REVIEW: From Right here to Eternity on the Charing Cross Theatre

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From Right here to Eternity was one of many largest Hollywood hits of the Fifties. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, it received eight Oscars together with finest image and finest supporting actor for Frank Sinatra. The movie additionally featured the enduring embrace of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr on the seashore with the tide lapping round them. There’s completely no query it really works on the large display; however how does an epic film work on stage as a musical?


The motion begins at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu in November 1941. Captain Holmes (Alan Turkington) is anxious to maneuver up the navy hierarchy and the regimental boxing championship might present the technique of reaching his goals. When Personal Prewitt (Jonathan Bentley) transfers to G Firm he’s earmarked as an excellent welterweight who could make a distinction. Prewitt is adamant he does not wish to battle and has his causes for abstaining. Nevertheless, Holmes is outraged by a soldier who does not wish to battle. Sargent Warden (Adam Rhys-Charles) acts as a peacemaker between the warring pair, however is difficult by a passionate affair with Holmes’ spouse Karen (Carly Stenson). Prewitt does no less than have a good friend in barrack fixer Personal Maggio (Johnny Amies). Simmering tensions come to a boil on the eve of Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 and their lives won’t ever be the identical once more.
A big-scale manufacturing must be accommodated on a small set and the props are restricted to 2 palm timber and a sequence of packing containers moved across the stage. An organization of 11 performers do a tremendous job with the choreography on what appears like a postage stamp. A sequence of panels are cleverly used to venture the date as we edge nearer to that fateful December day. General, it really works fairly properly and advantages from incisive lyrics penned by Sir Tim Rice and a serviceable rating from Stuart Brayson. With such a robust narrative we glance extra in direction of the songs to promote the manufacturing. The songs are brilliant and clever with a robust standalone really feel; the hallmark of a Tim Rice present tune is that it really works outdoors the confines of a musical. There are a number of examples right here together with ‘Extra to life than this’, ‘Love me without end right this moment’ and ‘Ain’t the place I wanna be blues’.

It’s a massively gratifying manufacturing and properly executed by a proficient forged, however feels too huge for the cosy confines of the Charing Cross Theatre. Tim Rice musicals with out Andrew Lloyd Webber at all times appear to undergo by comparability, as they’re competing with such huge beasts. However there’s greater than sufficient right here to show this musical has the proper credentials.


Evaluation by Brian Penn

Seat: Stalls T12 | Worth of Ticket: A £39.50/Stalls B £32.50/Stalls C £25.00 (premium seats additionally out there)

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