The Pirate Queen – A Charity Concert was staged for one night charity gala at the London Coliseum on 23 February 2020. Join our email list for the updates. Tickets are subject to limited availability so be sure to book ahead of time or you may just live to regret it! There’s at least blessedly fewer instances of recitative than we’re used to from S&B. The Pirate Queen famously failed to negotiate the treacherous waters of Broadway when it sank to the bottom of Davy Jones’ locker in 2007. Zorro The Musical in Concert – Cadogan Hall, ‘When Les Mis came along it towered over and above anything’: Remembering Herbert Kretzmer OBE, CD Review: Lucie Jones Live At The Adelphi, The Show Must Go On – Hairspray – The Lost Alhambra, A Night at the Musicals – Southwark Playhouse. Also on sparkling form were the dancers, led by Riverdance alumnus Jack Ludwig, Erin Brady, Max Chapman, Erin-Grace Cooke, Josh Harrison-Yellop and Amber Murphy. An epic and timeless story from the creators of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
(when theatres can reopen for indoor performances). You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. Their presence was always welcomed, filling up the Coli stage with their hammering clogs and gravity-defying legs. No surprise, Tucker was perfectly cast as the flame-haired O’Malley, as was Waddingham as Elizabeth. (It was Hadley Fraser’s Broadway debut, interestingly, although I’m sure the two are not connected.)
His 11-piece band – as insisted on by Schönberg for this evening, apparently – included star turns from Anna Cooper on violin, Phillipe Barnes on the uilleann pipes and whistles, Dave Oxley on French horn, Peter Whyman on clarinet and sax and Deian Rowlands on harp. Tickets for this one-off charity concert production of The Pirate Queen are available now with proceeds to be donated to Leukaemia UK. We only request Essential Information from your social network or payment account in order to create your LTD account and allow fast sign-in.
The Pirate Queen London Coliseum tickets now on sale! Based on the real-life story of history's Grace O'Malley - an Irish Chieftain and notorious pirate, 'The Pirate Queen' is an adventure chronicling the compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a rogue, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. Daniel Boys did a fine job of the rather nasty Lord Bingham: the simpering, grovelling governor of Connacht who is determined to destroy the O’Malley matriarch. Based on Lord Grace O’Malley, who serves as a personification of Ireland, The Pirate Queen is an epic story of romance, allegiance, and piracy in the Renaissance era of "The Emerald Isle." This enormous cast and crew did a fantastic job of not-so-great material. The Pirate Queen follows the story of central character Grace O'Malley, who convinces her father to let her sail with him on the maiden voyage of The Pirate Queen. Unless you give us your explicit consent we will not email you any marketing messages. No fault of the performers. – and turns the dial to 11, producing an epic soundscape that swells and roars like the Irish Sea. For me, it’s probably the weakest of the Schönberg & Boublil collaborations, and it was saved by the sheer determination of the talented cast and the generosity of the audience. Charity gala performance of Boublil And Schönberg's 'The Pirate Queen' in a concert production marking its West End debut. The Pirate Queen charity concert features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Dempsey; design by Ben M Rogers; and a book by Boublil, Schönberg, and Maltby, Jr. Musically, it was all in the very safe hands of The Lion King regular Julian Kelly, who worked on The Pirate Queen’s ill-fated Broadway premiere. Based on Lord Grace O’Malley, who serves as a personification of Ireland, The Pirate Queen is an epic story of romance, allegiance, and piracy in the Renaissance era of "The Emerald Isle." Personal details from your social account: No other personal data will be requested.
All rights reserved. This charity gala performance – directed by Drew Baker and produced by Tom Gribby in aid of Leukaemia UK – introduced the London audience to Grace (or Gráinne) O’Malley – a 16th-century Irish matriarch, “mother goddess” and “warrior queen” who, if Rachel Tucker’s performance was anything to go by, was one formidable woman.
An epic production, it needed a house as grand as the Coli, drawing as it did on the forces of, at its peak, a whopping 96 performers. The Pirate Queen has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Dempsey, and a book by Boublil, Schönberg, and Maltby, Jr. … Rounding off the principals were Earl Carpenter as O’Malley clan chief Dubhdara, Steph Parry as Majella, the impressive Emma Norman as Evleen and Shaun Dalton as Chieftain O’Flaherty. Filled with Irish traditions and powerful ballads, The Pirate Queen is not only a timeless tale of history, but also an epic stage romance that you won't want to miss. Tickets will go on sale to ENO Members priority booking: Thursday 7 November at 12noon I Public booking: Friday 8 November at 10am Create account.
In a similar vein, Schönberg piratically plunders Irish folk music tradition – whistles, harps, bodhráns, uilleann pipes (and way too much mark tree!) When the English begin hostilities towards Ireland, Grace has the intelligence and strength to negotiate a truce with the menacing Queen Elizabeth I. | Covering everything from new writing at the grassroots of the industry to the latest red-carpet openings in the West End and on Broadway, the Musical Theatre Review spotlight falls on all aspects of professional musical theatre. London Theatre Direct Limited. Be first to know about discounts and special offers. Forgot password? Despite revisions from an early try-out in Chicago, the show failed to wow audiences and closed after just two and a half months. We use your details to speed up the process.
The Pirate Queen stars Olivier Award-nominated actress Rachel Tucker (Elphaba in Wicked, Broadway & West End; Come From Away) in the titular role as Grace O'Malley. So good we finally got this in London even if only one night. as Majella, and Emma Norman as Evleen. ISSN 2632-4318. The historical swashbuckler written by composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil (with additional lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr and John Dempsey) – and inspired by a real-life female pirate – received its West End debut at the Coliseum. Sadly, when this encounter does happen – reflecting a real-life meeting conducted in Latin at Greenwich Palace in around 1593 – the chat was conducted out of earshot, and their duet (‘She Who Has All’) falls short of what should have been the highlight of the show. Set in 16th Century Ireland, Boublil and Schönberg's musical tells the real life story of fearless mariner Grace O’Malley as she embarks upon a heroic struggle to defend her homeland from English rule. Both were on top-notch form, and the audience was quivering in anticipation of the two characters finally meeting. Outdoor performances (where possible) can also go ahead. Disconnect Published by Musical Theatre Review, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK. West End The Pirate Queen announces Daniel Boys and Earl Carpenter to join cast. It is directed by Drew Baker and produced by Tom Gribby. Tickets for this one-off charity concert production of The Pirate Queen are available now with proceeds to be donated to Leukaemia UK. It’s also too long – or feels too long, as the book is, despite the to-die-for subject matter, amazingly bum-numbingly boring. All rights reserved. There are moments of gorgeousness, for sure, but the fabulous cast deserved better. Until this show gets a serious revision, a semi-staged concert version like this is probably the best way to experience the material. Original performance dates are given below and reflect any changes we know about.
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