I’m not entirely sure what I watched at the Arts Theatre when I attended the press night for Knights Of The Rose, but it wasn’t what I signed up for. Andy Moss and Katie Birtill were so positive about the production when I interviewed them a couple of weeks prior to Knights Of The Rose opening, but did they genuinely think the show they were in was good?
I’m going to hold my hands up and say that until recently I had never seen The King And I, despite it being on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular musicals. It’s a film that my mum absolutely adores, but I’d just never managed to catch it in full. Thanks to London Box Office I was able to catch the Tony Award winning transfer from the Lincoln Center at the London Palladium.
Knights Of The Rose is the latest in a long line of brand new productions to make its West End debut at the Arts Theatre (The Toxic Avenger; Ruthless). Knights Of The Rose is a classic rock musical of Shakespearean proportions, featuring legendary ballads and timeless anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Muse, No Doubt and many more. Last week, I had the chance to speak to Andy Moss (Hollyoaks, Doctors) ahead of the opening of this brand new production.
I really enjoyed the first series of How To Get Away With Murder, and despite never getting around to watching the second (or any of the others), I was eager to catch Afred Enoch’s West End debut in Red. In 2009, John Logan’s play Red opened at the Donmar Warehouse starring Alfred Molina and made a direct transfer to Broadway, winner of six Tony Awards including Best New Play, and earning Molina a Tony nomination for Best Actor In A Play. But until last month, Red had reached the West End.
When I heard that Chess was making its way to the West End for the first time in over 30 years, I knew I had to be part of this special production. But the English National Opera is notorious for high price tickets (I mean, there are a lot of people to pay at the London Coliseum so it makes sense but I’m queen of the cheap seats usual). Thanks to Today Tix I was able to get a ticket in the dress circle for just £25, making it that little bit more affordable.
I’d been interested in seeing The Ferryman since reading rave reviews in the autumn after its transfer from the Royal Court. 3 West End extensions and 3 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, later I had to get around to seeing it before it closed (in just five days time).