Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Re-review: From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury

"I got the 'ain't where I wanna be' blues"

Suffering the fate of a fair few musicals that have taken up residence in the slightly-too-out-of-the-way Shaftesbury Theatre, From Here To Eternity announced its early closing last year and since then the end has drawn even closer with the final date being moved from the end of April to 29th March. I wasn't blown away by it on first viewing but I had thought I might be tempted to see it again to see how it stood up to repeated viewing and also to get another listen to Stuart Brayson's naggingly persistent score. But to be honest, it didn't really work out that well. 

A sadly small audience robbed the theatre of atmosphere despite the cast's best efforts - it was however nice to see Marc Antolin doing well standing in for Ryan Sampson as Maggio - and there is no escaping the strange weighting of the show towards trying to make empathetic figures out of a largely objectionable group of people, especially in the racist, adulterous, misogynistic, homophobic bullying G Company. 

Perhaps it will fare better on Broadway where it will be able to tap into the vein of domestic patriotism that would always be lacking here, but suffice to say it probably be much missed in London. So here's some lovely pictures instead.  


Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (with interval)
Photos: Matt Crockett (bottom one courtesy of Attitude)
Booking until 29th March





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