In a year dominated by Mormons, Nun’s, Sailors and Pilots the biggest hits on Broadway were once again West End imports. With many new musicals failing to last more than a couple of months, let alone recouping their investment, the trend for British Theatre continued to pick up and was once again reflected in the Tony Awards. Mark Rylance, star of Jerusalem won the Best Actor prize showing that this powerful play which deals with very British issues can cross borders, along with the National Theatre’s well received production of War Horse...read more
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proved to be one of the most varied years in recent history with the West End seeing a mixture of new works, revivals, Broadway transfers and celebrity appearances. As the recession threatened a double dip the face of the West End became unpredictable with shows closing early and dark theatres, filled with stopgap productions and regional transfers. It wasn’t just new plays suffering falls in audiences, revivals of classic plays staring celebrities as varied as Thandie Newton and Joanna Lumley posted early closing. At a time when...
The 2011 Award season was special on both sides of the Atlantic for very different reasons. First up, The Olivier Awards relocated to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a star studded ceremony which was broadcast on television and live radio for the first time in many years. Offering a fantastic live production featuring performances from musicals such as Legally Blonde and Love Story the ceremony was a huge event in the theatre calendar. Stephen Sondheim was recognised with a special award, presented by Angela Lansbury who treated the...read more