Author: Emma van Kooperen

The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-Time @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has been a top destination for touring musicals for longer than we can remember and in recent years they’ve added top class drama to their repertoire. We sent Emma van Kooperen to check out Curious Incident as it arrived on the south coast! Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption @ The Mayflower, Southampton

acm_6143-photography-mark-yeomanIt’s one of Hollywood’s great anachronisms, a movie that underwhelmed at the box office but came to define the burgeoning home video market, and all from a throwaway short story by an author better known for horror than drama. Can this new touring production from Bill Kenwright live up to the version we all know and love? Emma van Kooperen finds out… Continue reading

This House @ The Minerva Theatre, Chichester

this-house_7-kevin-doyle-phil-daniels-david-hounslow-matthew-pidgeon-tony-turner-lauren-oneil-in-this-house-at-chichester-festival-theatre-photo-johan-persson_06787Ahead of Headlong‘s new production of ‘This House’ heading to the West End we dispatched Emma van Kooperen to check it out in the cosy confines of Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Continue reading

Fracked @ The Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Michael-Simkins-in-FRACKED-at-Chichester-Festival-Theatre-Photo-by-Catherine-Ashmore_061While we can lay claim to a lot of things here at Sitting In The Cheap Seats we’ve not, as yet, mastered the act of being in two places at once. As such it was a case of divide and conquer on Friday night as Matt headed to London to see The Fix (review here) while Emma van Kooperen braved the massed Pokemon trainers of Chichester to head to the Minerva Theatre, Here’s her report… Continue reading

An Inspector Calls @ The Mayflower, Southampton

tumblr_inline_o582vqaBHU1rgiv1h_500We’ve always been intrigued by Stephen Daldry’s highly revered production of this classic play but it has somehow consistently eluded us. Determined to cover it when the next chance came we dispatched Emma van Kooperen to report in for us! Continue reading

Sweeney Todd @ The Mayflower, Southampton

tumblr_inline_nwcvarLKai1rgiv1h_500When a production of Stephen Sondheim’s epic, powerful masterpieceSweeney Todd rolls into town it can’t be missed! So, even though I was laid up and unable to attend Emma van Kooperen made sure we could tell you all about Welsh National Opera’s demon barber… Continue reading

Anna Bolena @ The Mayflower, Southampton

Anna Bolena, Welsh National Opera…WNO…provider: Daryl Jenner ….Anna Bolena – Donizetti – Welsh National Opera – 7th September 2013
Giovanna Seymour (Jane Seymour) – Katharine Goeldner
Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) – Serena Farnocchia
Smeton (Mark Smeton) – Faith Sherman
Enrico (Henry VIII) – Alastair Miles
Lord Rochefort – Daniel Grice
Lord Percy – Robert McPherson
Lord Hervey – Robyn Lyn Evans
Conductor – Daniele Rustioni
Director – Alessandro Talevi
Designer – Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer – Matthew Haskins…Anna Bolena – Donizetti – Welsh National Opera – 7th September 2013
Giovanna Seymour (Jane Seymour) – Katharine Goeldner
Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) – Serena Farnocchia
Smeton (Mark Smeton) – Faith Sherman
Enrico (Henry VIII) – Alastair Miles
Lord Rochefort – Daniel Grice
Lord Percy – Robert McPherson
Lord Hervey – Robyn Lyn Evans
Conductor – Daniele Rustioni
Director – Alessandro Talevi
Designer – Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer – Matthew Haskins

Say hello to our first ever guest reviewer! We were fascinated by Welsh National Opera’s Tudor season so, a scant night after we checked out Tosca Emma van Kooperen headed to The Mayflower to check out Anna Bolena for us. You can find Emma on twitter @eviekaye and click the link below to read her review. Continue reading