Photo Credits, as show underneath each picture.
Thursday Night saw the official launch of a new West End Musical at the Arts Theatre the heart of London's West End,
"Knights Of The Rose" launched on 5th July 2018, with a red carpet and press event.
The cast include "Ruben Van Keer" who plays John (Previous roles include Cover Strat in Bat Out Of Hell The Musical). Andy Moss, (Hollyoaks) and Chris Cowley (Fiyero in Wicked).
Overall the show's first half was stronger performance wise than the second half. Don't let the bad reviews put you off though, as I enjoyed it and thought it was a wonderful night out at the theatre as the strong line up of actors makes up for a struggling storyline.
The first half has many songs, including Bonnie Tyler's "I need a Hero", and Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory", its a mix of songs from well known artists, hilarious comedy timing and beautifully narrated by Ruben Van Keer, who plays John, he delivered the story in a way that keeps you going along with the story, even if in parts you are wondering "what's going to happen next". Ruben has a very strong voice which if you've seen him in the 2017 run of Bat Out Of Hell, will leave you wondering why he didn't get a bigger singing role in this production... the songs that he does get to sing (including the occasional) rock song stands out big time with his impressive vocals.
A Stand out performance for me, was Chris Cowley, who plays "Sir Palamon", who is a bad guy, (pictured left), who randomly in the second half pulls out a rather modern electric guitar for a story which is set many years before such things were invited;
His Character, who sets up another character to die in the show with his evil revenge plan to get his true love; doesn't necessary go to plan, and for me, wanting to get up on stage and change the story... (If I say what I'll spoil it).
Chris has a very strong vocal performance in the show and is a stand out.
If you are a fan of Andy Moss, (who has another strong vocal) and love watching him on stage... He meets his fate rather early on...
Whilst Knights Of The Rose Officially opened on London's West End on Thursday, I feel that there is some work still to be done in the second half; there's parts where it doesn't work, and other scenes that need cutting down; and I think (even being the coolest venue I've been in), The Arts Theatre isn't the right size stage for this production; a bigger venue would suit it better;
Overall, its a show that's developing, and I enjoyed it and thought that the cast are working their backsides off to make sure this delivers on stage...
It's currently playing at the "Arts Theatre" but would double check, as Friday's show was abandoned due to cast "sickness", and has been cancelled the rest of the weekend; details can be found via http://knightsoftherose.co.uk/
Playing Arts Theatre until Sunday 26th August 2018.