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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Little Mermaid; Spiral; The Tempest

02 August, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

Tilly Lee Kronick in The Little Mermaid

LITTLE Mermaid – the Circus Sensation draws on music, theatre and dance, along with reworking more traditional circus skills, to create a dreamy, magical underwater world that captivated the audience at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival.

Adults and children alike were spellbound by the display of Mette Theatre’s considerable talents, from gasp-inspiring leaps and acrobatics on the aerial hoop, to juggling and the inspired use of the Cyr wheel to create the Little Mermaid. Written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan, the show, which is on until August 12, is woven through with original songs by composer Matt Devereux.

A scaled-down version of the traditional Hans Christian Andersen tale that was later transformed into a Walt Disney feature, it casts Ariel as a headstrong teen and her prince as under his father’s thumb. It’s billed as having a feminist twist, but it’s the visual impact of the show, the energy and the music that will hold a more mature audience, rather than the script’s complexity. More details on 0333 344 4167.

Spiral, a play that follows the consequences of school teacher Tom’s decision to book an escort when his teenage daughter disappears, opens at Park Theatre on August 7. Written by Abigail Hood, who also plays Leah, the escort, Spiral is co-directed by Glen Walford and Kevin Tomlinson, who also plays Tom. For more details call 020 7870 6876.

• All-male troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men will be performing Shakespeare’s The Tempest at St John’s Lodge Garden in Regent’s Park on August 18 and Kenwood House on August 19. The two performances are among six that will take place in stunning locations in London. More details on 0208 852 5761.

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