First published Friday 25 July 2014 in Reviews by Geraint Davies

in South Wales Argus

As their contribution to the Welsh Proms the young members of the Unknown Theatre company tackled Stephen Sondheim's enchanting melange of faitytales. It is a musical with an ingenious mix of light and darkness with plenty of challenges for director and cast.Musically it contains some of the composer's finest music with some memorable songs such as 'Children will listen' and 'No one is alone' .

In the case of this production the challenges were increased by the fact that it was performed in the cramped space of level one at St. David's Hall with a stage resembling a large postage stamp and the performers almost in the audience's laps. The low ceilng also provided a challenging acoustic that sometimes made it difficult to achieve good ensemble. Intimacy sometimes bordered on claustrophobia.

It is to the artists' credit that they made light of these circumstances and produced a sparkling show. The comic elements were to the fore with some terrific individual performances - David Gibbons and James Sidwell (who doubled as a particularly creepy wolf) were hilariously over-the-top as the two princes - their duet 'Agony' was a highlight.

Katie Murphy starred as a (very Welsh) Little Red Riding Hood and there were wonderfully assured performances from David Millard and Leanne Talbot as the Baker and his Wife who are cursed by the witch (excellently played by Carly Griffin). Michelle Kay as a strikingly good Cinderella and Craig Legg held the whole thing together admirably as the narrator.

The many musical difficulties involved in the complex score seemed to present few fears for this very talented company.



given by

to whom

for what

    this show wasn't eligible for any external awards

And more...    

  Our publicity blurb said:

Sondheim's take on the establshed fairy tale has become a modern classic.

With interwoven tales including the familiar - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood - and characters of his own creation, Sondheim encourages us to think about what really happens when the story tells us 'they live happily ever after'....

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About the show  
Dates 23rd - 26th July 2014 7.15 start
Venue Lefel 1, St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff
Director James Williams
Choreographer xx
Musical director James Williams
Producer Jane Donoghue, assisted by Annette Littlechild
Special facts

Tickets: were £10 / £8 concessions

Performed as part of the Welsh Proms

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21 February 2016

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Theatre Company

the normal heart
wind in the willows
the cut
fiddler on the roof
made in wales
twelfth night
alice in wonderland
the gutterfly tribe
into the woods
the snow queen
the true, true story of quincy jones
our house
naked dictators
unga bunga
sorry, wrong number
future shock
sweeney todd
spring awakening
a night's tale
the pied piper of hamelin
...and then...
west side story
words, words, words
jimmy chase & the red jacket affair
pop goes the musical
amazing adventures of little red
a midsummer night's (little) dream
life, actually
forever friends
masters of the musical
guys and dolls
surfing, carmarthen bay
ghost city
back to the 80s
christmas cracker - 08
you're a good man, charlie brown
the oedipus plays
facing the truth
return to the forbidden planet
rose! ... and the wicked wolfeee!
gold woman - 07
from wales to the west end
telling tales
slice of saturday night
how to eat like a child
just so
changing lives
dance of the dragon - 05
nell's bells
les musicals 3
little shop of horrors
babes in the wood
eat your heart out!
rameo (edinburgh)
rameo (cardiff)
the wizard of oz
gold woman
quest gate
dance of the dragon (ifmt)
dance of the dragon (edin)
a christmas cracker
dance of the dragon
les musicals 2
old time music hall
dracula spectacular
les musicals
lion, witch, wardrobe
peter pan



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