Welcome to our October Theatre Newsletter
I went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time last week. I hadn’t managed to see it yet and was very happy to be able to take my mum and dad (who also enjoyed it immensely). Even if you have not read the book, you’ll have probably heard of the play: of how Christopher, a 15 year old boy whose brilliant mind does not equip him to deal with the real world and the challenges he faces when he decides to investigate the death of a neighbourhood dog.
It is both how the story is told on stage and the way it draws the audience into the mind of a child on the autistic spectrum that make the production remarkable.
I would very much recommend it to anyone looking for a thought-provoking evening.
Following Cats, which re-opens this month at the London Palladium, another of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musicals, Sunset Boulevard, comes to the London Coliseum starring none other than the one and only Glenn Close who reprises the Tony-Award winning role as Norma Desmond that she performed on Broadway.
Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of an impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis who stumbles into the reclusive world of faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond. She sees the opportunity to make a comeback and rise to her former glory. He by turn is seduced by the actress and her luxurious lifestyle.
Only on for a very restricted run, this semi-staged production with the orchestra of the ENO will be one of the highlights of 2016. Breaks can be booked now. https://www.theatrebreaks.com/london/shows/glen-close-returns-to-sunset-boulevard
Motown had its London launch last week and everyone here is most excited about it. It’s another show that we will have to wait until next year to see or you can go to any record store, by an old soul record, gently encourage it out of its sleeve, gingerly place your stylus on the rotating black, lightly grooved disc, close your eyes and imagine you are in 60’s Detroit! https://www.theatrebreaks.com/london/shows/motown-the-musical
I am looking forward to doing both! Although if the 60’s is your “thing” then there are lots of shows to satisfy your cravings – https://www.theatrebreaks.com/blog/london-musicals-with-songs-from-the-60s
The love of theatre and music starts at a very young age. That is why we are overjoyed to be working with Monkey Music this year… I’ll let them explain:
Monkey Music -the UK’s award winning music classes for babies and young children; are delighted to offer Theatre Breaks customers a FREE class and half price membership.
You are invited to book a FREE Monkey Music class and to claim HALF PRICE MEMBERSHIP when enrolling in our regular classes. At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development and our progressive and educational classes are a ‘good fit’ for each separate age group – from 3 months – 4 years! When carers write to us, they will often say how “their best friends have come from their days at Monkey Music”. Click here to take advantage of this offer and to find a class in your local area:
Back in the world of Theatre Breaks, we still have our £99 London Theatre Breaks on offer and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s winter season is well under way and we are very much looking forward to seeing Wendy and Peter in Stratford-Upon-Avon during December and January.
If your family are London bound then do consider seeing Jim Broadbent as he makes his long-awaited return to the London stage to play Scrooge in a new version of A Christmas Carol!
If you are thinking of coming to London in January, look out for the Lumiere London festival running from 14 to 17 January 2016. For four days – and nights – London’s Theatreland buildings will be quite literally dazzling with the iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works. It should make a special additional highlight to your theatre break!
Lastly, yesterday (08 October) was National Poetry Day. We joined in with some theatre inspired musings and so did many of our readers. See some at theatrebreaks.co.uk/blog. There is still some time to have a go yourself… there is always time to write poetry!