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REVIEW: From Right here to Eternity on the Charing Cross Theatre

From Right here to Eternity was one of many greatest Hollywood hits of the Fifties. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, it received eight Oscars together with greatest image and greatest supporting actor for Frank Sinatra. The movie additionally featured the long-lasting embrace of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr on the seashore with the tide lapping round them. There’s completely no query it really works on the massive display screen; however how does an epic film work on stage as a musical?

The motion begins at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu in November 1941. Captain Holmes (Alan Turkington) is anxious to maneuver up the navy hierarchy and the regimental boxing championship may present the technique of attaining his goals. When Non-public Prewitt (Jonathan Bentley) transfers to G Firm he’s earmarked as an impressive welterweight who could make a distinction. Prewitt is adamant he would not wish to combat and has his causes for abstaining. Nevertheless, Holmes is outraged by a soldier who would not wish to combat. Sargent Warden (Adam Rhys-Charles) acts as a peacemaker between the warring pair, however is sophisticated by a passionate affair with Holmes’ spouse Karen (Carly Stenson). Prewitt does at the least have a good friend in barrack fixer Non-public Maggio (Johnny Amies). Simmering tensions come to a boil on the eve of Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 and their lives won’t ever be the identical once more.
A big-scale manufacturing needs to be accommodated on a small set and the props are restricted to 2 palm bushes and a sequence of bins moved across the stage. An organization of 11 performers do an incredible job with the choreography on what seems like a postage stamp. A sequence of panels are cleverly used to undertaking the date as we edge nearer to that fateful December day. Total, it really works fairly effectively and advantages from incisive lyrics penned by Sir Tim Rice and a serviceable rating from Stuart Brayson. With such a robust narrative we glance extra in the direction of the songs to promote the manufacturing. The songs are brilliant and clever with a robust standalone really feel; the hallmark of a Tim Rice present tune is that it really works outdoors the confines of a musical. There are a number of examples right here together with ‘Extra to life than this’, ‘Love me without end right now’ and ‘Ain’t the place I wanna be blues’.

It’s a massively satisfying manufacturing and effectively executed by a gifted forged, however feels too massive for the cosy confines of the Charing Cross Theatre. Tim Rice musicals with out Andrew Lloyd Webber all the time appear to endure by comparability, as they’re competing with such massive beasts. However there’s greater than sufficient right here to show this musical has the correct credentials.

Evaluate by Brian Penn

Seat: Stalls T12 | Value of Ticket: A £39.50/Stalls B £32.50/Stalls C £25.00 (premium seats additionally out there)



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