Girls night out at the theatre

Last night I went out with some friends for a meal and then to the theatre.

We started at Joe Daflos bar and restaurant for dinner.  It’s an old converted church with a nice atmosphere and it’s right opposite the Mayflower so perfect for a pre-theatre meal.  The menu consists of a variety of dishes, and a specials board.  It’s posher than your typical pub grub, but still reasonably priced with good sized portions – we all had a starter, a main and a large glass of wine, and the bill came to about £20 each.  I had garlic and rosemary bread as a starter followed by a sirloin steak with roasted vine cherry tomatoes in a classic chasseur sauce which was very tasty.

After our meal we went to see The Producers at The Mayflower theatre in Southampton.  It is a musical that has been adapted from the film of the same name.  I don’t think it would be something I’d normally pick up on and go to see, but as there were a group of friends going, and I like musicals I thought I’d give it a go.

The storyline is about a producer and his accountant who decide a good way to make money is to produce a flop, and fiddle the books.  The version we saw was starring Cory English as Max Bialystock, the producer, Joe Pasquale as Leo Bloom, the accountant turned producer and Russ Abbot as Roger DeBris, the director.

The show was really funny – I particularly liked the part where Max and Leo first go to visit Roger to persuade him to be the director for the new show.  It’s a really funny scene where Roger’s male common-law assistant camps his way around stage before bringing in Roger in a really garish dress…he’s off to a fancy dress party.  It then goes on to Roger introducing the producers to the rest of his crew, who are all equally overtly camp.

None of the songs were particularly memorable (apart from ‘Springtime for Hilter’ which my husband annoyingly keeps on singing!), but the whole show worked well with plenty to keep everyone entertained.


2 Responses to “Girls night out at the theatre”

  1. davidlind Says:

    I always wondered what it would be like to live in GB and I am afraid that living vicariously through the posts of your adventures has become a pastime.

    Probably in a past life we lived there and just enjoy revisiting to see how things have changed. Or it’s genetic. Whatever is most comfortable.

  2. davidlind Says:

    I’m needing some more entertainment from across the pond. Could you please make arrangements to do something fun this weekend? I’m feeling adventurous in a vicarious sort of way.

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