Les Miserables 25th tour at the Barbican

We went to see the 25th anniversary production of Les MisÚrables at the Barbican last night. Within the first minute it became clear that the production is very different from the original. Different as in better or worse? No, we came to the conclusion it was just different. All of which shows the ultimate influence a production team has on the base material of a show.

Sister Act – better than the film?

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We went to see Sister Act at the London Palladium on a trip organised by Sainsbury Singers on 6 October. I had heard that it was quite different to the film and so it proved.

It was hard to fault the show. The first couple of numbers in the nightclub seemed a bit ordinary. But then things took off with the appearance of the nuns and the evening roared through.

Billy Elliot hits the mark

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Theatre adaptions of films don’t always work well but Billy Elliot is a notable exception to that rule.

We saw this show for the first time on Saturday and the matinee performance held our party of eight fully in its grip from beginning to end. Indeed one of our number was in pieces after the finale to Act 1 where Billy dances with great anger in a dream scene against an ensemble of riot shield-wielding policemen; never has the timeout of an interval been so well placed since Les Miserables‘ One Day More.