To chop Mozart’s The Magic Flute down into two hours, with an interval; to translate it entirely into English; to set it in a modern-day nightclub style setting, are all brave moves by OperaUpClose. Glyn Maxwell’s revised libretto, Valentina Ceschi’s direction and Alex Beetschen’s orchestration down to four instrumentalists are not perfect – understandable given the mammoth undertaking. But they are bloody close and that in itself is a huge achievement.
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Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse, when it received six Off West End Award nominations including Best Musical, acclaimed rock musical The Toxic Avenger The Musical is to transfer to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited ten-week season from Thursday 28 September.
Originally published on Exeunt
The St. James Studio is better known for one-night only performances, playing host to jazz evenings, Broadway/West End stars and cabaret acts presenting new material or paying homage to the greats of yesteryear. In the dimly lit basement one can imagine sitting around a table for two, sipping martinis in a pinstripe suit and puffing on a cigarillo. The space lends itself aptly to the slightly seedy undertones of The Stripper, a little-heard of musical with lyrics created by Richard O’Brien in between his Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Crystal Maze days. With Benji Sperring’s staging, gone are the candlelit tables in favour of rows of chairs to maximise audience uptake for a production that promises audience interaction, but delivers a certain amount of irritation instead. To a viewing public largely comprised of Richard O’Brien fans decked out in themed attire, the cast of five deliver a tongue in cheek pastiche of this whodunnit murder mystery with a raunchy twist.