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From the West End Whingers Lost Property Office

Sunday 22 April 2007

Lost Property

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Yer actual extrémité occidentale whingers

Friday 23 March 2007

large-190×100.jpgWe don’t quite know why this is funny, but it is.

To fend off queries from the French we are proud to present our review of the originally French farce Boeing, Boeing in its native language courtesy of Google’s translation tool. 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 »

52nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Thursday 9 November 2006

So, the nominations are announced for the 52nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The West End Whingers haven’t yet received their invitations to the awards ceremony which takes place at The Savoy Hotel on 27 November, but fully expect to be there to receive a suprise Lifetime Achievement Award for services to whinging and drinking.

We note that there is still no category for “Best Value Programme” or “Shortest Bar Queues” but in the absence of the things that really matter, here are our tips for where the smart money should go: Read the rest of this entry »

Box Office Poison

Friday 13 October 2006

Cheez. What’s the matter with the folks in the box offices in London? Andrew outsourced the purchasing of Spamalot tickets to his faithful friend and would-be-whinger Neil who diligently turned up at the Palace Theatre box office on the day the tickets first went on sale. “I’d like tickets for the evening of the first Saturday after Opening Night, please [for he is very polite],” he said.

Imagine his dismay to realise that the tickets he had been sold turned out to be for the evening of the last Saturday before opening night. An easy mistake to make? Ummm. No. Don’t think so. Not unless the box office staff are flaky or not very interested in meeting their customers’ needs or hung over.

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Box Office Poison: The Sound of Music – Are the tills alive?

Tuesday 22 August 2006

Maria fans beware!

Following the huge plugging for this show on TV’s “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” we decided to book now.

But like Evita (see our previous blog) there’s something of which theatregoers should be aware.

Having let the cat out of the bag in the programme that the elected Maria will do “at least six shows a week”,
(er..and the other two?) I casually asked at the box office what chance we have of seeing the winning girl.

The conversation went something like this:

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Unallocated seating…we have our reservations

Monday 21 August 2006

Further to Andrew’s comments about the 39 Steps .

There’s probably still time to pick up an offer and head to the Wyndhams Theatre to see the terrific production of Sunday in the Park With George.

You’ll probably get a more overall view than the four of us did the night we went to the otherwise excellent Menier Chocolate Factory.

Operating the irritating unreserved seating policy. (Unless of course you’re one of the lucky ones who drifts in at the last minute and takes up one of the seats with “Reserved” stuck on it…prime seats natch!). The four of us arrived early enough to grab reasonable seats, or so we thought. We instead found ourselves scattered around the auditorium like dots in a Seurat painting. Read the rest of this entry »

Evita bleaters

Monday 14 August 2006

Well I’m inclined to agree with Andrew.

There’s no doubt little Elena does have star quality and a spectacular mouth. Though even in her heels she barely comes beyond Peron’s waist (perhaps explaining the attraction). I found myself drawn to watching her throughout – if only to lip read when the going gets tough and it certainly does, at less than acceptable levels. When my focus did stray it was to a particular member of the chorus giving her all, she’s the one in the Eartha Kitt wig in ALW’s take on My Fair Lady’s Ascot scene. (Or should that be Ladies?)

Which brings me to Richard Mawbey who deserves a special mention for excellent wig work. I’m a sucker for convincing wigs. Though I did notice Silvikrin get a mention on the posters. No wonder Mr Mawbey gets such a high mention in the credits. Well done Richard.

I was a little more taken with it as a whole finding it more atmospheric than the original production, but that could be my memory. And if they insist on being so literal with the sets shouldn’t the Casa Rosada have been pink?
However when Evita collapses and Andrew whispered, “things are looking up” I had to agree. The best tunes had gone, the turgid oscar winning (how?) “You must love me” unnecessarily added from the film, “Mistress” Lorna had left us Wanting more (of her) and less of the last twenty minutes which seemed to last forever.

And why does the ad in The Times describe the Adelphi as “Air Conditioned” when the box office call it “Air-Cooled”?
It’s clearly less efficient, though we noticed the cheaper, emptier, rear stalls (around the lighting desk) much cooler than our seats. Also it’s not playing to “packed houses as John Barrowman claimed on Saturday’s “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? And another thing, raking the stalls might help too, get a tall person in front of you and you might miss Elena Roger.

Despite this, my recommendation would be stalls centre row J for best appreciation of the Morcambe and Wise effect (see Andrew’s review). Enjoy!

You don’t solve a problem like Maria this way, that’s for sure

Sunday 6 August 2006

Well, that was a promising show for two weeks. Who wants to keep watching now shop-girl-naif Briony Price has gone? I can’t tell the remaining Marias apart, with the exception of the rather arrogant one whose name escapes me.

ALW asked Briony if she thought that at 16 she was old enough to be a West End star? Well, Mr LW it’s only a week ago that you were ranting on about how Maria was always played by actresses too old to play the “girl” that Maria clearly is. You’re asking the wrong question: it’s not whether she’s the right age for a West End star; it’s whether she’s the right age to be Maria.

Of course, Briony had to go; she’s the delightful underdog who would have charmed BBC viewers into putting her through every week. Too high a risk for someone who’s going to have to do eight (sorry, six. see previous post) shows a week.

To be honest, I don’t care who gets it now. The ten that are left are just not interesting. I hope Brioney gets her own show. I’d pay good money to see her in The King’s Head; not so sure about paying to see any of the others in SOM.