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CHARING CROSS THEATRE
(formerly the New Players Theatre)

 


DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (musical)
Ends 4th March 2017.

In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.

With a book by multi Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name which went on to inspire the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt, and a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine), this is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love.

Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premiered Off Broadway in 2011.

Mark Inscoe, Zoë Doano and James Gant head the cast.

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Photo (above) shows Chris Peluso (as Death/Prince Nikolai Sirki ) and Zoë Doano (Grazia Lamberti).


Gay Soper and Antony Cable,

 
Zoe Doano, Scarlett Courtney.

Photo credit: Scott Rylander



James Gant, Death (left), Ken Christiansen, Fidele (right).


The company: Kathryn Akin; Anthony Cable; Trudi Camilleri; Scarlett Courtney; Sophie-May Feek; James Gant; Matthew McDonald; Gay Soper; Ashley Stillburn; Samuel Thomas; Helen Turner.


 

 

Theatremonkey Opinion:
Chris Peluso has now left the cast.

In 2017, a higher than average number of musicals are scheduled to open in London. This is the first and, arguably, has the most intriguing premise of them all. Death (Chris Peluso) decides to investigate life by taking a weekend off. Disguised as Prince Nikolai Sirki, he inveigles his way into a house party where, as luck would have it, there are three attractive daughters – and an amusingly sexy maid (Sophie-May Feek).

What follows is almost a series of vignettes, on two themes. The unlikely opening sequence of Grazia (Zoe Doano) walking away unhurt from a fatal car crash sets up the first – that of who knows Death is among them, but cannot tell even as others start to notice nothing is dying. The second has Death encountering many permutations of love, with Grazia’s engagement to Corrado (notably well-voiced Ashley Stillburn) breaking - freeing her to seek his heart; even as another sister and house guest Alice (attractively energetic Helen Turner) vie for the mystery Prince’s attentions.

This episodic approach gives the show a meandering structure and uneven pace. Fortunately, there are sufficient highlights to move the tale towards its Midnight-dark ending.

Sirki’s “Alive,” his duet “Shimmy Like They Do in Paree” with Alice, Daisy and Corrado’s “More and More,” followed by Grazia, Daisy (Scarlett Courtney) and Alice’s “Finally to Know” are special theatrical moments. Best of all, the inimitable Gay Soper and Anthony Cable as Evangelina and Dario share “December Time,” a perfect hymn to later living.

As usual, director Thom Southerland makes the most of the small stage, designer Morgan Large giving him two elegant swinging house walls and Matt Daw the Italian light to assist. If the chair-waving car crash and home to grotto scenes don’t quite work with the restrictions on staging, the overall simplicity of the rest makes up for it – and allow maximum impact for choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane occasional “grand dance” sequences.

In concept, score and structure, the entire show has elements of Sondheim’s daring, Broadway greats Rogers, Hammerstein, Kern and Berlin’s eye for musical emotion, and even Lloyd Webber’s ear for a popular contemporary tune – not to mention the odd nod in visual appearance to “Aspects of Love” (“Aspects of Death,” anyone?)

Most likely, this is going to be the only chance for musical theatre aficionados to explore a fascinating episode in creators’ Maury Yeston, Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone’s careers, staged on this scale in London. For connoisseurs, that makes it as unmissable a musical theatre event as “Hamilton.” For everyone, though, there is an appealing humanity and some fine performances wrapped in a quite surprisingly sophisticated, unusual yet oddly enjoyable evening.

4 stars.
 
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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Friday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm

Runs 2 hours 15 minutes approximately.
 

Ticket Prices:

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Stalls
Rows B, C and H to V: £32.50
"Premium Seats" rows F and G: £39.50 including a programme and glass of "bubbly" (alcohol cannot be served to those aged under 18, proof of age may be requested and the right to refuse service is reserved. Choice of brand and provision of items is at venue discretion. No refund is given for unused vouchers).
Rows W and X: £29.50

Balcony
All seats: £22.50

Benches
All seats: £17.50



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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Ticketmaster
Sales are handled by Ticketmaster on behalf of the venue.
 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
No booking fees.
 

 

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer £32.50 seats with no booking fee per ticket. A postage charge of £1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for £1.99 per ticket. Discounts and &;quot;Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

Londontheatredirect.com offer £32.50 seats with NO booking fee per ticket. There is a £1 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee for collecting tickets from the box office before your performance. Alternatively, if time allows, there is a postage to your home option, costing £2.95 (£4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.







Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.
 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 08444 930 650
Answered by the phoneroom of the Ticketmaster agency.

 

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
No booking fees.

 

For personal callers: The Arches, Villiers Street, London. WC2N 6NG
No booking fee for personal callers. This box office is open from 2 hours before performances - roughly 5.30pm usually, on performance days only.

 

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk is the official theatre website.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Side Balconies Notes
STALLS 
Layout:
This consists of a front and rear block of seats, the division being a wide aisle in front of row K.

From row D back, the seats are raked (arranged to help see over rows in front) by means of steps (as in a Circle) rather than a sloped floor.

Rows L to N seem to have a slightly shallower tiering than row P back. 

Seating is a warm "plum" colour that should hide the stains, thinks the monkey!

Legroom:
Pretty generous to all but the tallest over 6ft or so, in all rows except the front one. The tallest should pick K or D1 and 12, as they have nothing in front. D 2 and 11 are 70% clear in front, too.

Rows from L back have an inch or two less, but are still comfortable.

Choosing Seats in General:
If all seats are sold at a single price, monkey advice is rows G to K first, then F, E, D, then A or L back, in that order.

Otherwise, it would normally take F, E, G then D, in that order, seats 3 to 10 being most central.

Moving back in this block, rows H to J seats 3 to 10 offer good views too, being about a third of the way back and just adequately raked to look slightly down on the stage. Before buying in the rear of the front block, though, it might just be worth considering the row behind...

...the front row of the rear block of seats. Row K, as the theatre have named it, is on a wide aisle and looks over the block in front and down onto the stage at comfortable height. The combination of nobody in front, a lower price and extra legroom makes the monkey feel this is the row it would choose. Several readers prefer J, though, as the angle to the stage is felt to be slightly better. The long gap in front of K can be cancelled out by a tall person in J blocking the view, it's been noted.

Moving further back, rows R and S seem a little further from the stage, so when all seats in the section are the same price, try for further forward.

General Hazard Notes:
Row A looks directly up at the low stage. A few may find it a bit of a neck ache, but compared to other theatres, there is little problem, and inventive pricing can often make them pretty good value, in monkey opinion.

The front block of seats consists of rows A to J. Rows A to C are on a flat, one reader felt back-sloping, floor. Though staggered to allow viewing between the seats in front, the shorter visitor - especially children - would probably be advised to avoid rows B and C completely, just to guard against having anyone tall in front of them.

When row A is removed and the stage forms a curve in front of row B, row B 4 to 7 have no legroom, and all may be blocked by stage lights in front. A sharp look up to the stage is also guaranteed - not great for top price seats, feels the monkey.

In the rear section, the side balconies (well, the lights on the front of them) slightly project out, intruding on the edges of the stage. Only purists will notice that one, though.

Row X has two extra problems worth noting. A sound desk is normally directly behind the central seats, and behind that is a bar serving drinks and refreshments. This means double noise from technicians both audio and alcohol service proficient. Not an atmosphere the monkey feels it would enjoy watching a show in. At a low price, though, the monkey feels it fair value.

Changes for the current productions:
Row B is the front row. The stage is high, and both it and row C behind (which is on the same level as B) are discounted for it. Monkey advice is forget the interval drink and pay a bit more to go a few rows back. If taller, take C, and if you can't, then go for the outer seats in B, unless happy to stare up. Small lights are used on the front of the stage too - may irritate a few.

Central B 4 to 7 have a bit less legroom - those over 5ft 9 should miss them. Legroom is near unlimited in the outermost 2 seats in row B.

Rows F and G are premium. Skip the outermost 2 seats, and take G over F - slightly better view.

All other seats are a single price back to V, so take K or J in that order first, then F, then E or L then M, D, N back to Q. R back is last pick at full price, feels the monkey.

At second price, W makes sense if row C or the ends of B have gone.

A sound desk behind X 4 to 9 may prove distracting to purists.
 

Reader Comments:
"Row B: "Lost Boy" (January 2014). The stage has been built out in such a way that if you are seated in row B you are sat staring directly at the wall that supports the stage itself– even if you are above average height. Front row seats (for this show B is the front row) always come with a bit of requirement to look up. However, on this occasion the reward for a cricked neck is an uninterrupted view of the footlights and not much else. At this proximity in terms of blocking your view, the footlights are equivalent to sitting behind a pillar. Thankfully, a quick word with a friendly usher meant that we (and everyone else in Row B) were moved to empty seats elsewhere in the theatre – so the upshot is I can’t say how restricted the view would have been, but it would have been substantial. Moral always be nice to ushers.
Row B is on your warning list for this theatre – but based on my experience then for some productions it needs to be a severe warning. For me, in future if these were the only seats available I would question how badly I wanted to go.
As for the theatre, well I think that it is very bad of them to a) to be offering these seats for sale at all b) to charge the same price as elsewhere in the auditorium, and b) not give any restricted view guidance on their web site."

"D1 and 2: "Lost Boy" (January 2014). Third row from the stage for ‘Lost Boy’. We got these because of your seating plan, btw - they tried to give us row C but I asked to move a little further back, and D1 and 2 was the result! These were the right-aisle (as you face the stage) seats, which the box office told us were excellent. Lots of legroom (more on that in a moment) and close to the stage (the edge of the stage is at eye level, which is not an issue), but with good clearance over the two rows in front. Because D1 is beyond the last seat in row C, this is an excellent seat for someone of smaller stature as it ensures a clear view of the stage.
All seats have good legroom: row K especially so as it is the centre lane/aisle leading to the main exit, but if sitting there I would suggest row L as it gives slightly better clearance of row J at the front of the centre lane/aisle. All seats give a good view of the stage (with the possible exception of the front two rows as they are below the level of the stage so you lose a little at the very front with row C giving the worst views as there is a backward rake that tilts it below row B) as the rake is gradual but gives more than head clearance for each row. Only drawback is occasional train noise overhead, but not enough to cause annoyance. The theatre also has it’s own restaurant, serving up a small, but very good quality pre-show menu."

"D 11 and 12: "Titanic" (June 2016). Sat in D11 and 12 of this rather small theatre which were perfect if, like myself, you get a bit claustrophobic (but like to be at the front) as D12 is end of a 12 seat row with nothing in front of it. Great view from all seats due to one step rake at each row. Would probably avoid A to C as with the high but quite compact stage you tend to get the backs of actors or objects blocking your view of what's happening behind. Seat comfort, couldn't complain."

"D12: "Ragtime" (November 2016). It was on the end of a row with nothing in front of it and I found the seat itself very comfortable for what was quite a long performance (2 hours 45 minutes, with one interval). Row D is the first tiered row and the view is perfect – you are just high enough to see all the footwork on the stage. I like being at the front, but rows B and C (no row A for this production) were possibly a little too close to the stage and are all flat on one level, meaning you need to crane your neck to see the stage and may have people in front of you blocking your view if you are in row B.
This is a long, thin theatre and I think if you sat at the back you would feel quite distant from the stage. By contrast, book a seat on the one of the benches on either side of the stage (tucked away and accessed via a small, steep staircase) and you might find yourself rather closer to the action than you'd envisaged!"

"F10 to 12: "Titanic The Musical" (July 2016). These were premium seats - only bought as they were the only seats left - but they did give an excellent view and the addition of a drink and programme was a nice touch, worth the £39 paid."

"G3: "The Mikado" (December 2014). Great seat but legroom might be an issue for tall folk. Squeezing past people in this theatre to get to a seat further along the row is a nightmare! On the plus side, the venue feels very intimate."

"G5: "Oh Come All Ye Divas" (December 2016). Not one, but two, side spotlights reflected from the highly polished side of the grand piano and sent beams of blindingly bright light straight into my good eye, to the extent that I spent most of the show with one hand in front of my face shielding the light. Apart from that, G5 was perfect."

 

 

Stalls Benches
Layout:
Either side of the front stalls, two raised alcoves containing benches.

There is only one row in each bench area.

Legroom:
Seat 1 is fine - nothing in front. Every other seat is tight, even for a midget - if 5ft or less you could sit here just about... but won't be able to see over the wall in front.

Choosing Seats in General:
If sold, they are often a cheap option for the tiny. At second price or above, there are better seats available.

The seat furthest from the stage has the best viewing angle, the one closest has legroom but misses the near eighth of the stage and quarter of the rear stage.

Changes for the current production:
A fifth of the stage is missed from seat 1 - mostly at the back of the stage and on the balcony nearest to you, and a bit less from 5.

Really, not great seats for this show, the monkey feels.

 

Stalls Alcove
Layout:
On the side furthest from the entrance door, and at the end of the "cross aisle," this is a niche in the wall, under a staircase, with a low wall in front of it.

Legroom:
Normal chairs, so no problem.

Choosing Seats in General:
If sold, go for seat 1, furthest from the stage and nearest the aisle.

General Hazard Notes:
About half the stage is missed from here.

A bit of a strange place to sit, cut off from the auditorium yet part of it. Odd. Not somewhere the monkey recommends.
 

Changes for the current production:
Not in use.

Reader Comments:
None.

 

SIDE BALCONIES
Layout:
Above the stalls, along the longest side walls run narrow balconies. These overhang the stalls aisles, and so do not interfere with the view from the seats beneath.

Seats are arranged in single file, one behind the other, and are not raked.

Legroom:
Good in all seats.

Choosing Seats in General:
Around a fifth of the nearest side of the stage is not visible from these seats. Factor in the problem of those in front of you leaning outwards to see more, and anyone seated here may have a hard time enjoying the show...as well as needing an appointment with a physiotherapist at some point!

If you must, then take the seats nearest to the stage first - but be aware you won't be able to lean out without attracting moans from others seated behind you. On the other hand, if you take the seat furtherst away, you will have to lean a long way over to see that missing fifth of stage.

Wheelchair users are seated in Balcony 1. The monkey isn't sure how a user would see very well from this position, though - a plinth or cushion may well help here.

General Hazard Notes:
A low bar runs across the front - the view is not affected in the least by it... but to see anything, you lean outwards over the edge - makes a change from leaning forwards, felt the monkey. If somebody ahead of you is leaning too far, you see less.

Seats are not raked to see over those ahead.

Changes for the current productions:
Third price. If you must. The monkey would also look at cheaper bench 1 seat number 1 before taking balcony tickets. Comfort may be inferior, but the view isn't much worse.

 

Reader Comments:
None.

 

Notes
Total 276 seats.

Air conditioned.

Wheelchair access is flat from the foyer to the viewing position in Balcony 1. The entrance door is wide, and the disabled toilet is close by on the same level. The only problem is that part of the street outside is cobbled, making pushing harder. Steep stairs down to the auditorium may make access for transferees difficult. Guide dogs are welcome. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here. The listing is under the old name - New Players Theatre. During office hours, theatre administration staff can assist with disabled bookings ONLY on 020 7930 5868. Please DO NOT use this telephone number for any other purpose.

No food except bar snacks in the auditorium, but a full restaurant is available adjacent, open until 2.30am with live music on many nights.

Two bars, Rear stalls (opening into the auditorium) and foyer.

3 Toilets in all. 1 ladies, 1 Gents, 1 unisex disabled.

 

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Getting to this Theatre
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Nearest Underground Station:
Charing Cross - Bakerloo (brown) and Northern (black) lines or Embankment - Bakerloo (brown), Northern (black), Circle (yellow) and District (green) lines. Also Main rail network terminus.

Charing Cross: Leave the station by following signs from the platforms to the STRAND street exits. Walk straight ahead into the underground shopping arcade and keep going straight on into the light. If, underground, you pass Davenports Magic shop, turn around and walk the other way.

Take the right-hand staircase up to street level. At the top of it, you should see a semi-pedestrianised street sloping downwards to Embankment underground station. If you see instead a very busy road, the Strand, with Brook Street Employment Agency to your right, turn around and face downhill instead - you took the left instead of the right hand side stairs.

Walk downhill a very short distance, looking up and to your left for a silver, semi circular sign with "The Arches Shopping Centre" on it. 


This juts out over the street and marks the entrance to the tunnel where the theatre hides. At street level, a small sign to the right of the tunnel entrance confirms that you have the correct place.

Below the silver sign is a wide, brownish, sloping path into an area of small shops and restaurants - all snugly tucked into this railway arch beneath the station bridge above.


Walk almost to the end of the shops, and the theatre entrance is to your left.

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Embankment: Leave the barriers and turn left, exiting to look up a semi-pedestrianised street sloping downwards to the underground station. If you see instead the river, go back and use the other station exit.

Walk uphill a short distance, looking up and to your left for a silver, semi circular sign with "The Arches Shopping Centre" on it. The theatre is inside - as per directions above.

 

Buses:
3, 11, 12, 15, 24, 29, 53, 77, 77A, 88, 159, 170, 172  stop nearby.

A reader notes that the 15 route compliments it's modern buses with a small number of Routemasters (or, to the non-Londoner, the ones they've all seen in pictures with the open bit on the back). Sadly these days the conductor will run a scanner over your Oyster rather than punch your ticket. Getting off at the station I rang the bell to stop the bus by pulling the wire than runs along one side... and got off grinning like a fool in the middle of a nostalgia trip!"
 

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a short distance from the theatre up hill via Villiers Street. Best chance of hailing one in the street is to walk down the tunnel to Northumberland Avenue and / or on to the Embankment.

 

Car Park:
Spring Gardens. On leaving the car park walk into Trafalgar Square. The first major road you come to is Whitehall. Cross it, and head on round, crossing Northumberland Avenue and continuing past Waterstones bookshop. Bearing to your right, enter a busy street called the Strand.

To your right will be Charing Cross Railway Station. Don't be tempted to enter it, just stay outside the railings and walk past it (mind the taxis as they enter and leave). 

Keep going to the far side of the station. At the corner of it, to your right, is Villiers Street. The Brook Street Employment Agency ahead of you on the corner will confirm it - don't walk any further than this blue fronted landmark!

Villiers Street  is semi-pedestrianised and slopes downwards to Embankment underground station. Turn right into it, and walk around the stairs set into the centre of the street - they lead to the underground station, and nowhere else. 

Walk downhill a very short distance, looking up and to your left for a silver, semi circular sign with "The Arches Shopping Centre" on it. This juts out over the street and marks the entrance to the tunnel where the theatre hides. At street level, a small sign to the right of the tunnel entrance confirms that you have the correct place.

Below the silver sign is a wide, brownish, sloping path into an area of small shops and restaurants - all snugly tucked into this railway arch beneath the station bridge above.

Walk almost to the end of the shops, and the theatre entrance is to your left.

 

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