Day 4: The Marvelous Wonderettes

Roger Bean’s musical The Marvelous Wonderettes has had a long life in America; commissioned in 1998, its first run came a year later at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, where it then returned in 2001 in a longer form. Since then it has been produced in Los Angeles (2006) and Off Broadway (2008 and 2016), but it’s taken […]

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After The Ball

Upstairs at the Gatehouse plays host to Time Productions, as they bring their latest play After The Ball to the stage for a limited run. The play moves backwards and forwards between 1914 and either 1971 or 1973 (the programme disagrees from the author’s notes to the production information page), following a family through world wars, political […]

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Favourite shows of 2017

Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year, it’s almost a question of picking some of the shows out of a hat to be able to split […]

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Paper Hearts

Currently playing in Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Paper Hearts is the brainchild of Liam O’Rafferty and is a brand new British musical that celebrates writing and books. It premièred at Waterloo East Theatre, followed by a run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe with a string of rave reviews, and will soon embark on a tour to Hamburg. […]

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Jersey Boys may have walked like a man from the West End, but luckily London has a natural successor in Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Featuring a choice pick of Neil Sedaka’s back catalogue, it transports Upstairs at the Gatehouse to Catskills in New York for a whirlwind romantic comedy musical that will make […]

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Remedial Remedies

After featuring in Falling Pennies’ first ‘On The Night‘ event in April, James Hartnell’s Remedial Remedies now has a short run Upstairs at the Gatehouse as a full-length production. Four schoolboys are on the verge of re-taking their English Literature exam, somewhat begrudgingly for all bar one, but as it starts to dawn on them […]

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