Who says lighting can’t strike twice? We certainly have proof, demonstrated when Curtain Call visited two productions in October within days of each other.
In both instances, between us watching the show and us covering the show, the transfers to the West End for both productions were announced.
It was such a pleasure to be there on the days that the cast and crew discovered that they had achieved the Holy Grail that is a West End transfer from a fringe theatre.
It was Hangmen’s turn first. There was a celebratory mood in the air at the Royal Court as we visited backstage on the 2nd of October just after the announcement that the show would head to the Wyndham’s Theatre. Even though it was a bittersweet announcement for cast members Reece Shearsmith and Ralph Ineson, who wouldn’t be joining the transfer due to prior engagements, it didn’t spoil the party and Curtain Call managed to get some great shots of the cast enjoying themselves on what was a wonderful day.
David Morrissey summed it up when he said, “The fact that we’re going to the West End is wonderful because more people will get to see it – because it deserves to be seen.”
Not to be outdone, the following week we were off to the Hampstead Theatre to cover Mr Foote’s Other Leg. On the day we visited, once again, the production heard that they were not only going to transfer to the West End, but they were going in to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the very theatre that Samuel Foote made famous. Richard Eyre even popped in to congratulate the cast and crew, which gave us the perfect opportunity to sit down for a chat. Foote’s writer, Ian Kelly, was understandably thrilled. “It was going to be exciting going to the West End anyway.” Kelly explained, “But this play at that theatre? There’s nothing like it. The Theatre Royal Haymarket is only a ‘Theatre Royal’ because of Samuel Foote.”
Well, we will carry on doing our best to spread a little Curtain Call magic on many more shows that we visit in the future…
…watch this space!Back to news