I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Saturday, 11 May 2013

London Wall

Maia Alexander at Pat Milligan and Alex Robertson as Mr Brewer


A triumph for Two's Company!

I went to the press night of London Wall last night, a transfer from the Finborough to the spanking new  St James Theatre, in Victoria.  Oh and this production really deserved the move to a bigger theatre, both for more people to see this rediscovered play by John van Druten and also to see this flawless production full of wonderful performances.  It is only on until 1st June so do go and see it. 

London Wall is directed with perfection by Tricia Thorns.  The cast includes: Maia Alexander as Pat Milligan; Mia Austen as Miss Bufton; Emily Bowker as Miss Hooper; Marty Cruickshank as Miss Willesden; Alix Dunmore as Miss Janus; Timothy O’Hara as Hec Hammond; Alex Robertson as Mr. Brewer; Craig Vye as Birkinshaw and David Whitworth as Mr. Walker.

You will be amazed to see how very contemporary a 1930's play can be and the tone of the production brings the story even closer to us.

"LONDON WALL first appeared in the West End in 1931 and offered contemporary audiences a rare look at the life of women office workers in the City. An 80 year old play arrives on stage at a time when the continuing inability of men to see women as professional equals and colleagues is exceedingly topical."

I had a particular interest in going to see this play - John van Druten was a contemporary of Dodie Smith's.  While Dodie and her husband Alec Beasley were living in Hollywood, and she was writing I Capture the Castle, John and his great friend Christopher Isherwood were constant visitors to Dodie's home.  I think it was also Dodie's idea that John should adapt Christopher's book, Goodbye to Berlin into a stage play - which was later called I am a Camera and then adapted by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb into the musical Cabaret!!

You can book tickets on the St James Theatre website HERE

Our new St James Theatre is a really fantastic space and I look forward to seeing more shows there in the future!  It seats about 312 and has a thrust stage, with a steeply raked auditorium making this a really wonderful space for intimate theatre.  There is also a studio theatre seating 100 and a fab bar!

A wonderful four star review of London Wall in the Telegraph by Charles Spencer 

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