Guest Post by David Thomas – Head of Theatre at Super Break
Company is a show about expectations. The year Stephen Sondheim started working on it, a man walked on the moon and Concorde flew at twice the speed of sound. The world has changed a lot since 1969, in directions that no-one would have ever expected, but this production is so fresh and sparkling and up-to-the-minute, it feels like it was written yesterday. So fresh in fact, that I would earnestly entreat readers to not read any reviews (sensational as they are) and just enjoy the show full-on in all its joyous, hilarious, heart-rending power, uncluttered by those darned expectations.
Should you choose to ignore my advice, you can read at length about the incredible performances, magically melded into a seamless, ever-expanding experience, like a world class orchestra performing a Beethoven symphony. And how the emotional temperature of each scene is modulated with pin-point accuracy. And the masterful transitions that take us from one scene to another and multiply those emotions exponentially.
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But frankly you are better off just expecting a truly wonderful piece of live entertainment that head-butts TV back into its boxed set and struts triumphantly to near-palm-blistering applause. Oh, and it will take you to New York faster than Concorde. And it is a giant leap for musical theatre.
Experience Company at The Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, here!