Have had a wonderful week of great theatre – thankfully.
Firstly went to see ‘The Tiger who came into Tea’ at the Town Hall. As a good friend assistant directed and choreographed it I was hoping that it was going to be as good as I wanted it to be. This became even more important as I was not only sitting with her but with the show’s creator David Wood. Thankfully it was wonderful. It was top notch children’s theatre for that 3- 6 year old group that so many people get wrong (see my previous comments on ‘The Gruffalo’). It has deservedly been nominated for an Olivier Award and will be touring then heading to the West End in the Summer.
Following that I went to see ‘Gypsy’ at Leicester’s ‘Curve’ Theatre. A magnificent production with the terribly talented Caroline O’Conner and supporting cast. Its got a limited run but worth travelling to.
Finally, last night I visited Birmingham’s Newest Theatre ‘Blue Orange’ to see ’Treasure Island’. It was a polished, clever adaptation of a Classic, with actor-musicians and an excellent use of the space. I hope that this gets fuller audiences than there were last night; the big theatres have big publicity machines behind them; smaller theatres are not so lucky. Go if you have 6+ aged children – the few in the audience last night were mesmerised.