Happy Monday, hope you’re all having a lovely Bank Holiday Monday!.
Last Monday I was in London and was wandering around with my friend thinking ‘ what shall we do tonight’ and my friend suggested seeing a musical. I love musicals and I’ve never actually been to a show down in London so I thought it was a fabulous idea!.
We both decided to see Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 musical as we’d heard great things about it and the fact that we both like her music. I was very excited when I realised that the theatre that it was on at was none other than the Savoy Theatre! I’ve seen the Savoy hotel/theatre on tv but never actually seen it in person. It’s very grand.
About the Savoy Theatre
The Savoy Theatre is situated in covent garden and it opened it’s doors on 10th October 1881 built by Richard D’Oyly Carte designed by C I Phipps. It was the first building in the world that was lit entirely by electricity.
On 3rd June, 1929, the Victorian auditorium was invaded by workmen and demolished and, 135 days later “a gleaming palace had sprung up”, a magic miracle of modernism built by Rupert D’Oyly Carte with Frank Tugwell as the architect and decorative designs by Basil Ionides. The Theatre re opened on 21st October 1929 with a revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, designed by Charles Ricketts and conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent.
In 1982, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off premièred at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, directed by Michael Blakemore and starring Patricia Routledge, Paul Eddington, and Nicky Henson. It opened to universally ecstatic reviews and shortly after transferred to the Savoy Theatre, where it ran until 1987 with five successive casts. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.
Loved, and eventually listed, the Savoy Theatre’s auditorium, ravaged with fire in the early hours of 12th February 1990, has now been triumphantly and dazzlingly recreated under the guidance of the theatre’s late chairman, Sir Hugh Wontner, and the distinguished architect, Sir William Whitfield. The auditorium and public areas have been faithfully restored to the 1929 vision of Tugwell and Ionides.
The theatre re-opened on 19th July 1993 in the presence of HRH The Princess of Wales with a Royal Gala performed by English National Ballet. As a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan, the overture to Patience was played and the season’s programme included Wayne Sleep’s specially commissioned ballet Savoy Suite with music by Sullivan arranged by Carl Davis.
Information taken from the official website: http://www.thesavoytheatre.com
Based on the 9 to 5 film from the 70’s in which Dolly herself starred in along side 2 other females. It was written by Patrica Resnick. This musical/film is all about sexism in the workplace and how woman aren’t equal to men (we are more so now but in the 1970’s we weren’t). The job role of this film/musical is secretaries in an office lead by a male boss who is just an awful piece of work and all his female staff dislike him due to his behaviour.
The west end production cast member’s include: Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies (from love island), Bonnie Langford, Natalie Mcqueen and Brian Conley.
What a fantastic show! I loved the whole storyline , stage set up, the whitty humour and songs. All of the cast members were fabulous such a feel good show for all age groups. I loved the whole evening . The door staff were lovely they staff inside the theatre was lovely and the whole atmosphere itself was great. So pleased I seen this musical and would highly recommend seeing it if you’re in London. That being said it is doing a tour of the UK at the end of this year so be sure to see it in a town near you, it really is not a show to be missed. I had 9 to 5 stuck in my head for the rest of evening though so be prepared for that it you do end up seeing it!.
What was the last musical you seen? I would love to know in the comments!
Thank you for reading xxx