Saturday, 15 June 2013

A wonderful week at the theatre

On Monday evening I went to the opening night and party for the cast change in Mamma Mia in London. My friend Richard Trinder is playing Sam, one of the male lead roles (the Pierce Brosnan role in the film if you have seen that). Mamma Mia is a feel-good show with plenty of humour, dancing and Abba songs. Richard and the rest of the cast are excellent. I smiled all the way through it and will be going back in a couple of weeks with my parents and my daughter. [Photo of Richard, right, by Alex Brenner from my play The Memory Man.]

On Tuesday I went to press night and party for The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at The National Theatre. My friend Sharon D. Clarke is in it with Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Lucian Msamati. The performances are excellent. You can watch a video with Sharon and the other cast members and the director, Rufus Norris, talking about the play here. Sharon and Marianne will be talking about the play and their careers at 3pm on 26th July. Tickets here. [Photo of Sharon as Odessa, right, by Richard Hubert Smith.]

On Wednesday I went to see Murder Marple and Me, a one-woman show written by Philip Meeks, directed by Stella Duffy and starring Janet Price. I know Stella but I had been looking forward to seeing this since it first began touring because I love Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Margaret Rutherford. Janet Price plays all three women convincingly without so much as a costume change, and even makes the characters interact with each other. Charming and very clever! It's on at The Ambassadors in London on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June and then touring.

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