The Churchill Theatre

The Churchill Theatre

The Churchill Theatre

Wonderland Musical

Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.

With Kerry Ellis as Alice

And the rest of the cast as follows - 

Wendi Peters - Queen of hearts

David Willetts -white rabbit

Stephen Webb -Jack

Natalie McQueen -Mad Hatter

Dominic Owen - Cheshire Cat

Ben Kerr - March Hare

Naomi Morris - Ellie Alice, daughter

Kerry Ellis

Looking at these actors and actresses background they come from some major west end shows, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Le miserable to name a few.

So you can see why I was so excited to see Wonderland. Disney has a way of taking you into a magical world; and with all the remakes like through the looking glass,

With Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter

( yet to see this! But it is on the list)

So figuring out how this adaptation of Wonderland is brought into the twenty-first century. Alice is in from what seems to be an abusive and controlling relationship, is very far from what we see as Alice in Wonderland young happy, carefree blonde haired girl, now living in a block of flats on an estate where inevitably the lift never works!

She is also a mum to Ellie a Bright, friendly young girl, played by Naomi Morris.

Who wants anything but her mum to wake up from this depression haze she is in, But what-will-be will be!

Will she keep looking back or go forward into a world of wonder?

Ellie takes the lead on getting mum To take some action on changing their lives.

 

The heart rending performance of reaching out of the past and finally look into the future for your child brought a tear to my eye

Massively impressed with the ensemble, the choreography was excellent and had some funny points.

The highs, lows and Madness were added were, the Mad Hatter usually portrayed as a male, in this production was female, again not original formation. Unsure about how I would feel but the Amazing vocals blew me away and she is right, there is always time for tea.

I would give this show a massive 5 stars

5 stars

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Rent The Musical | Review

Rent on tour
Rent on tour

Reading the synopsis, further intrigued me to look at the production photograph's I eventually became eager to know more and youtube the trailer

Do not miss Bruce Guthrie’s brand-new production of the legendary, multi-award-winning rock musical RENT as it celebrates its incredible 20th anniversary.

This exhilarating, landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.

Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot The Musical, Hairspray) and Lucie Jones (X Factor, Legally Blonde The Musical, Les Miserables), this is a rare chance to experience the searing emotion and breath-taking thrills of one of the all-time great musicals.

Now tell me are you not gripped with wanting to see this show?

Rent is a rock opera written by Jonathan Larson set over the course of a year in 1990s New York City and is loosely based on Puccini’s more traditional opera La Boheme.  Larson died unexpectedly from an unexpected aortic aneurysm at only 35 years old, the day before Rent’s opening night and sadly didn’t get to see how his ground-breaking musical would help define the 1990s.

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La Boheme

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Layton Williams as Angel in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett (3)
Layton Williams as Angel in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Lucie Jones as Maureen in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Lucie Jones as Maureen in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

It's the 20th anniversary of Rent on Stage,


With Layton Williams playing the lead role of Angel, and Lucie Jones as Maureen.

The cast of RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
The cast of RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

From the start of the scene, it looked like a squatters place in a derelict building.
We was introduced to the two men on stage one is Mark, who videos everything producer of arts and has ambitions, then his friend tuning his guitar.

All is not what it seems, in a cold place no heating and being Christmas Eve, what could seemingly go wrong?

Billy Cullum as Mark and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Billy Cullum as Mark and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

In the case of gay, lesbian transsexual and straight people, the subject of HIV and AIDS are very much a taboo; this message conveyed with the poignant reminder will I lose my dignity, as with this nasty disease, death is inevitable in life anyway.

Mimi, played by Philippa Stephanie, at first glance on stage she seemed invincible and a party lover but as always there is more depth. Philippa played a fantastic role that like Angel was truely heart-tugging to watch.

Philippa Stefani as Mimi and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett (2)
Philippa Stefani as Mimi and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

Seeing as I knew nothing about Rent, I was clueless and open to what was going to unfold.

Be sure that all cast and musicians on set, their guitar playing was fantastic! Bruce Guthrie , considering like I had never seen or acted in Rent, the way it has been directed and choreographed is truly beautiful!

My rating would be five stars

5 stars

"I was still trying to get to grips with my emotions the day after.
A lesson that hit hard to the harsh reality of falling down on your luck and heartache."