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Director: Jo Davies; Written by: Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack; Music and lyrics: Cole Porter
This exuberant show-within-a-show mixes Shakespeare'sThe Taming of the Shrew with some sparring actors, gun-toting gangsters, and Cole Porter classics like Too Darn Hot and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
It's revolves around a production of Shakespeare's play, and follows the backstage love affair the actor/manager Fred and his leading lady Lilli Vanessi (who also happens to be his ex-wife). Thinks start to get complicated when Fred's current love comes along with her gambler boyfriend Bill... plus a couple of gangsters who somehow manage to get caught up in the show.
The show is an irresistible celebration of the joy (and madness) of working in theatre, and Cole Porter's jazzy score features one show-stopping hit after another.
patrick – “I have seen some great ballets here (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake) and the ENO is always fantatsic, but I have learnt through experience not to sit at the top because the seats are totally uncomfortable. I would have expected them to fix this by now. But the rest of the theatre is wonderful. It's exactly what you want when going out to see an opera or a ballet. If the theatre doesnt look the part then it doesnt matter how good the performance is, but the Coliseum has always impressed. It's just a shame they cant do something about the seats”
pamHMRC – “Between the Royal Opera House and the London Coliseum, I choose the London Coliseum every time. Why? I hate to admit it, but its because of the kind of people that attend. Being more famous, the Royal Opera House tends to attract the kind of people that eat popcorn and slurp cokes and talk during key scenes. The rules for audience behaviour at the Royal Opera House seems to be "anything goes". But when I go to the Coliseum I am surrounded by people who genuinely love opera and ballet, and want to enjoy and listen to the performance. And because the audience are more appreciative and dedicated, you can enjoy the performance more yourself because there is no extraneous noise and movements going on around you to detract from it. And whilst I love the Royal Opera House as a venue, I also feel that the London Coliseum has a little more atmosphere, and is a more beautiful building inside. Take a trip to the bar and have a glass of wine at the interval -- go on! I love the view of”
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