looking set design by Justin Williams and Jonny Rust, sweeping the audience back to Spain and the Dos de Mayo Uprising of 1808 effectively. 482 more words