Set in the ‘Grand Hotel, Berlin’ in 1929 on the cusp of the emergence of the Nazi Party, this production revolved around five very different lives, their hopes and aspirations – Baron Felix von-Gaigern, a penniless aristocrat (Graeme Walton), Elizaveta Grushinskaya, a ‘fading’ ballerina (Eileen Glenton), Flaemmchen, a typist (Rebecca Turner), Hermann Preysing, a director of a failing company (Olly Burton) and Otto Kringelein, a dying book keeper (Anthony Smith). All played their roles splendidly and ‘set the scene’ during the first Act for what was to come at the climax.
It would be wrong to suppose this production did not benefit from many other equally important roles - far too many to mention - however special praise must be paid to Clark Adamson, the cynical crippled ‘Doctor’ who remained in character throughout (even during the ‘bows’) and Steven Berry as ‘Erik’ who sang and acted the part of cowed desk clerk superbly.
A fixed set of the hotel lobby was well suited to the action and each balcony and alcove was fully utilised. Costumes were authentic for the period, especially the ladies.
Orchestration under the baton of Steven Hood was sympathetic to both the rich score and performers alike, whilst Kathleen Knox’s choreography was up to its normal high standard. At times the stage did look a little ‘cluttered’ with the large chorus but this did not detract from the spectacle that was ‘Grand Hotel.’ Fred Wharton and the whole society are to be congratulated on bringing this lavish production to the stage. After visiting the Gala theatre & watching your production of Grand Hotel I feel I must tell you what a great musical it was.
by Gordon Richardson
I congratulate you & would like you to pass my congratulations on to every one involved from top to bottom.
Thank you for a lovely evening.
by Norman Bentham
I was a bit dubious at first with the doctors disability, Otto's waiting to die, the has been ballet dancer, the boardroom man, the pregnant typist, plus the reception man waiting for the birth of his baby.
There seemed to be so much sadness, but as the show progressed I began to enjoy the story and the singing (always fabulous) enormously.
by Cherry Bartell
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