Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 19th August 2014|
|Booking Until:||Thursday, 21st August 2014|
My wife and I were lucky enough to see this production in London this summer. From the first bar to the last we were utterly transfixed. The performances throughout the lead roles; the chorus and the orchestra were utterly superb. It was a moving, magical night which we will never forget.
From the moment Bess comes on stage in her underwear I was transfixed. Gershwin is a genius and this production does him proud. The singing is of the highest standard (I've seen plenty of Met and Covent Garden productions) but how did they manage that faultless amplification? Five stars to the technical team. the acting was great too; emotional but not a hint of sentimentality. Crown thoroughly scared me. The pit (or should that be bush?) orchestra fused the classical and jazz components with ease. Personally I'd like to see the band but I understand it might not be possible. Wonderful.
This is an imaginative production, the performances are outstanding, the musical direction faultless. P&B is story that transcends time, the themes and values are universal, the story of the weak becoming strong and the damaged well at times staying damaged. It is not a redemptive story in any sense and considering Americans don't like ambiguous endings it is a testament of the quality of the libretto together with wonderful negro spiritually inspired score makes this one not to miss this summer.
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