Posts Tagged ‘Lee Mead’

Review – Cinderella, London Palladium

Friday 6 January 2017

palladiummainPhil saw his first Palladium pantomime 31 years ago, which also turned out to be the venue’s last Cinderella and its penultimate pantomime for decades. Babes in the Wood was its last for almost 30 years – what ever happened to that title? Or Puss in Boots? Or Humpty Dumpty? Or Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to that?

That 1985 Cinderella included Hope & Keen, John Junkin, Paul Nicholas and Des O’ Connor who was rather brilliant at managing to keep the thing afloat. Just. There were real ponies, Step Sisters (they eschewed calling them the Ugly Sisters even then) called Cagney and Lacey and Dame Anna Neagle who died a few months after struggling on as the Fairy Godmother.

It was a pretty lacklustre affair, never reaching the dizzying heights of spectacle Phil expected of Palladium panto legend. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, Tristan Bates Theatre

Wednesday 20 April 2011

You might be surprised to learn that people occasionally try to pick the Whingers’ curdled brains about what to see in the West End. We always are. We freely concede to knowing nothing. Yet, peculiarly some misguided folk are foolish enough to canvass our opinions.

Thankfully there is often just one thing which we agree is the absolute must-see du jour. The crown of 2009’s Jerusalem‘s passed readily to 2010’s Clybourne Park, and since few accord our atypical delirium over The Umbrellas of Cherbourg our latest chirrup is a duet endorsing the serial-killer “musical” London “umm, impatiens” Road.

And queerly, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Tristan Bates Theatre) follows London Road as our second musical about grisly murder in a week. Read the rest of this entry »