Saturday evening saw the curtain go down on the final performance of ‘Enjoy’ at the Gielgud Theatre. A brilliant show that has broken box office records around the country. From its beginnings in Bath Theatre Royal to ending at the Gielgud theatre in the West End it has made audiences cry with laughter! Congratulations to everyone involved.
The lights definitely went out for Enjoy yesterday afternoon! Thirty minutes before the show, the theatre was plunged into darkness. The power failure effected a number of other shows including the musical Les Miserables and resulted in the performance being cancelled.
The power has now been restored and show will up tonight as normal.
Due to the huge popularity of Enjoy the West End run has been extended for an additional two weeks now closing on 16th May! You can book tickets from the Delfont Mackintosh website.
In the words of Dominic Maxwell from The Times ‘There’s no business like show business — but, against that, there’s no business like snow’. With snow everywhere and west end shows being cancelled all over the place Enjoy definitely rose to the occasion on Press Night. Since then the reviews have been coming in. Here are several of them …
“It isn’t just the funniest most thoughtful and poignant play in town – it’s the most enjoyable one.”
“… had the Bath audience in hysterics”
Guardian (before the move to the West End) – read review
Critics Choice: Best Theatre Production (5th Feb 09)
Evening Standard – read review
“the ending is shattering, poetic, unforgettable”
The Independent -read review
“Richard Glaves closes each act with two of the most moving speeches on the modern stage.”
What’s on Stage – read review
“It’s great to see justice finally being done to one of the richest and most original of all Alan Bennett’s plays. ”
Telegraph – read review
“… there was no stopping this redoubtable revival of Alan Bennett’s most peculiar play”
The Times – read review
“The final 10 minutes are devastating and memorable”
Guardian – read review
The BBC has a video interview with Enjoy playwright Alan Bennett. He talks a bit about the history of Enjoy with also some clips from the show. They report that Enjoy has already taken £1m in advanced ticket sales.
Monday is press night for Enjoy so we will have to wait and see what the reviewers have to say about it, but tickets are going very fast so if you do want to come and see Julian please book soon!
The time has almost arrived! ‘Enjoy’ previews start tonight at the Gielgud Theatre with a press night on 2nd Feb. Julian has been in rehearsals for the past couple of days and everything has been going really well. If you do want to book tickets visit the Delfont Mackintosh website or Ticket Master.
Julian has confirmed that he will be heading to London West End’s Gielgud Theatre with the rest of the cast and crew of Alan Bennett’s show Enjoy. The show has had an amazing run on tour around the country, breaking box office records as it goes. The show will run from 22nd January to the 2nd May for a 14 week run.
To book tickets contact the box office at 0844 482 5130 or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
Some more press comments:
“Christopher Luscombe’s pitch-perfect revival….sad, funny and beautifully acted”
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph August 2008
“The performances are just about perfect *****”
Michael Billington, The Guardian, August 2008
“David Troughton and Alison Steadman give masterful performances.the writing is brilliant; lyrical, obscene, funny.”
John Peter, Sunday Times, August 2008
“Enjoy is one of Bennett’s best plays”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer, August 2008