Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Brexit - Why Is No One Talking About THIS?

I have been following the EU Brexit debate on both social media and the TV for what now seems like months (but is in fact probably just weeks) and have seen both sides ripping lumps out of each other and quite frankly chucking ridiculous predictions and so called 'facts' about that are at the very best total speculation and at the worst just complete crap (let's hope so anyway as the 'Remain' lot have just predicted World War III and global Armageddon!!)

Unless I've missed something though they haven't really addressed or discussed in any proper detail what I believe to be the single most important issue in the entire debate for the average working man and woman in the UK.

I am talking about the fact the the vast majority of the U.K population do not speak a foreign language! We speak English and only English, it's the way it is, the way it always has been and very probably the way it will always be.  

English is also recognised as the global language of business and also the international language of science. It is a language that is widely spoken all over the planet with children in schools the world over being taught it from a very early age.  This is where we have a HUGE issue as it completely destroys the alleged 'fact' that we in the UK have total freedom of movement within the EU.  

I sell theatre tickets and sightseeing tours for a living in London dealing with the general public face to face.  I have been doing this job for 30 years and during that time I have seen many changes and upheavals however should the worst happen and I was to lose my job due to redundancy or an economic downturn I cannot simply up sticks and relocate to Paris, Berlin, Prague or Stockholm as no one in their right mind in those cities would give me a job because I can't speak the language.  This is common sense!  

If if I was doing my job in New York however, I could easily relocate to Boston, Texas, Alabama, California or pretty much anywhere in the USA as the Americans have a common language so their federal system actually works!

In my opinion just this one simple fact means that the EU can never properly work for us as we will never ever get the full benefit out of it.  I spoke at length with a Frenchman a few weeks ago and he told me that in France they get very few EU immigrants and that seems to be pretty much true for Germany too yet here in Britain we get net migration from the EU in the hundreds of thousands every year.  This is because ALL of the citizens of the EU learn English at school as a second language but all other European languages would be taught at best as secondary or optional courses as they are here in the UK.

This means that if we remain in the EU it is pretty much 100% guaranteed that we will get a consistently disproportionate amount of immigrants arriving here from EU countries looking for work compared to everyone else which is simply not fair as not only it is a huge drain on our resources such as the NHS and our welfare bill but also the vast majority of the people coming will not be from the top end of the scale which will keep wages low for the working man and woman as demand will always exceed supply.

This will then continue to dilute our culture even further and lead to resentment which usually eventually leads to conflict.

Why are the politicians not addressing this issue in the debate?  Have I told any lies here? How can this possibly ever work in the long run?

I would really like to hear other opinions on this so please share this and get it out there and let's see whether someone can explain to me how at 49 years old I'm going to be able to get a job in my sector at the same level in Lithuania!

Confused From Wapping!!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Lion King Extends Until January 2016 At The Lyceum

Producers of Disney's  The Lion King have announced the extension of its booking period until January 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre, with new ticket stock now on sale.

The West End production of the hit musical has so far been seen by an incredible 12 million theatregoers and celebrated its 15th anniversary at the West End venue in October last year while global income from the show has been said to exceed that of any film or entertainment title in box office history.  The Lion King is currently the sixth longest running musical in the history of West End theatre, and recently embarked on a successful tour of the UK which has been seen so far by over 1.8 million people. The show has also to date been showcased in 19 different countries throughout six continents.

The show is based on the animated Walt Disney movie of the same name following the fortunes of Simba the young lion prince whose birth results in his uncle Scar being pushed back to second in line to the throne. The evil Scar both plots and takes action to dispose of young Simba and his father Mufasa, to make himself king.  Although Simba survives he is led to believe that his father died because of him and he decides to flee the kingdom.  After almost dying from exhaustion himself Simba is found and rescued by the unlikely pairing of Timon - a Meercat and Pumbaa - a Wharthog who nurse him back to health and the three of them go off to live a carefree existence in the jungle under the banner of 'Hakuna Matata' (meaning no worries in Swahili) until Simba grows up.  However, after seeing a vision of his father who tells him he must go back to the Pride Lands and reclaim his kingdom, Simba realises that he can no longer run from his past and joined with Timon and Pumbaa decides to go home to fight for his birth right.

The Lion King has a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, and songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, along with some additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The show is directed by Julie Taymor, designed by Richard Hudson, with lighting by Donald Holder and choreography by Garth Fagan.

To book tickets to The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London CLICK HERE
 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Gypsy The Musical Extends Booking Period

Jonathan Kent's hugely acclaimed new production of the Broadway classic musical Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton is extending its booking period following a successful opening night and will now play at the Savoy Theatre in the West End Venue until at least November 28th

Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary American burlesque entertainer, Gypsy first opened on Broadway in 1959 with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents  and tells the story of Momma Rose and her two daughters, Baby June and Louise, who trek all across the USA with their family vaudeville act.  As times change and audiences become more demanding, the two girls begin to formulate their own ambitions as the rise of burlesque is thrust upon them, and it seems that things will never be the same again for Momma Rose.

Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest ever American musical and the original U.S production received eight Tony Award nominations including 'Best Musical' before closing in 1961 after 702 performances and going on a tour across the USA and subsequently crossing over the pond and opening in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1973 where it played 300 performances.  The show has since had several revivals throughout the American continent but this is the first time it has been seen in the West End since closing in 1974.

The current production premiered to huge critical acclaim at the Chichester Festival prior to it's transfer to the Savoy Theatre and was originally set for a limited run up until July 18th before this current booking extension due to popular demand.

To book tickets to Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre in London please CLICK HERE

Friday, 10 April 2015

The Play That Goes Wrong Extends Booking Period

/servlet/file/store5/item274656/version1/fileservice770/274656_770_preview.jpg The Play That Goes Wrong  has announced that they are now extending the booking period until at least February 14th 2016 ensuring that the anarchy and chaos that has so far delighted West End audiences at the Duchess Theatre will go on!
 
The remarkable success story continues for the aptly titled West End production which was first performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington back in 2013, and according to producer Kenny Wax ended up showcasing in the West End by mistake after a booking mix up!  Speaking about the show's success story Wax said “It is remarkable that a booking taken accidentally by an intern ‘from The Duchess’ for what she thought was a one-off charity performance for the Duchess of Grantham, has turned into a long running smash hit at the DUCHESS THEATRE in the heart of London's glittering West End. I have invited the intern to the Olivier Awards. It was the least I could do.”

The transfer into the West End was finally made in March this year after a short 4 week run at Trafalgar Studio 2 in Whitehall and audiences and critics alike have raved about the show to the extent that the booking period has now extended.

The plot centres around the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they endeavour to stage a 1920's style murder mystery that result of which being as the title suggests that everything that can possibly go wrong with the ill fated production............does!

The play's marketing department have also got in on the act by amongst other things telling people not to come and printing adverts upside down.  They also claim to have put tickets on sale for the production up until 2026 apparently 'for those who want to book ahead!'

To book The Play That Goes Wrong tickets including online special offers CLICK HERE


 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Flash Sale For Let It Be - Book By Monday!

Let It Be is back in the West End at the Garrick Theatre and is jam-packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits.
 
Come and relive The Fab Four's meteoric rise to superstardom from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of the phenomenon that became known as 'Beatlemania', to their eventual Apple studio masterpieces, and see live performances of early hits such as Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
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To take advantage of this amazing Flash Sale please CLICK HERE

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lion King To Stage Autism Friendly Performance This August

The Lion King is to stage an autism friendly performance for the third year running at the Lyceum this August.

The show which will be staged in collaboration with the National Autistic Society on August 30th at 1.30pm will see a reduction in strobe lighting and jarring sounds with the cast and staff in the theatre also being specially trained to tend to any special needs of customers with autism spectrum disorders.  There will also be designated quiet areas set up in the theatre available, staffed by experts for any individuals wanting to leave the auditorium at any time.

As well as doing their utmost to make customers feel at ease during the performance of the show, the musical have also created an autism-friendly website which has an easy booking system and includes a downloadable 'social story' to help autistic clients in preparation for their visit and provides a user friendly guide aimed to reduce anxiety by guiding customers through the entire process from their arrival at the theatre through to the final curtain of the show
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The Lion King is not alone in trying to raise awareness for people suffering from autism, learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, and other sensory or communication disorders as two other West End productions,  The Railway Children and Matilda The Musical   will also stage relaxed and specially designed performances in 2015

For more information on the special autism friendly performance of The Lion King in London on August 30th 2015 please visit www.lionkingautismfriendly.co.uk

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cast Changes For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Lara Denning is to swap one Roald Dahl tale for another as she makes the short move across Covent Garden from the Cambridge Theatre where she currently stars in the much loved RSC production of Matilda The Musical as Miss Honey to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where she will now play the role of Mrs Bucket in the smash hit family stage show Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Other new members of the cast joining the production are Jonathan Slinger who will now take over the role of the mysterious and wonderful Willy Wonka, and Kraig Thornber and Mark Oxtoby who will now play Grandpa Joe and Jerry respectively.  Other changes in the show include original cast members Ross Dawes and Derek Hagen who are to swap their current roles as Jerry and Mr Teavee to take on the parts of Mr Salt and Mr Bucket

The West End stage production of the classic Roald Dahl story about Charlie Bucket who wins the lifechanging opportunity to enter Willy Wonka's mysterious, secretive and wonderful chocolate factory first opened in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013.  The show was written by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and the challenging role of director was taken on by Sam Mendes.

The show transferred well from screen to stage winning two Laurence Olivier Awards in 2014 for Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design, and received mixed to positive reviews from West End critics as the production and quality of the performances were generally praised, the musical score received some negative critique as it differed from the much loved and well known songs from the original movie. 

The new members of the cast will get their first outing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the show on May 4th. 

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory tickets are currently available to book until June 4th 2016 giving West End audiences at least another year of chocolate coated fun!