Yes, it’s exactly like that! I was fortunate enough this summer to be able to spend some time in London and see this fabulous show. Co-produced by Disney, the show leaves nothing lacking, and I mean nothing, even after 48 hours or so of no sleep, as I arrived in London earlier that day.
It has been a while since the movie was made which the stage production is based off of. The original even won a few Oscars. The production I saw that night of Saturday, August 23, was one of a magical experience and one I will never forget. As the reviews say, it is the “Best!” and they are right!
|Inside the Noel Coward Theatre|
Similar to the movie, the show centers on the two main characters. First is Viola played by Lucy Briggs-Owens and she is fantastic, stunning, and brings so much light to the show. She is like a jewel that just shines for two hours non-stop. Just perfect in my book. Will, Will Shakespeare of course, is portrayed by Tom Bateman. He puts so much heart and feeling into his role as Will, its not to be missed. I do wonder though, if or how long, his thumb will be stained with black ink.
Some of the other actors you might recognize from other productions and shows, probably the most well known is the wonderful David Oakes. Whom I met after the show and is such a saint! He has been in The Borgias, The White Queen, and Pillars of the Earth. His Marlowe is perfect and he shows just the right amount of cunning and conniving which is very Mr. Oakes’s style and so Marlowe.
Being a total costume nut, the costumes did their duty and impressed. They were all just stunning all the way down to the little costume bits that the token puppy wears. It's a coin toss to say which one out of Viola's dresses is my favorite, perhaps her blue dress? So stunning...wait they are all stunning.
So if you are in London, do see the show. You will not be disappointed. Since my visit, two of my good friends have gone. We all loved every minute of it. Maybe I will get lucky in March and it will still be playing? I would love to see it again. Also the cast is all very warm and friendly and wonderful company, so if you have the time, please do go say hello. I learned so much that night; it will be a hard one for a long time to top.