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Love Never Dies
I recently went to the Adelphi Theatre to see Love Never Dies with some discounted tickets I picked up. One of the problems that often presents itself in a sequel is the consistency of old, popular characters balanced with the introduction of new. Both are necessary, as the diehard fans of the original will not be content without the figures they recognise, but new characters bring something new and fresh to the fictional world.

In his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most popular musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has combined mixed elements of old and new in order to create Love Never Dies. Ten years after the events of Phantom, star soprano Christine Daae has a ten year old son, Gustave, supposedly with her husband, Raoul. Now a worldwide singing sensation, she is summoned to Coney Island by a mysterious figure who asks her to perform – when his identity is revealed as the Phantom of the opera house in Paris, Christine has to struggle with her inner conflict, tempted by the magnetism of the phantom but knowing the dangers it presents.

The recurring characters are, of course, the main ones. Christine Daae, played by Sierra Boggess in the show currently running at the Adelphi Theatre in London, has developed from the young, delicate flower of Phantom into a powerful woman, yet still she is vulnerable to the Phantom’s dark romanticism. The Phantom himself has stepped out of the darkness into a colourful yet macabre world of the Coney Island amusement park, with airs of a sinister freak show. Ramin Karimloo retains the menace of the original whilst still evoking our sympathy. Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, has become an embittered husband, consumed by self-loathing adequately portrayed by Joseph Millson.

Meg Giry is another recurring character, but she is much changed and further developed. The only daughter of Madame Giry, who in the Phantom of the Opera helped the Phantom and pushed Christine into the limelight, Meg is now the star of the Phantom’s show on Coney Island and resents Christine’s reappearance. She is played by Summer Strallen in the show at the Adelphi, with Liz Robertson taking on the role of her mother.

The greatest addition to Love Never Dies is undoubtedly Gustave, the ten year old son of Christine Daae and supposedly her husband Raoul – yet questions arise over whether the Phantom is, in fact, his biological father. The introduction of the boy gives Love Never Dies an edge of tenderness and vulnerability, as he wanders through the gaudy, adult world of the carnival.

For more information and tickets visit www.reallyuseful.com

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London’s West End offers some of the best, original and most popular musicals in the world. From the longest standing musical of all time (Les Misérables) to a classic film adaptation (Dirty Dancing), from a musical inspired by Queen (We Will Rock You) to a musical inspired by Abba (Mamma Mia), the West End literally has a show on offer to suit every taste and  generation.

With the increasing participation of celebrity personalities in London shows, including Blue’s Duncan James in Legally Blonde and Rowan Atkinson in Oliver!, contemporary Musical performances have a lot more to offer compared to traditional musical theatre. Additionally, thanks to the encouragement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality TV shows to find the leading roles for top West End shows, including Joseph, the Sound Of Music and his current search for Dorothy and Toto, Wizard of Oz tickets and tickets for other musicals in London’s West End have become increasingly popular.

A trip to the West End can be a night of glamour and romance; one thing a theatre trip isn’t (and is commonly mistaken for!) is expensive. A ticket to London’s top West End shows can range from under £20 to a much more pricey £80. However, with a bit of organisation and compromise you can save money on the show you want to see and get more than the ticket you paid for. Listed below are 3 tips to avoid paying the top end prices.

1. On-line retailers such as lastminute.com and uktickets.co.uk are a great resource for cheap London theatre tickets. Going with one of the leading online travel and leisure retailers, it’s a good start to finding cheap tickets to the theatre in the West End. Look out for tickets that include a pre-theatre supper at participating restaurants!

2. Are you under 26? The Arts Council England are offering young people FREE (yes free!) tickets to theatres all over London. Launched in 2009, A Night Less Ordinary is a scheme that offers thousands of free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 for all sorts of theatre events including comedy, tragedies, musical theatre, dance, modern mime, plays, circus and much more. Check out http://www.anightlessordinary.org.uk to check what is on at your local participating theatre.

3. Theatre ticket booths are located on every corner in London’s Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Very often, the best seats in the theatre are reserved for these ticket booths – if seats are still available on the day (very often the case) the tickets are sold at a substantially discounted rate! If you are happy to risk not seeing your first choice of show, then ‘just turning up’ on the day can be the cheapest way if you want a (near) front row seat.

I hope these help, if you have any other ideas on how to get cheap theatre tickets in London then share the wealth 🙂

The Jameson Cult Film Club offers a series of cult film events hosted by Jameson in fantastic locations chosen for the relevance to the film being screened. Not only are the screenings free but you also get a free complimentary Jameson cocktail

As the cult film screenings are staged in locations to fit the look and atmosphere of the film being shown as well as some theatrics and staging you are sure to be emerged into the films world and feel the thrills and chills. Being projected into the film always enhances your experience and will give you a great lasting memory.

The Jameson Cult Film Club website highlights film culture and allows you to get involved in its debates, it’s also where you need to go to get hold of some of these awesome free film tickets so what are you waiting for: Free Cult Fim Club tickets

Here’s the timetable for the next screenings with most of the films being screened at the Union Chapel in Islington

Film Screening Date Venue
Fight Club 6/10/09 Village Underground Shoreditch
An American Werewolf in London 28/10/09 Union Chapel Islington
Dracula(1958) 29/10/09 Union Chapel Islington
The Shining 30/10/09 Union Chapel Islington
Halloween(1978) 31/10/09 Union Chapel Islington
This Is Spinal Tap 03/12/09 Clapham Grand
Readers’ Choice 17/03/10 To Follow

 

For more details please visit: www.jamesoncultfilmclub.com

The Scoop is hosting free mini music festivals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July.

The Scoop is the sunken amphitheatre on the south side of the Thames Path next to City Hall and near to Tower Bridge. The free music festivals are a great fun way to pass some time whilst on the London South Bank while enjoying the great weather we are having at the moment!

The programme for the mini music festivals covers jazz, pop, funk, folk and up-and-coming bands

visit www.morelondon.com/thescoop for the full programme of events.

The Arts Council has a new initiative in association with Metro called A Night Less Ordinary. Launched in February 2009 the scheme is giving away 1000’s of free theatre tickets for anyone under 26.

200 venues throughout the UK are participating and the events include, comedy, musical theatre, dance, plays, circus and mime as well as many many more. All you have to do is visit the site and just type in your area or postcode to search for participating theatres near you.

So to get your free theatre tickets visit www.anightlessordinary.org.uk


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