Classic Love Story comes to Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:15 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:30 29 May 2013

Fiona Wilkie as Jenny Cavilleri and Stephen Brannan as Oliver Barrett III in the musical number 'Pasta' which sees the couple cooking a pasta meal, for real, on stage while singing!

Fiona Wilkie as Jenny Cavilleri and Stephen Brannan as Oliver Barrett III in the musical number 'Pasta' which sees the couple cooking a pasta meal, for real, on stage while singing!

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GREEN Room Productions is staging not one but two very different musicals – The Boy Friend and Love Story – in Potters Bar this week.

Jack Malin and Sami Dean as the Boy Friends, Alphonse and Pierre, in Green Room Productions' version of The Boy FriendJack Malin and Sami Dean as the Boy Friends, Alphonse and Pierre, in Green Room Productions' version of The Boy Friend

Celebrating two British composers, the award-winning theatre company is presenting in the same week, in repertory, Sandy Wilson’s perennial favourite The Boy Friend and Howard Goodall and Stephen Clarke’s sublime Love Story.

The latter was inspired by the iconic novel by Erich Segal and one of the most romantic films of all time starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw.

The productions run at the Wyllyotts Theatre, off Darkes Lane, until Sunday, June 2.

Alastair Woodgate, chairman of Green Room, said: “The two shows could not be more of a contrast so there’s something to suit everyone.

Steve Berman, Pete Town and Elliot Moore as some of the Boy Friends in Green Room Productions' version of The Boy FriendSteve Berman, Pete Town and Elliot Moore as some of the Boy Friends in Green Room Productions' version of The Boy Friend

“The Boy Friend is a witty and affectionate parody of the 1920s musicals where charming pupils burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows.

“Love Story is a life-affirming musical that pulses with sensitivity and will have you remembering the first time you fell in love.

“If you like the book and the film, you will love the musical of Love Story: if you haven’t read the book or seen the film, it will still undoubtedly win your heart.”

Both musicals showcase strong local talent. The Boy Friend features former Mount Grace School pupils Elliot Moore in the lead role of Tony and Jack Malin as Alphonse, another of the Boy Friends.

In Love Story, Fiona Wilkie and Stephen Brannan play the central characters Jenny Cavilleri and Oliver Barrett III, supported by locals David Bottomley and David Macklin as their respective fathers.

The Love Story audience will be treated not only to sights and sounds but also smells as one of Jenny and Oliver’s scenes involves them cooking a pasta meal, on stage, for real, while singing.

Green Room is excited to be one of the first companies in the country to be staging Love Story following its successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Duchess Theatre in the West End.

Alastair said: “Some people are not aware that they know of the BAFTA award-winning Howard Goodall, until his TV theme tunes are mentioned.

“The composer of the theme music to Blackadder, Mr Bean, Red Dwarf, QI, The Catherine Tate Show and The Vicar of Dibley to name but a few, also wrote the music for Love Story.”

For Potters Bar-based director John Hebden, The Boy Friend was the very first show he directed, back in 1967, when he acquired the directing ‘bug’.

It was also the first musical he staged for Green Room when the company last performed it in 1993, marking the start of a long and happy association with the company.

John has also relished the opportunity to work on the new show, Love Story, which he describes as “artistically innovative and beautiful”. Both John and the company have found it a rewarding experience and the director is sure the audience will, too.

You can catch the toe-tapping tunes of The Boy Friend today (Wednesday, May 29), Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 and the sublime sounds of Love Story today (Wednesday, May 29), Thursday, May 30, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

Evening performances start at 8pm and there are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

For further information, call the Green Room box office on 07531 122206, email tickets@greenroomproductions.co.uk or visit the Green Room website at www.greenroomproductions.co.uk


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