Scrooge the Musical – The Curve

I have always wanted to see Scrooge live at the theatre because it is one of my favourite films and such a fantastic story. When I saw The Curve were having this production as their Christmas musical I instantly booked.

Scrooge is definitely a family treat for all. It was great to be at a musical with such a vast range of ages watching. Most know that Scrooge is about an old stubborn man who absolutely despises Christmas and everyone in the community that wishes to celebrate it. Until one night, Scrooge is visited by his former partner Jacob Marley (played by Karen Mann – fantastic actress) who informs him that he’ll receive three further visits from ghosts.

As soon as the curtain lifted I felt like I had been taken back to the Charles Dickens era and I was bobbing from left to right to the music. I must say the costumes were brilliant, it felt like I was watching the film.

As you’re first introduced to all of the characters you are not quite sure where to look because the stage is so full. I was looking everywhere, I wanted to take it all in and I was facinated by the designs. Trying to take in all of the different people, the costumes and the best scenery I have ever come across within a theatre production. The colours were bright, the detail on the props were outstanding and I was so happy to be there.

Vocally the performance was perfect. For me, I thought Jasper Britton (Ebenezer Scrooge) portrayed his character exceptionally well. Jasper didn’t make me compare his version of Scrooge to any of the previous films which I think is an added bonus. It was also nice to see Eastenders’ Danny-Boy Hatchard back in action and playing such a fun character. His vocals were also top-notch along with that very good cockney accent!

There were a number of hiccups during the show but the cast dealt with it so well. At first I thought the show was going to be cancelled due to a technical issue which was shortly resolved. However, the actors didn’t let what was happening distract them, they continued with their lines and even made jokes when things went wrong – it had a great reaction from the audience! By the way, Jasper Britton and Anton Stephans are a brilliant comedy act – they are perfect on stage together and bring so much presence.

This musical is one everyone will love. I will just say that the bit with the chains and the dead people did terrify me a little bit but it was worth it! Everything just flowed, I loved the choreography by Stephen Mear it was fun and exciting. The orchestra, the designs and much more. There are too many people to mention about their involvement but I would like to say you all made the show so thank you.

Everyone on that stage deserves a huge round of applause!

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My Fair Lady Musical

This musical has always been on my ‘to see’ list as well as my dad’s. We love the film, we have the songs on in the evening sometimes and end up thinking we’re cockney’s! Once I saw this was on in Nottingham I booked it straight away.

I have never been to the Nottingham Theatre Royal before so I was quite excited to explore a new venue. Once we were seated we were instantly taken aback by the greens and golds and the architecture was breathtaking. The atmosphere was great and the production hadn’t even started yet. By this point I was ready for it to start.

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The beginning was a slow start for me. I think it’s important to set the scene but I felt it went on a little too long and I wasn’t sure when it was going to begin. Whilst everyone was on stage I couldn’t help but notice the costume detail. I was really impressed with how accurate the period clothing was – some of it even looked handmade. Now I’m not saying productions don’t get it right but it seemed like the whole musical had a huge budget (like films) and they spent it well.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Nottingham Operatic Society but I was blown away. Vocals, the orchestra, the set and the cast were incredible. It is the smallest production company performance I have ever seen but it is by far one of the best I have seen. I was sat there wishing I was allowed to go on stage and perform with them, it looked like a lot of fun.

Mr Higgins for me stood out the most. The character was portrayed so well and he was very believable – what a fantastic actor and singer. You could really relate back to the original actor Rex Harrison and envision him on stage from this actors performance. To be honest it’s hard to single out the cast members because every single person put their all into their performance.

The southern accents were great. I couldn’t stop giggling at Eliza Doolittle’s little noises and her wining, it was brilliant. At certain points you sympathise with Eliza and other times you’re laughing at how she pronounces ‘how do you dooo’.

If this production comes to Nottingham again please go and see it because you will not be disappointed.