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Crime and Punishment

See my review of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment on the stage for Frost Magazine here

Singin’ in the rain

 Last night I went to see Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre, and had a great night, largely because of a really enjoyable production, and a little bit because of some farcical audience members.

In terms of the play, the dancing was wonderful, and I had forgotten how many great songs are in it, “make em laugh”, “good morning” and of course “singin’ in the rain” were the really well done highlights. But the best thing about the show was its ability to not take itself seriously and laugh along with you, something I was happy to do.

The evening was made even better as a result of some wine, great company (check out theworldofclementineray.wordpress.com) and a man in the audience sitting behind us who could not have found the production funnier, and had a laugh as loud as a walrus, which made everything even more entertaining.

All in all, I would highly recommended seeing Singin’ in the Rain, but bring a raincoat if you’re in the front few rows! 

And for all you fashion lovers it has Burberry umbrellas, Louis Vuitton bellhops and more ’20s inspired dresses than the Spring/Summer collections. What more could you want?

Whatsonstage awards

I am sure all the winners below absolutely deserve their success but with no mention of either Noises Off or Wicked there have been some unforgiveable oversights!

Best Actress in a PlayVanessa RedgraveDriving Miss Daisy at Wyndham’s

Best Actor in a PlayJames CordenOne Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Lyttelton & Adelphi

Best Supporting Actress in a PlayCatherine TateSeason’s Greetings at the National, Lyttelton

Best Supporting Actor in a PlayOliver ChrisOne Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Lyttelton & Adelphi

The BABY GRAND Best Actress in a MusicalAmanda HoldenShrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The THEATRE TOKENS Best Actor in a MusicalRichard FleeshmanGhost the Musical at the Piccadilly

Best Supporting Actress in a MusicalHannah WaddinghamThe Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

Best Supporting Actor in a MusicalNigel HarmanShrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The LES MISÈRABLES Best Ensemble PerformanceLondon Road – at the National, Cottesloe

The JO HUTCHISON INTERNATIONAL Best Solo PerformanceKerry EllisAnthems at the Royal Albert Hall

The SEATLIVE Best Takeover in a RoleAlfie BoeLes Misèrables at the Queen’s

The NICK HERN BOOKS Best New Play Three Days in May by Ben Brown – at Trafalgar Studios 1

The EMG Best New Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean – at the National, Lyttelton & Adelphi

The SEE TICKETS Best New Musical Matilda the Musical by Tim Minchin & Dennis Kelly – at the Cambridge

The SAMUEL FRENCH Best Play Revival Driving Miss Daisy – at Wyndham’s

The RADISSON EDWARDIAN Best Musical Revival The Wizard of Oz – at the London Palladium

Best Shakespearean Production – Much Ado About Nothing – at Wyndham’s The OAKLEY CAPITAL Best Director – Danny BoyleFrankenstein at the National, Olivier

Best Set Designer – Rob HowellGhost the Musical at the Piccadilly & Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge