When it comes to the big stars of the West End, many will think of names like Sheridan Smith or Kerry Ellis, who have appeared in numerous musicals in recent years. But one of the biggest names of all is Michael Crawford, whose career in the capital has spanned many decades as generations of theatregoers get to experience his work.
This continues in 2016 as the multi award-winning star returns to the West End for The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre, a brand new musical to the capital that is based on the novel by L. P. Hartley.
The story, penned in 1953, centres on the character of Leo Colston and the times he spent in Norfolk at the turn of the 20th century. Leo is in his 60s now and he has blocked out these memories, but as he looks through his old belongings and happens upon his old diary these events flood back to him and we witness as he recollects events long ago. The title comes from his time as a go-between between Marian and Ted, the former a member of the upper classes and the latter a tenant farmer, as he passes notes that cause him to be involved in a scandalous affair.
This isn’t the first time the events of L. P. Hartley’s novel have been adapted into another form, with Harold Pinter penning a film version that emerged in the 1970s and a television version being broadcast last year. This musical version features music from Richard Taylor and a book by David Wood, who first presented the production back in 2011. Now it finds a new audience in the West End, where it will undoubtedly create buzz around the capital.
With Michael Crawford in a lead role this is a certainty. The acclaimed performer has enjoyed a long career in the spotlight and has earned two Laurence Olivier Awards during this time; the first in 1981 for Barnum and the other in 1986 for The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He also appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s the Woman In White.
So by heading to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from 2016 audiences can see another well known star of the stage as Michael Crawford appears in The Go-Between. It should not be missed!
|Booking From:||Friday, 14th October 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th October 2016|
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