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Some Photos from the West End Whingers party

Sunday 22 April 2007

Whingers behind maskIf a picture paints a thousand words then the myriad blogging playwrights who attended the West End Whingers party will be spitting feathers.

For the WEW are pleased to present no less than the equivalent of a 47,000 word essay describing last night’s do. A wordier account will no doubt follow, but feel free to write your own scathing review if you were there (or even if you weren’t – we no longer feel the need to sit through something to pass judgement on it). Read the rest of this entry »

The theatrical event of the whinging year

Saturday 21 April 2007

InvitationWell, it’s all go at the Whingers’ respective headquarters in Kentish Town and Vauxhall as preparations for tonight’s party go into overdrive.  Moods are rather fractious as it’s 10.15am and in deference to their duties this evening neither Phil nor Andrew has had a drink all day. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the Drowsy in Chaperone

Saturday 21 April 2007

Drowsy Chaperone - putting gin in originalThe producers of Broadway transfer The Drowsy Chaperone are obviously desperate to seduce the Whingers. Or just desperate.

In a previous blog the Whingers noted the strange wording in their promotions. Now, presumably having taken heed from WEW, they’ve come up with another tag line in their ads, which have surely been worded specifically to woo the Whingers alcohol marinated hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rose Tattoo – they said what?

Monday 16 April 2007

One of the Whingers’ favourite pastimes is comparing the quotes on theatre posters with the full reviews from which they are drawn.

This can keep them occupied for hours on end, their cackling producing a steady stream of noise pollution complaints to local authorities unfortunate enough to have the Whingers’ favourite hostelries within their remit. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr Who does Shakespeare

Sunday 1 April 2007

Scene from The Shakespeare Code, Dr WhoOne of the few rebukes never hurled at the Whingers is that they should get out more. In fact one of Andrew’s New Year resolutions was to stay in more, so last night he settled down for a rare hour in front of the new-fangled television device which magically pipes crap into your home. Read the rest of this entry »

Autograph hunting

Tuesday 27 March 2007

Connie Fisher and Andrew Lloyd WebberJust to save you the trouble of asking, the West End Whingers don’t give autographs. Phil can barely write, for goodness sake.

It might appear a bit “grand”, but in fact it is principally for the benefit of our healths, a lesson apparently unheeded by eight-times-a-week Connie Fisher whose ailments – according to ALW himself – are partly the result of “signing autographs for 400 people out in the cold every night”.

You would think that with all the money they’re raking in they could have afforded to get her a thermal vest and an umbrella. But we digress. Read the rest of this entry »

Lord of the Rings: lights on, nobody in the house?

Friday 23 March 2007

Lord of the Rings logoThe West End Whingers’ anticipation of the theatrical event they are counting on to save their blogging bacon continues to grow by the minute. Read the rest of this entry »

Fierstein, Chayefsky, Bette Davis, Considine, SOB

Friday 23 March 2007

Only connect. Now this is complicated, so pay attention.

The eyes and ears of WEW’s favourite Broadway blogger Steve on Broadway report (Note to Andrew – it’s probably the lips or the fingers that actually did the reporting, not the eyes and ears;  I am now the acknowledged expert on writing since – did I already mention this – it was my phrase, not yours, that was quoted on The Guardian’s arts blog – Phil) that Harvey Fierstein (right) is “planning a return to Broadway via a musical version of  Paddy Chayefsky‘s The Catered Affair.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Song for Europe

Thursday 22 March 2007

OK, so it’s a bit off-topic, but you don’t have to read anything we write, do you? Read the rest of this entry »

Fears for the future of the Royal Court

Saturday 10 March 2007

Is the Royal Court in safe hands? A slightly worrying missive from its new artistic director Dominic Cooke plopped onto Andrew’s doormat this morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Whatever happened to Bette and Joan?

Friday 9 March 2007

62babyjanex1.jpgAfter visiting the Old Vic the other night, among the many important discussions about really important things over a much needed glass of something, the Whingers wondered, Whatever happened to Bette and Joan“?

Malcolm McKay’s play, based on Bette and Joan – The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine, has been whispered about in certain quarters for some time, as it deals with the infamous rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Andrew and Phil, always on the lookout for exciting and dangerous new projects had their appetites well and truly whetted by the prospect.

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Billie Piper debut postponed / Evita to close

Thursday 1 March 2007

Neither piece of news comes as a surprise to the whingers.

Apart from Billie Piper’s performance, if Treats is to survive then it needs serious work. The line being given is that the opening of Treats would clash with the press night of The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Of course openings are carefully arranged weeks or months in advance. Now if the Whingers were cynics they might think Treats has been delayed eight nights for other reasons. We couldn’t possibly comment. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweeney Todd the movie

Sunday 11 February 2007

News reaches the Whingers that filming started this week on Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring those well known doyennes of musical theatre Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett. Read the rest of this entry »

Elena Roger in “to start acting” shock

Friday 12 January 2007

Elena RogerEnlightening reading in this morning’s edition of The Independent.

In its “cultural life” section, the Evita revival star is asked what books she has been reading.

“I have been researching my role,” she confides. “Books include Eva Peron: The Biography […] and The Reason of My Life by Eva Person.”

Hmm. Well, better late than never, we suppose. She’s only been doing playing the role for seven months, after all.

But there’s more…

“I am starting to have acting classes so I have also been reading some plays.”

Whatever next? Singing lessons? A wardrobe fitting? Rehearsals?

Maggie Smith – Ain’t nothing like a Dame

Monday 27 November 2006

url.jpg WEW think enthusiasm a dirty word, it doesn’t even get a mention in their manifesto.

But news that Dame Maggie Smith will be treading the boards again in another Edward Albee play, The Lady From Dubuque has their mouths watering. Directed by Anthony Page who helmed the recent and brilliant Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner this is definitely one to look out for.

WEW can hardly wait til March.

UPDATE: Well, it’s March now and here’s our review.