Archive for the 'Open Air Theatre' Category

They Remember it Well…

Saturday 16 August 2008

…well, not so well actually.

In fact the Whingers remember very little these days and are frequently at odds with each other about who was in what and whether they fled at the interval or not. No wonder Andrew is frequently entreating Phil to “Write it down!“.

But they can still remember the delightful Regent’s Park Open Air production of Gigi, but then they did see it only last Tuesday.

So to whet your appetite for the production, here’s the famous song “I Remember it Well” performed in what the Whingers consider its definitive version: Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Gigi, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Thursday 14 August 2008

There are some things in the theatre that hack the Whingers off even more than everything else: the lack of a DBE, the absence of a proscenium arch, anything in the round, square or traverse staging.

But to be fair there are some things over which producers and directors have no control: the weather.

Well, we assume they have no control although the Whingers are convinced that Nicholas Hytner or Kevin Spacey might have some sway and they are entirely certain that Dame Judi Dench could help them forget it, whatever it was.

All of which is, of course, a pointless preamble to the fact that for many weeks the Whingers have – through their weatherproof wallets – been clutching tickets for Gigi at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (or, as the publicity insists on having it: Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi). Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Lady Be Good, Open Air Theatre, Regents Park

Saturday 21 July 2007

When the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park announced that it was to produce George & Ira Gershwin’s Lady Be Good two major questions immediately presented themselves to the West End Whingers:

  1. So soon after the remorseless un-stitching of the genre by The Drowsy Chaperone, would it be possible to get away with staging a frothy 1920s musical?
  2. What happened to the punctuation?

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