Friday, 28 January 2011

Love Story: A Review

Earlier this week, I went to the Duchess Theatre, in Covent Garden, to see a play called 'Love Story'. I've been a fan of the Theatre ever since I was about 10, when my aunts took me to see Dick Whittington.
For me, there's something extra special about seeing a play, especially in London's West End and I have tried to catch as many plays as I can. All the the actors are right in front of you and you can see the set change, not to mention there is always a lot of added emotion as seeing a play is so much more personal and real than seeing a movie.

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I took my friend along and it was our first time at Duchess Theatre. It's a small, intimate theatre and we had really great seats, so absolutely loved it.
The play itself was beautiful. It was a musical, and so well produced and reall well acted. Love Story is based on a book, by Erich Segal, which was later made into a movie, and is said to be one of the most romantic films of all time.
It's set in New York, during the 1960's and is the story about love (thus the name) between two really different people. Oliver Barratt IV, played by Michael Xavier, is a preppy, rich guy, who goes to Harvard and is a hockey player. Jenny Cavilleri, played by the very talented Emma Williams, is the complete opposite: she's poor, goes to Radcliffe and loves playing music. Their paths cross and they fall in love.

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The play was brilliant, to say the least. It was well acted, the singing was fantastic and the set was beautiful. There was an orchestra at the back of the stage at all times, playing at various times, which added to the great atmosphere. It was a very small cast on stage, and the chemistry on stage between Emma and Michael was beautiful and they were both great actors. Michael was also very attractive, and you do get lucky enough to see him without a shirt for one of the scenes.

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The play starts off light hearted, and there were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, followed by some quite passionate scenes. It's a really sweet story at the beginning and you do fall in love with both main characters. But the story quickly takes a sad turn and left me in tears for the last half hour, and looking around me, everyone else had tear stained faces as well. I like to think that I have composure while out in public, but I couldn't control myself. I'm obviously not going to ruin it for those of you who don't know the story, but I really couldn't help myself at the end: the tears kept coming out. The acting was so good and the story was so beautiful that it's hard not to be touched by it.

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My favourite love story has always been The Notebook, but I think this one trumps it by far. I'm definitely going to be picking up the book and will be recommending the play to everyone I meet. If you like a good love story, definitley go and watch this. It will seriously go straight to your heart. And don't forget to take tissues!

For more information, check out the website and the Facebook page.

Sherin xx

P.S. All pictures are from the Love Story Website.

17 comments:

claire (jazzpad.) said...

Aaaw two loves of my life - a good play and love stories :) Your accolade has made me google the book, I'm on it!:) jazzy ♥

Hannah said...

The plays sounds lovely! I love going to the theatre and try to do several trips a year whether it be musicals or plays. I really want to see the Ladies in Black this year and Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate and David Tennant. I've never seen the Notebook, always though it would be too cheesy for me but I like the sound of this s maybe it isn't too bad after all!!


Hannah xx

Henar said...

I loved this review, fantastic!
xx

Henar
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Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous review, darling!
Sounds like a wonderful play!

xoxox,
CC

tanvii.com said...

Awww! I wanna see the play now ...

Claire said...

You NEED to see "Somewhere in Time". Brilliant, brilliant love-story film. Tragedy and hope and just bags of romance.

I didn't know Love Story was on the stage..

Kavery said...

Nothing better than a good play and Love Story is a great one to see. Even watching the movie with Ryan and Ali McGraw made me cry!

Style Eyes said...

I haven't been to the theatre for ages but you have definitely inspired me to go. This play sounds great.

Leia said...

This sounds like such an awesome play!

Leia

Winnie said...

Aww this sounds really good! I'd love to check out the book/film as I don't think I'll be able to see the play. I kind of have a love/hate with films that make me cry- haha.

Filipa said...

But now you have me all curious about how it ends! And what are the chanced I will get to see it?none :( But I could get a book, but wouldnt it be jsut easier if you told us Sherin? :P

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

so pretty. x hivennn. p.s enter my jeffrey campbell giveaway?

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

better than the notebook...really? that's a pretty good review. i really liked watching plays when i was younger too.

following you now.

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Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

It sounds amazing, and also amazing to see a play in London's West End! I would love to! I did theatre growing up and in high school. There is just nothing like it. :)

Have a great weekend sweet friend!

Rachel

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I have only seen the movie, but the play looks fantastic!! I love all these photos and your review. I wish I could see this play! :)

pixelhazard said...

Aw like an onstage rom com, seems liek something i'd enjoy

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oomph. said...

i miss seeing plays like these. i can still remember The Damn Yankees...my dad took us when we were kids. it was the best i've seen here. i loved all the prop changes. nowadays it seems like they use less props (here, anyways)...maybe it's a budget thing...

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