On the showbiz beat: Not your normal Wednesday at the Boozer

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A far cry form DI Alec Hardy, David Tennant is entrancing as devilish dandy, Don Juan at the Wynhams Theatre. Photo by Helen Maybanks

This week has been filled with sex, sex and more sex. Well, I don’t mean me- I like to share my life with my readers, but even I realise that would be a step too far -no, I mean the shows I’ve seen this week have all been of the more debauched variety.

My first trip was down to the lovely Southwark Playhouse, just a few minutes from Waterloo. A musical called The Life is currently being performed there and it’s a real must for musical theatre fans.

Yes, it is about prostitution, but nevertheless, it boasts a great story, fabulous music by Cy Coleman-who famously composed the music for Sweet Charity-and a fantastic cast including Sharon D. Clarke. Many will know Clarke from her recurring role in BBC1’s Holby City, but I know her best as being the original Killer Queen in the musical We Will Rock You and her voice is one of the richest and most dulcet I have ever heard.

I then popped down to a little pub theatre to see a show called Escape the Scaffold. I should know by now really, that if something has dystopia anyway near the plot description, I’m not going to understand it. I’m always left feeling a bit stupid if I’ve gone to a show and I don’t know what’s going on and I can see how, if it were your first experience of theatre, it might put you off. Oh, and the show also had some full frontal nudity-not something I was fully prepared for above a pub on a Wednesday afternoon!

Luckily the next show on my agenda was easy to follow and extremely good. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to see Broadchurch star David Tennant in Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre and he was utterly entrancing as the devilish dandy.

The role is a far cry from that of DI Alec Hardy, the Dorset crime-solving saint and instead shows Tennant’s enviable range as an actor, with his immense comedy talent fully on display.

I finished the week with a trip down to Exeter’s Northcott Theatre to review Dracula: The Bloody Truth, another comedy with a demonic anti-hero as its central character. The show is brand new and although there are a few things that could do with a bit more development, it promises to be a future hit.

Next week I’m interviewing the legendary Millicent Martin, who is filming with Joan Collins, Michael Ball, John Barrowman and Liz Hurley in the Sidmouth Area for a new film called Melody The Musical.

I’ve also had to choose between two shows I would like to see with Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo and 42nd Street both on the same night.

As much as I would love to see Damian Lewis, I’m afraid he’s not as attractive to me as a stage filled with tap dancers and jazz hands, so I’m off to see Sheena Easton make her West End debut in 42nd Street at my favourite London venue, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. I will try to catch up on the Edward Albee play at another point if I can fit it in.

I’m also off to see a play at the National Theatre called Consent, which stars Ben Chaplin, who recently titivated television audiences with his performance alongside Emily Watson.

You can read all of my reviews and interviews on our websites londonnewsonline.co.uk and viewnews.co.uk or you can follow me on Twitter for regular updates @NickySweetland

Nicky is a former Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor, who started to write about theatre in 2014. Nicky now covers entertainment in both the south west and London, as-well-as working on the popular Lyme Regis Experience magazine.

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