Be first to get the top news & best streams. Four and five star reviews across the board by the national newspapers reveal the universality of appeal the show has – a rare accolade in itself uniting the often disparate views of these papers. Mesha Bryan Carly Bawden Angélique Sandra Marvin. A musical adaptation of French-Belgian 2010 film Les Émotifs Anonymes, Romantics Anonymous is a revival of director Emma Rice’s Globe swansong of 2017. Romantics Anonymous Bristol Old Vic Review. It tells the story of Angélique, a pretty and very talented chocolatière, who meets Jean-René, the owner of an old-fashioned and failing chocolate factory. Directed by Emma Rice (Malory Towers, Wise Children, Tristan & Yseult), this beautiful new musical was meant to be on a tour of the USA before the pandemic struck. Given the themes of love and self-expression, it's easy to sense that the piece might strike many a chord with the audience. Malory Towers review … Their inability to communicate their instant attraction towards each other is excruciatingly, joyously, painful to witness at times despite the ensemble company in various guises attempting to bring them together. Angélique struggles with the spotlight, Jean-René struggles with debilitating shyness. Carly Bawden shines as Angélique, instantly endearing as she sings "chocolate holds the world in every bite, when it's just right". Adapted from the French Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, we follow a gifted chocolatier named Angélique, who unwittingly finds herself helping Jean-René's floundering chocolate factory that he inherited from his traditionalist father. With a compact but fantasy-glamorous set by the one and only Lez Brotherston, amusing and charming choreography by Richard has been involved in non-professional theatre in Bristol since his teenage years having played over one hundred roles (including Toby Belch and Falstaff), at various venues including but not exclusively at The Minack (in Cornwall), Bristol Hippodrome and the Redgrave Theatre (Bristol). 4.0 Overall Score. Visit our. Those harbouring a bit of heartfelt Hexagone humour will find it in spades (Gareth Snook makes musical murmuring into a scene-stealing experience), while a more sophisticated exploration of the ways mental health can meddle in romantic affairs simmers beneath the surface. ‘Irresistibly charming & life affirming’: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Bristol Old Vic (Online review) In Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by John Chapman 26th September 2020 Leave a Comment Romantics Anonymous is at Bristol Old Vic until 1st February 2020 and Touring in the Spring and Summer of 2020 including Los Angeles, Washington DC and Charleston, USA. Romantics Anonymous was the final show that Emma Rice as Artistic Director of London’s Globe Theatre staged at that venue before both parted company. From the moment you open the live stream you are transported into the show’s French chocolate factory. Sandra Marvin is also excellent as straight-talking Magda, one of Jean-René's staff, Angelique's mother Brigitte and a dermatologist at the support group, Dr Maxim. Productions London (2017-18) The musical premiered at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London from 20 October 2017 running until 6 January 2018. Romantics Anonymous proves that the magic of theatre is not lost through a screen, and also reminds us of the need to keep the magic of the industry alive in these difficult times. Props are sparse but take us to a restaurant, hotel room and an emotional support group, and Etta Murfitt's choreography fills the space with energy and personality. We follow the story of Angélique and Jean René as they struggle through … Romantics Anonymous. Bristol Old Vic – January 2020. Christopher Dimond's lyrics have a simplicity and incredibly relatable quality, and are complemented by Michael Kooman's lush melodies - a heady mixture of sweet ballads and cheekier uptempo numbers. This light-hearted musical version tells the story of a cripplingly shy young couple who need to either overcome their deepest anxieties or go through life alone without ever knowing their potential for love or the possibilities in their own lives. Spoleto Festival, Charleston SC – May & June 2020. How lucky, then, that the collaboration between Wise Children and Plush Theatricals has returned, this time to Bristol Old Vic before heading across the pond to Los Angeles and Washington D.C. NEW REVIEW - Romantics Anonymous ★★★★★ Michael Boucher • Feb 11, 2020. Romantics Anonymous. This streamed production features largely the same cast, although with a little shifting of roles. Bristol Old Vic – until 1 February 2020 Originally staged at The Globe in 2017, it’s a chocolate-based treat that Emma Rice has been able to revive Romantics Anonymous under her Wise Children company umbrella and give it a new life. Review: Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic. Un triomphe. The viewing experience is … The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk Extends – With A Further Week On Demand, The West End Sings For The Show Must Go On! Streamed Live from the Bristol Old Vic ★★★★★ I‘m going to lie when I say that I had huge expectations for theatre in 2020 and I know I’m not alone. But I was disappointed by this production of Romantics Anonymous, streamed from Bristol Old Vic in a virtual form to support theatres around the country, many of which it planned to visit live. Review: Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic 3.0 stars Reader Rating 2 Votes Romance has a particular ‘look’, physique, voice and even vibe, which ruffled shirts, excessive sweating and an inclination to fainting don’t quite adhere to. The set, built by Bowerwood Production Services, is littered with illuminated neon signage. The rest of an immensely talented ensemble cast doubles, sometimes triple up in various roles, including Gareth Snook who provides absolutely hilarious, scene-stealing turns as Angelique's mentor Mercier, a mumbling member of the support group, and Madam Marini. Reader Rating 0 Votes. The production … › review-romantics-anonymous-at-bristol-old-vic Based on Lez Brotherston's original design, the stripped-back set encompasses the front of a building and balcony that changes into various locations thanks to Malcolm Rippeth's character-filled lighting: neon signs, subtle pink hues for the romantic moments, and a switch between warmer and colder tones depending on the mood of the scene. Block & Sebastian Arcelus & Seth Rudetsky 2/14 8 PM ET. The performances are lovely, the production by Emma Rice's Wise Children is characteristically imaginative, but the show itself is anodyne. Credit Steve Tanner. Before rehearsals start, the entire Romantics Anonymous team will be tested for COVID and, once given the all clear, will isolate in a large bubble. Carly Bawden as Angélique and Marc Antolin as Jean-René lead the company as respectively as the talented chocolatier and chocolate factory owner. Romantics Anonymous runs at Bristol Old Vic until 1 February. It's abundantly clear that they have a love for the material, and their commitment is astonishing - even pre-show as they distribute "magic" chocolate, and serenading in the bar at the interval! It's a script full of humour, and it was an absolute joy to be in an audience so receptive - the auditorium rang with laughter as joke after joke came thick and fast. Filled with all the joy and pain it takes to survive and love in the modern world, Romantics Anonymous is a tale that will lift any heart. Your email address will not be published. Directed by Emma Rice (Malory Towers, Wise Children, Tristan & Yseult), this beautiful new musical was meant to be on a tour of the USA before the pandemic struck. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Chocolate-making may be something of an esoteric occupation, but it has inspired the likes of Roald Dahl ( Willie Wonka ) and Joanne Harris ( Chocolat ) to highly successful books and films centred around its participants. Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic Romantics Anonymous is a toothsome confection, full of Gallic charm. This website uses cookies. From beginning to end, Romantics Anonymous proves a delightful hug of a show, chock-full of delicious wit and warmth. Gorgeous chocolate-based musical Romantics Anonymous works another coup de foudre as it briefly returns to the Bristol Old Vic before a US tour “What if we try and take a chance? Romantics Anonymous (Bristol Old Vic Live Stream via TicketCo) Rating: Verdict: A tasty return. UK & US Tour Dates. I suspect its recipe has matured since the original run, and will continue to delight as it travels stateside. It is based on the 2010 French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes by Jean-Pierre Améris and Philippe Blasband. Romantics Anonymous welcomes theatre goers with open arms into the new medium of live theatrical broadcast. The streamed British production of "Romantics Anonymous," directed by Emma Rice, is presented for Chicagoans by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I’ll admit that just the thought of change terrifies me too. Credit Steve Tanner. Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy. Emma Rice’s Romantics Anonymous is an adaptation of the 2010 French film, Les Ēmotifs Anonymes. › westend › article › BWW-Review-ROMANTIC… Both principals and ensemble are required to dance and sing culminating in an Emma Rice coup de theatre with the Angélique and Jean-René’s ‘dancing on air’ number at the conclusion, which was followed by rapturous audience approbation and a deserved standing ovation from a capacity audience. Romantics Anonymous originally played at the Globe in 2017, and this production opened at the Bristol Old Vic in January 2020, to great reviews, shortly before the world fell apart. In Romantics Anonymous, Rice has confected a bar of dairy milk – inoffensively sweet, tangy notes smoothed out – but ever so moreish. Review: Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic Live. 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By continuing to use this website you are giving consent to cookies being used. ), Marc Antolin and Audrey Brisson Reprise Their Roles for Digital Tour of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Theatres Trust Awards £25,000 In Grants To Improve Theatre Accessibility, Interview: Laura Jane Matthewson on Romantics Anonymous Digital Tour, West End star Danielle Steers releases ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ a personal collection of Jim Steinman songs, Outdoor Arts Experts Without Walls Grow Their Network as Covid-19 Continues To Challenge The Arts Sector. Credit Steve Tanner. For a play that champions daring to stray from the recipe, Romantics Anonymous is slightly lacking in innovation. It is … Packed with bittersweet charm, it’s clear to see the show deserved another life. Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. Sandra Marvin had just dropped her plants off with a friend in March, in anticipation of a three-month U.S. tour performing in the musical comedy “Romantics Anonymous.” It’s the kind of show that spreads through recommendation, one person falling in love and telling another. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC – April & May 2020 . Overall, Romantics Anonymous is a sweet production, but if live stage shows are to go virtual, they have a lot to learn from cinema. Carly Bawden Angélique. They meet by chance and feel a spark - but can the two find the recipe for professional success, alongside their own happiness? The scenes where the support group “les émotifs” meet to try and break through their painfully shy inability to share their thoughts and perceived inadequacies with each is touching to watch as each attempt to conquer their internal demons and physical conditions that these have brought about. Romantics Anonymous is a musical with music by Michael Kooman, lyrics by Christopher Dimond and book by Emma Rice. Marc Antolin is delightfully awkward as Jean-René, and the two share immediately palpable chemistry. Romantics Anonymous review — a saccharine anticlimax Bristol Old Vic online. Emma Rice has that rare talent to bring together some of the best theatrical talent around and create a theatrical experience time and time again, the effect being far greater than the sum of the parts. The Globe’s loss is every theatregoers gain! Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy. In New Christmas Single Christmas Again (The Show Must Go On! The small chamber musical based on a French film of the same name follows a pair of chocolatiers, Angélique and Jean-Pierre, who fall in … Thursday September 24 2020, 12.00pm, The Times. Gareth Snook Mercier Mumbler Marini Carly Bawden Angélique Mesha Bryan Suzanne Mimi. Clive Davis. There were occasions - in particular, when a car journey morphs from physical comedy to a remote-control car - that felt like it was trying too hard to be funny, but overall there's a slick, effortless quality to proceedings. Using the guidelines developed by sport, TV and film we have worked closely with Bristol City Council to make sure the team are kept safe and well. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a001ecb492c4ff53b9b13ad745fd0ba3" );document.getElementById("fd8b0ecf2c").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Privacy Policy Agreement * I agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. He has also directed some twenty productions. Of course being Emma Rice, whose early years were spent in the company of Cornwall’s anarchically inventive Knee High theatre, the journey “les émotifs” make is accompanied by a four person band with composer Michael Kooman’s music bringing to life Christopher Dimond’s lyrics  with a soundtrack that has both pop and syncopated rhythms that the on-stage cast bring to life and make their own with joyful enthusiasm. Romantics Anonymous. Review Romantics Anonymous, Bristol Old Vic, review: a charming, chocolatey love story that's gooey on the outside and gooey within 4/5 This live-streamed musical, embarking on … This delectable piece of theatre is the perfect afternoon treat at the Bristol Old Vic, charming audiences with an array of likeable characters in a gloriously theatrical staging from Emma Rice. He has been a theatre critic for about twenty-five years. Review: Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic Theatre It’s a tad early in the year to be saying this, but, if you’re only going to see one play in 2020 you might want to consider making it Romantics Anonymous, a delicious confection from Wise Children and Plush Theatricals, playing at Bristol Old Vic ahead of a major international tour. Romantics Anonymous continues at the Bristol Old Vic until 1 February 2020, ahead of a major tour of the United States. © Steve Tanner It seems like longer than two and a bit years since Emma Rice first unveiled Romantics Anonymous. So in love was she with her creation that she resolved to give the show an extended life with the result that many more non-London theatregoers will have the opportunity of experiencing a wonderfully warm-hearted, playful, touchingly romantic tale of two dysfunctional, painfully shy people who eventually find the happiness they yearn for each other. When Romantics Anonymous originally premiered at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2017, it received wonderful reviews and there was such a joyful buzz surrounding this show that I unfortunately didn't get to experience for myself. Whit if we simply shift our stance? Romantics Anonymous is a multifaceted gem, chock-full of love, generosity and joy, and it fits the space like a glove. Stream review of Romantics Anonymous (Book by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, music by Michael Kooman) from Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and Plush Theatricals at Bristol Old Vic - reviewer: David Chadderton Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts – March 2020.