NYT Announces 2013 Season
Paul Roseby announces plans for the future of the National Youth Theatre
North London’s newest theatre opens doors.
The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, opens to the public for the first time.
SPECIAL OFFER: West End Eurovision
A special discount on ticket prices for the West End’s most fabulous, frivolous event – West End Eurovision.
Surviving Actors returns to Manchester for new event
The convention will take place on Saturday 18th May and will feature loads of industry professionals.
Blog: Being Brave
Katie Brennan, with humour and wit, writes about being brave and following your dreams – even when they seem like nightmares.
Blog: Postcard from the One Man, Two Guvnors tour
We catch up with former First Word writer Rosie Wyatt, somewhere between New Zealand and Australia.
Blog: Interactive theatre/cinema
Peter Hinton, a regular performer with Future/Secret Cinema shares his experience of a truly audience interactive experience.
Blog: Taking on an iconic role
Nadim Naaman writes about taking on the iconic role of Anatoly in the first UK Revival of Chess
To Kill A Mockingbird, Regent’s Park Open Air, ✭✭✭✭
Edward Theakston braves the summer weather for an entrancing night at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Review: The History Boys, Crucible Theatre, ✭✭✭
Emily Hardy takes a trip to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre to eye up The History Boys
Review: From the Mouths of Mothers, Pleasance ✭✭✭
Ewan Stewart reviews From the Mouths of Mothers at the Pleasance
Review: Tanzi Libre, Southwark Playhouse ✭✭
Southwark Playhouse re-opens in a new venue, but is Tanzi Libre a champion? JBR reviews.
Review: Howl’s Moving Castle, Southwark Playhouse ***
Amy Stow gets into the festive spirit with an immaculately presented gothic tale at Southwark Playhouse.
Howl’s Moving Castle is an enchanting tale suitable for viewers of all ages. Based on the fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, writer Mike Sizemore has created a compelling script that captures the story of the ostensibly evil, superficial Howl and his blossoming relationship with the lovely Sophie, who has been put under a spell by the jealous Witch of the Waste and so transformed into a meddling old lady. Can Sophie – unwittingly – win Howl’s love and defeat the powerful, embittered Witch of the Waste? Or is Howl destined to be forever roving in his magnificent castle, preying on the innocent and bathing in his own vanity?
Akin to Beauty and the Beast, this gothic tale is immaculately presented, prompting comic genius – especially from the energetic Daniel Ings as the conceited, flamboyant Howl – as well as merriment all round, and, judging by the number of shiny-faced youngsters in the audience, truly is aimed at spectators of all ages.
Whilst the acting is good across the board (although admittedly carried in placed by Ings), perhaps the most intriguing element of this production is the fantastic white cardboard set, which is highly versatile, delineating both inside and outside of the castle. Coupled with the amusing projections that frequently pop up to the voiceover of Stephen Fry, who narrates, the set is dazzling, and helps to fill an otherwise sparse stage.
Howl’s Moving Castle is both panto-esque and sincere, funny and touching, jolly and sinister
Never a dull moment, this production is directed by artistic couple Davy and Kristin McGuire with care and precision, whilst still allowing the actors some room for improvisation in places. A bit like dressing up as a wide-eyed youth, Howl’s Moving Castle is both panto-esque and sincere, funny and touching, jolly and sinister. With some fine acting and a clever set, the two main merits of this production, this show provides a very pleasant way to spend an evening whether young or old – or somewhere in between.
*** (3 stars)
Runs until 7th January 2012