The Glass Piano
26th April to 25th May 2019
“Alexandra tiptoes carefully through the palace corridors, turning sideways to pass through doorways, terrified that at the slightest disturbance the piano would shatter inside her. Her father King Ludwig can do nothing to help – until a young man comes to the palace.”
Review by Richard Lambert, 5 Stars
Wow, an authentic period drama. With a plot line that leaves you wondering til the end. Is the Glass Piano inside Alexandra real or a psychiatric disorder? With an over-riding theme that “love conquers all” it’s witty, funny, sad and touching but most importantly done absolutely brilliantly!
With a Set that’s cleverly integrated into the very structure of the theatre and in a venue that matches the era, this production was meant to be at the wonderful Coronet in Notting Hill! Even though the play is set in Bavaria you’re transported into the palacial lifestyles of the Royal Family. And as the maid says “Royalty are a strange species”.
Declan Randall‘s lighting rig is practically a museum of lighting fixtures through the ages. From big old fresnels to moving lights mounted from every angle imaginable. The cathedralesque beams of light coming down from the building super-structure, the carefully angled patterns of light creating form and structure in the air and across the black floor. There aren’t that many fixtures but they all make their mark! It’s grand and decadent, every picture loving painted in light! I would encourage every young lighting designer to go see this production – it’s quite awesome!
The cast are spot on. The script never flops. The action and staging expertly directed by Max Key. The Wow Factor permeates every department of this production!
If you’ve never been to the Coronet – this would be a great way to start! If you have been before, this is the reason to come back. A beautiful production in a beautiful building. Watch an excellent production! This is why you live in London!
Grace Molony plays Alexandra
Suzan Sylvester plays Galstina
Timothy Walker plays Ludwig I
Laurence Ubong Williams plays Lucien
Elizabeth Rossiter – Pianist
Max Key – Director
Alix Sobler – Writer
Set and lighting design by Declan Randall
Costume design by Deborah Andrews
Choreography by Hubert Essakow
Sound design by Emma Laxton
Dates: 26 April – 25 May (no performance Monday 6 May)
Times: Monday – Saturday eves at 7.30pm
Prices: £25/£30 Previews all seats £20
Concessions: Monday – Thursday eves £20/£25
Mondays: All seats £15 for under 30’s, those in full-time education; in receipt of benefits. Proof of eligibility for discounts required upon collection of tickets.
Box Office: 020 3642 6606
www.the-print-room.org or in person
Address: 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB
Nearest tube: Notting Hill