Visit London Blog » new wimbledon theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 David Hasselhoff in Peter Pan at the New Wimbledon Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/david-hasselhoff-in-peter-pan-at-the-new-wimbledon-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/david-hasselhoff-in-peter-pan-at-the-new-wimbledon-theatre/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:52:50 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=18242

The London panto season is in full swing and in a casting of twisted genius, David Hasselhoff and Louie Spence are starring together in Peter Pan at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Last night I went along to see the show – the inexplicable lure of the Hoff is too strong to resist – and it’s a brilliant night out.

When I saw the Hoff playing Billy Flynn in Chicago the Musical in London in 2004, one fan was so excited he was sick and was hanging on to the balcony refusing to leave the auditorium till the Hoff left the stage. This passionate obsession the world seems to have for David Hasselhoff makes him perfect for panto. The audience loved every minute of his confident, dastardly Captain Hook and loved shouting, booing and cheering him.

Louie Spence won over everyone with his charm and hilarious dancing, much of which was aimed at the Hoff, which made it even funnier. (Starting to wonder if I’m just blogging a weird dream…)

The other outstanding performance was from the Panettes, a super singing Supremes trio who serenade Peter Pan.

David Hasselhoff isn’t appearing in every performance. Just when this whole thing couldn’t get any stranger, the role of Captain Hook will also be played by Jeremy Jackson (the actor who played Hoff’s son Hobie in Baywatch) and Jerry Springer.

I’m not going to claim this production of Peter Pan is the best thing I’ve ever seen on the London stage because I’ll never live it down, but it is. Really. My face hurts from laughing. Book your tickets now!

Peter Pan at the New Wimbledon Theatre. 10 December – 16 January. Tickets from £18.50. www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre

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Monty Python’s Spamalot in London at The New Wimbledon Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/06/monty-pythons-spamalot-in-londonat-the-new-wimbledon-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/06/monty-pythons-spamalot-in-londonat-the-new-wimbledon-theatre/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 10:30:41 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=9776 Monty Python’s Spamalot is back in London at the New Wimbledon Theatre!

The award-winning silly musical, adapted by Eric Idle from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has all your favourite Python jokes, performed just for you by a shiny new cast.

Musicals favourite Jodie Prenger was bawdy and charming as the Lady of the Lake, creating a stronger, more well-rounded character than previous Ladies. I thought Jodie was great as Nancy in Oliver!, but she’s even better in Spamalot and clearly having lots of fun!

Grange Hill heartthrob and Eastenders star Todd Carty was unexpected casting as Patsy, King Arthur’s downtrodden assistant but he was very funny and perfect for the role.

Marcus Brigstocke should have been perfectly cast as King Arthur, bringing his usual mix of ranting wit and genial bewilderment to the character, but he only really relaxed into it in the closing number.

Spamalot is perfect comfort theatre, escape from the world and laugh yourself silly for a couple of hours. The show has all the ingredients of a great musical – big showy numbers, sequins, buffoonery and fish-slapping. Like the TV show, you can watch the musical again and again and it’s still genius.

Everyone left the New Wimbledon Theatre cheerfully whistling Always Look on The Bright Side of Life.

The show has a short run at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Book your tickets to Monty Python’s Spamalot now, or we’ll use the comfy chairs on you!

Monty Python’s Spamalot, 2-5 June £37.50 – £40-50, www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre

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Thursday Theatre News: Hair, Petticoats and Star-Studded Lamps http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/thursday-theatre-news-hair-petticoats-and-star-studded-lamps/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/thursday-theatre-news-hair-petticoats-and-star-studded-lamps/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:00:19 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=4088 Dreamboats and Petticoats returns to the West End in JanuaryThis week’s news is dominated by the news about Hair coming back to London’s West End!

We’re too young to know anything about the original(!) but we’ve heard our parents talking about it, recognise the songs (Aquarius and Let The Sunshine In) and it all the stories about it from the 60s sound incredible. (Plus, anything starring Elaine Paige, Richard O’Brien, Tim Curry and Paul Nicholas must’ve been amazing!)

It’s also exciting to have the first entire Tony-award-winning Broadway cast opening a musical in London. We’ve got to wait til April, but it’s down in our diaries to get tickets!

In other theatre news, Dreamboats and Petticoats, the musical inspired by an album of 50s songs, is due to reopen in January. From a successful touring show, this musical was so popular at the Savoy this summer, it extended its run by seven weeks!

And now it’s coming back: book your tickets to see it at the Playhouse from 6 January. Anyone out there seen it and want to tell us about it? We’re yet to catch this one.

If you’re looking for a shorter-term theatre fix, Panto season is very nearly upon us! We’ve had news from the Lyric that the rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk are well under way. Backstage, the Dame’s seven (count them!) dresses are almost finished, and the 4-metre-tall Giant is getting close to being brought to life…

Over at the New Wimbledon Theatre, we’ve heard news their panto has added another jewel to its star-studded Aladdin’s lamp. Anita Dobson (fresh from baring all in Calendar Girls, but best-known to the world as Angie Watts from EastEnders in the 80s) is the final star to share the role of the Genie of the Lamp alongside Ruby Wax, Pamela Anderson and Paul O’Grady.

Do you have plans to see any of London’s fantastic Pantos? Let us know which baddie you’ll be booing and hissing at over the Christmas season…

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