PIPPIN Announces Third and Final Extension at The Garden Theatre

PIPPIN will now run through Saturday 17 October.

PIPPIN Announces Third and Final Extension at The Garden Theatre

There’s more magic to do… critically acclaimed ‘Pippin’ has announced a final week’s extension at London’s exciting new outdoor theatre venue, The Garden Theatre.

‘Pippin’, which has received 4 Off West End Award nominations – Best Musical Production (Steven Dexter), Best Ensemble, Choreography (Nick Winston) and Musical Director (MIchael Bradley) – will now end its run on Saturday 17 October.

Producer Peter Bull, Lambco Productions and The Garden Theatre at The Eagle in Vauxhall have also received the first OneOFF Award from the Off West End Awards, celebrating the creation of a new venue against the odds and launching with the first Off West End production since lockdown began in March 2020.

The press night for ‘Naked Boys Singing’, that launches the new Eagle Late slot, will move a week to Friday 16 October at 8.30pm to comply with the new 10pm Covid curfew.

“Producer Peter Bull said: “Lyn Gardner asked in her review of ‘Pippin’ ‘what kind of mad optimist and dreamer opens a theatre venue during a pandemic?’. Well, we did and the success of The Garden Theatre has exceeded all our expectations. We have now installed outdoor heating and a new sound system and created 3 dressing rooms within the venue as we prepare to announce a slew of productions taking us into 2021.”

Eagle owner Mark Oakley said: “Wow! 4 Offie nominations and the OneOFF award – I am absolutely chuffed for our theatre production company and all involved who have created something totally unique and a lifeline to my business. If The Garden Theatre had not happened The Eagle would not have survived. But as we celebrated this incredible new attraction for all to enjoy, we received the bitter 10pm curfew blow. However, the show will go on…”

The ‘Pippin’ cast features Ryan Anderson, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Joanne Clifton, Harry Francis and Dan Krikler. Creative team: Director Steven Dexter, Choreographer Nick Winston, Musical Director Michael Bradley, Designer David Shields, Lighting Designer Richard Lambert, Casting by Anne Vosser. It is produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions.

Originally Produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow Directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse. 2013 Broadway revival directed by Diane Paulus. Theo ending originally conceived in 1998 by Mitch Sebastian. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

INFORMATION

Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions
presents

‘Pippin’

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Steven Dexter

The Garden Theatrea
at The Eagle
349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
(nearest tube/train: Vauxhall)

Now booking to Sunday 17 October

Doors will open 30mins before the performance

Tickets:£20.00 + bkng fee

Bookings/website:
www.gardentheatre.co.uk

The performance is 90mins with a 5 min pause

The Garden Theatre at The Eagle
follows Government guidelines in its operations

Social Distancing is in place with seat allocations by the theatre staff

The venue is outdoors

Please order drinks for before the show and interval drinks immediately upon arrival and

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Tsemaye Bob-Egbe Talks PIPPIN at the Garden Theatre

The actress talks to BroadwayWorld about starring in the new version of the classic Stephen Schwartz musical

BWW Interview: Tsemaye Bob-Egbe Talks PIPPIN at the Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe

Tsemaye Bob-Egbe is a Nigerian-born, London-based West End performer. She most recently starred in the world premiere of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, where she performed as Alline Bullock/Ikette, also understudying and performing the role of Tina Turner. Other credits include Janelle Woods/The Shirelles in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Tsemaye talks to BroadwayWorld about her role as Leading Player in the new outdoor production of Pippin at the Garden Theatre, London.

You’re a couple of weeks into performances. How has it been going so far?

It’s been going really well. We had our press nights last week on Thursday and Friday, and we’ve had amazing reviews so far. And not only that, we’ve had lots of people coming in and being really grateful to see theatre again. So that’s really reassuring. The audiences have been really encouraging, absolutely loving the show. The cast and creative team are just amazing as well. So it’s been a good few weeks.

How did you spend your time during lockdown?

My lockdown was like everyone’s – it was kind of up and down. I had a few good months, a few bad months. I was in a position where I was due to be taking a break anyway – I was about to take a month and a half off. My plan was just to sleep and watch Netflix. So that was sort of it for the first month [laughs]. I didn’t really do much in terms of the arts or anything. I just took some time for me. I didn’t mind that I put on weight and all those kinds of things. It didn’t matter to me. What mattered was that my family and friends were well, and thankfully they have been so far.

After a while, I started writing. I’ve been writing a pilot episode for a new TV series and writing a musical, as well. And then I started singing and playing the piano again – just re-finding the joy in the things that I do. So that’s been my lockdown. I got engaged as well – so that’s been the most exciting thing! [laughs] So yes, it’s been very up and down. But as long as we’re still here and we’re still trying every single day, that’s what counts.

How did it feel to find out you were going to be performing again in one of the first productions to take place in London since lockdown began?

It was a bit mental. I got the audition on the Tuesday, learnt the song overnight and filmed it on Wednesday, then found out I had the part on Thursday. The cast announcement was released on the Friday, and then we started rehearsals the following week.

So there wasn’t much time to mentally prepare. When I got the call, I was filled with a lot of –

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PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

An exciting new production of the Broadway musical about a prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The EagleAfter launching this summer with the sold-out musical Fanny and Stella, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle presents a new production of the popular musical Pippin. This is a socially distanced, outdoor production produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions.

Pippin originated on Broadway in 1972, famously directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O Hirson. The Garden Theatre production uses the 1998 new ending by Mitch Sebastian.

The much-loved musical tells the tale of a young prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war. Pippin is a coming-of-age story with a message that true happiness isn’t found through success and ambition, but rather in the simple and ordinary. However, the real draw of this show has always been its catchy 70s-inspired music.

This production is significantly smaller than originally conceived, with a stripped-down cast of six, all whom are seasoned West End performers. Ryan Anderson as Pippin is exceptional and his rendition of the famous “Corner of the Sky” number does not disappoint. His voice is effortless, his dancing captivating and his acting is raw and honest.

Joanne Clifton is also a standout, playing Fastrada/Bertha with flawless comic timing and leaving the audience awestruck by her dancing. The cast also includes Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Harry Francis and Dan Krikler.

Designer David Shields and director Steven Dexter have done a wonderful job of turning the Garden Theatre into a sort of hippie commune. The audience are seated in traverse, under a makeshift tent. The actors are dressed as bohemian flower children, which altogether creates an atmosphere of watching a travelling circus troupe put on a show.

The only element that doesn’t seem to fit is the cast using American accents. Pippin’s magical world, created by this motley crew, feels like it shouldn’t call for a particular accent, and therefore the cast speaking with their natural voices would have felt much more authentic and in tune with the environment.

Nick Winston’s choreography still manages to wow us, despite the space restrictions. We can see Fosse’s original iconic choreography but adapted for this unique setting, and with Winston’s individual stamp.

In all, this smaller-scale production of a Broadway and West End favourite is still filled to the brim with light, colour and energy.

Pippin is running at The Garden Theatre until 11 October

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First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre

‘Pippin’ extended due to overwhelming demand. It now runs until Sunday 11 October.

Producers of ‘Pippin’ at London’s exciting new outdoor theatre venue, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle in Vauxhall, have released production images ahead of its 2 press performances this week on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September.

Featuring an exceptional cast of West End performers, ‘Pippin’, extended due to overwhelming demand. It now runs until Sunday 11 October.

After launching with the sold-out, critically acclaimed musical ‘Fanny and Stella’ – which also extended its run twice due to overwhelming public demand – The Garden Theatre at The Eagle presents an exciting new production of the Broadway musical about a prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war…

‘Pippin’ is an iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece. It features an infectiously unforgettable score, including ‘Magic to Do’ and ‘Corner of the Sky’, from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz (‘Wicked’, ‘Godspell’), who has given his blessing to perform the show for the first time ever with an ensemble cast of six.

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tanisha-Mae Brown, Ryan Anderson, Harry Francis

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson, Harry Francis

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Joanne Clifton

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Joanne Clifton

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Joanne Clifton

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tanisha-Mae Brown

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Joanne Clifton, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tanisha-Mae Brown, Dan Krikler, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Harry Francis, Joanne Clifton

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Harry Francis, Joanne Clifton

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tanisha-Mae Brown, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Dan Krikler and cast

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Joanne Clifton and Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPPIN at The Garden Theatre
Harry Francis

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