Memphis – Shaftesbury Theatre (currently booking to October 2015)

Memphis

An energising explosion of song, colour and movement. This show will blast away the cobwebs and leave you desperate to come back for more.

I’d heard great things about this show – one of my friends has been three times already. Yet, when we turned up late, missing the first song after a series of disasters left us trekking across London at the 11th hour in the rain, the situation was definitely counting against me being able to sit back and relax into the theatre zone.

However, Memphis was so absorbing that I forgot all my woes as soon as we managed to nestle into our seats. The view was great (even from the fifth price spot) and the £20 spent via Lastminute.com feels like the best value that I’ve had from a West end performance in years. (See my review of the seats on Seatplan.com).

Beverley Knight is simply fantastic. Boy can that woman sing! She commands the stage, looking cute as a button but belting out the catchy tunes through a demanding set like a true pro. You’ll be transported back to the 1950s and pretty reluctant to crash back to reality at the end (although chances are that you’ll be singing ‘Someday’ for days to come).

This show is already booking right up to the end of October, and I can see it lasting longer if they can keep this up. Pure class.

Shakespeare in Love – Noel Coward Thetare

Shakespeare in Love

This show came highly recommended and was without doubt good fun – a real crowd pleaser which would tickle the funny bones of young or old.

It does a great job of bringing the hugely successful film to the stage- the set is innovative, the cast work brilliantly together and the bawdiness of the film is adapted but doesn’t lose its good humour. It’s slick – directed by Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron) the professionalism is apparent, and the comic timing immaculate.

However, I can’t say that it set my world on fire… I’m incredibly fussy and probably too partial to a musical, and in a way I can’t put my finger on why. It may be that I know and love the film too well, so any repeated line seems like an imitation rather than to have sprung naturally from the story.

It is a great production, highly recommended. Go, take your parents and have a great laugh and a high quality show. Just don’t expect to leave breathless.

Thank you AGAIN to Rebecca from Official Theatre and SeatPlan.com for the ticket. It’s wonderful to be able to review more mainstream shows on here and you make it possible!