I couldn't find a thread about Cameron Mackintosh's plans to convert the existing Ambassadors Theatre, home of the neverending Stomp. Does anyone know what is happening as regards the planning and timescales?
It would be a genuine asset to the West End and sounds like it would be ideal for something like Chichester's The House They Grew Up In, which appears to be very good indeed but which would also seem an unlikely candidate for a West End transfer presently given the current lack of suitable theatres.
I've just been looking at some of the planning documents (there are hundreds of them to choose from). Interestingly, letters of support have been received from Chichester and Hamstead Theatres, the RSC, Arts Council England and Historic England, but The Victorian Society has, perhaps understandably, objected.
Definitely time to get rid of it. Has clogged that nice little venue for far far too long.
You do realise it will simply move and clog up another little theatre, right? It makes too much money to leave the West End.
One can but hope. It didn't stay too long at the Vaudeville. Presumably Nimax wanted something else in there. The West End has largely changed since then. I'd say there's more quality product around now than there was 10 years ago and competition for houses is fierce. Can't see Nimax or ATG wanting this around for the long haul. It seems to me that it has just suited Sir Stephen Waley Cohen to keep Stomp banging around for an eternity rather than shop around for decent stuff for the Ambassadors. When ATG had it before him there was some very interesting stuff including many of Sonia Friedman's early productions.
It would be great if the Ambassador Theatre got freed, however surprised that ATG sold it, given it is the theatre that defined their name.
Fun fact, the name actually came from The Ambassadors complex in Woking, consisting of the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw theatres and the cinema. The Ambassador Theatre in the West End came later in 1995, after the Duke of York's in 1992.
Source: Wikipedia 😎
Get £10 off your first order at TodayTix.com with promo code FQWDM.
Post by Phantom of London on Aug 12, 2017 0:00:37 GMT
As we mentioned it and couldn't get to the theatre for 7:30 tonight, I checked Stomp out, which starts at 8pm. Years since I have seen it. I went more tonight to observe how full the audience was, it was pretty full up in the circle and whether this could transfer to the Arts or Charing Cross, which it can, as it doesn't use the wings or fly, no scenery changes, except their 'instruments'.
Which really boils down to 2hr of percussion, so nothing entertaining there, but when you turn percussion in to a art form maybe it is? The show that speaks every language, hence why it's popular with group bookers, also the tickets are likely to be very cheap.
Well did I see artistic achievement, yes the show is well conceived and put together, which are acccomponied by great performance, which is given with great gusto and some of the best athleticism on a London Stage.
I can see why Edinburgh's biggest hit has played all round the world and has been a staple both sides of the Atlantic.
But would I miss this if it closed - hell no, I found it mildly amusing and made me smile a couple of times, but I would rather the theatre done out, with more meaniful theatre. It would be great if say It took shows such as A Little Night Music from the Watermill or Racing Demon from Bath.
My overriding thought when see this, I thought this would be great on cruise boats in the Caribbean or Med.
I cannot see Stomp going anywhere soon, whether it is at the Ambassadors or somewhere else.