Tag: Union Theatre

Blondel is Back!

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel (long a guilty pleasure of those of us here in the Cheap Seats), which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 21 June – Saturday 15 July! Continue reading

Cheap Seats’ Shows of 2016

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Children of Eden @ The Union Theatre

Photo by Scott Rylander

Photo by Scott Rylander

The 70s were a hotbed for edgy takes on musical theatre so it’s remarkable that some of the shows that have lingered with us the longest share a common source – the bible. From the Lloyd Webber one two punch of the twee Joseph and the ballsy rocking Jesus Christ Superstar to Stephen Schwartz’s series of parables Godspell. It’s even stranger then when I realise Children of Eden is from 1991 as it shares so much with its predecessor. Continue reading

Cheap Seats chat with Michael Strassen

michaelstrassenThe glitz and glamour of London theatre may appear to be in a bunch of beautiful buildings between The Strand and Oxford Street, but for me the most exciting and intriguing work goes on south of the river with Southwark Playhouse and the Union Theatre being focal points for new, exciting and impactful pieces. As such, I wanted the first interview on the site to be someone who is a key figure in this traditional theatre heartland (after all, Shakespeare himself lived in Southwark for a time).
Michael Strassen is synonymous with exciting, engaging and high quality productions at the Union and after being blown away The Fix I couldn’t wait to give him a call and chat about the past, the future… and the one show he’s love to do if given the opportunity!

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The Fix @ The Union Theatre

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credit: Darren Bell

There are times when theatre can seem almost too prescient, where a show can offer a glimpse into a possible future that seems a little too real. There are moments in Michael Strassen’s production of The Fix that make you wonder just how much we are manipulated by the public view of politicians, and just how much they are all hiding. Continue reading

Curtain Up – Our Favourite News From The Past Week

tumblr_inline_o8q3vnk1l81rgiv1h_500It’s been a while since we last shared a roundup of the news, but there’s been a lot that has caught our eye this past week and, well… sharing is caring!

So, without further ado, here’s our favourite news from the past week.

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Our Favourite Shows Of 2015

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It’s that time of year again, when critics, theatre writers and bloggers all put together their lists of the shows that have most impressed them this year, so after a great deal of thought here are our top 10 productions (that we reviewed) of 2015! Continue reading

King Henry V @ Union Theatre

tumblr_inline_nrje87CLj61rgiv1h_500It has become painfully clear to me in recent years that while I’ve visited the majority of West End theatres, I’ve only really scratched at the surface of London’s ever-vibrant theatrical scene. One venue is repeatedly at the top of peoples lists for atmosphere… indeed when I posted on Facebook that I’d never been Mark Shenton was aghast as he has long championed Union Theatre! Continue reading