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Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8DP

From Here To Eternity

Shaftesbury theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Shaftesbury Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 30th Sept 13
Opens 23rd Oct 13
Closes 29th Mar 14
 

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matineé Wed & Sat 2.30 pm


Length of show -

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BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 


CAST

  • Darius Campbell - Warden
  • Siubhan Harrison - Lorene
  • Robert Lonsdale - Prewitt
  • Ryan Sampson - Maggio
  • Rebecca Thornhill - Karen
  • Keisha Amponsa - Banson
  • Marc Antolin
  • Julie Armstrong
  • James Ballanger
  • John Brannoch
  • Abigail Climer
  • Brian Doherty
  • Jessica Ellen
  • Dale Evans
  • Shimi Goodman
  • Kirby Hughes
  • Lauren Ingram
  • Dean John-Wilson
  • Joshua Lacey
  • Carolyn Maitland
  • Nuno Queimado
  • Lucinda Shaw
  • Warren Sollars
  • David Stoller
  • Rebecca Sutherland
  • Laura Tyrer
  • Adam Vaughan
  • Lauren Varnham
  • Stephen Webb
  • Matthew Wesley

  • Director - Tamara Harvey
  • Design - Soutra Gilmour
  • Lighting - Bruno Poet
  • Choreography - Javier De Frutos
  • Sound - Mick Potter
  • Music - Stuart Brayson
  • Lyrics - Tim Rice
  • Book - Bill Oakes
  • Producer - Tim Rice and Lee Menzies for Eternity Productions

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

A MUSICAL FOR THE MEN

It's always all inspiring when famous people who could do anything they liked put on a musical which as far as the general population is concerned should've stayed in the past along with Pearl Harbour. This show has been an opportunity to display 'male bravure' and muscles.

The scene is set in Hawaii where of course Pearl Harbor is. The military are there waiting for the day when they go into 'action'. (By this time the British and allies were calling the Americans doughboys because they were so slow to rise to the rescue). Little did they know that the action was going to come to them shortly, however they certainly made hay while the sun was shining.

James Jones book in the 50s was a roaring success because it was full of sex and violence and everybody knows that these bring people flocking to a film as well especially if the film is packed with stars of the magnitude of Frank Sinatra.

With a risk factor thus reduced, Tim Rice decided to put on a Musical. When you re-examine the dialogue it may have been directed towards the category of a musical comedy. It's an enormous cast. In the picture the ones in black are military wives who organised some song and dance to amuse the military husbands.

Despite such entertainment the husbands were off looking for local talent and other people's wives instead - including the one belonging to the commanding officer - which made people gasp when the book came out much more than it would today, when everybody is used to any form of promiscuity like they do in the TV.

Similarly, military violence has been on the news so often since those days that it almost comes with the turf. Whilst they were waiting to get into action where they could practice their violence on the 'enemy' prisoners they tortured and killed their own men as the tension rose – waiting for action. The boxing club was supposed to let off that steam but in this case it appears to have incited it.

The show was impressively professional. The Shaftesbury Theatre seems to have been made for it because this stage is certainly very large. The production crew were all on the ball including the lighting (Arguably the most important thing, other than the acting, in any show) which had to span a wide range of activities by day and night – including 'arse baring' sex–on–the–beach scene which they could hardly leave out because it was supposed to be the best bit in the film and the book. You really do need excellent lighting for that sort of thing in the absence of sand.

The next most important thing is the music and in this case Tim Rice gave a chance to an unknown musician who appears to have done a very good job for someone new on the scene.

STORY

Boys meet girls and boys and girls meet boys and dance. Then there's the action of various kinds including some as described above. But you need to book a seat to see that yourself it would take too long to begin.

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