The Entire Universe in 27 Days

I can’t even begin to describe that past couple of weeks, the highs, the lows, the tantrums and tiaras… It certainly has been epic, magical and mind blowing all in one go – and I’ve made it out the other side! I’m currently sat in paradise, in my little country cottage, feet up, family around, recovering from the whirlwind I’m going to share with you now!

Opening night of 27 arrived to mixed, but mainly sensational reviews, and I have to say if you still haven’t seen it you have till October 22nd to make sure you do! 27 Here is me loving life in this photo with the some of the overwhelmingly talented cast Cassie Compton, Jack Donnelly, Ryan Molloy and Jason Kajdi, out incredible writer Sam Cassidy and special guests for the night Noel Fielding and Tim Minchin. There are no words for how proud I am of what we have achieved, West End transfer anyone?

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I was as you know also working round the clock to create the Entire Universe alongside Eric Idle and Brian Cox, that after a couple of crazy days at Elstree studios I am SO excited for you all to see it this christmas! Working with the genius of these two, as well and the amazing Noel Fielding and Warwick Davis, my allstar assistant Richard Roe and my fabulous team of dancers – whom thanks to my darling daughter Alana designing their makeup looked nothing short of sensational! I can’t reveal any proper snaps yet, you’ll just have to wait and see, and believe me its worth the wait!

I was lucky enough to attend the very glamorous Aspinal event for London Fashion Week at Claridges, and what a treat that was! Especially spying actual David Gandy in the flesh…

I also popped in to see Gaby Roslin to talk about the genius of 27, and found a few friends along the way!

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Until next time, Love Arlene x

 

Tuesday Twoday

I’m emerging from the depths of double rehearsals to fill you in on all the latest goings on here on Planet Arlene! Rushing between technical rehearsals for 27 to getting started on The Universe doesn’t leave a lot of time… and yet somehow I’ve managed to fit all this in…

I had the most wonderful time at the press night for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. I loved, loved the show, and loved even more seeing my dearest Orfeh – Broadway legend and original Annette in Saturday Night Fever there, and her phenomenally talented husband Andy Karl who is starring at Phil Connors. A supremely talented cast and incredible set, I hope the show gets the transfer it so richly deserves. Orfeh also took the time to pop in to 27 rehearsals, much to the delight of the cast! IMG_4490
I had a great time at the London Autumn Season Event, and spent most of the evening talking all things dance with the divine Tamara Rojo.

It certainly is theatre theatre theatre at the moment as I also popped in to see Motown, and took along a very unique and brave friend Tonia who I was thrilled to spend the evening with.

I also took a trip down the road to watch the incredible new production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park open air theatre, that literally blew my mind. Declan Bennett was the most heartbreakingly beautiful Jesus, I have never seen the role played so exquisitely, and his rendition of Gethsemane brought me to tears. Bravo to all involved, it was a stunning evening. Bumping into the gorgeous Gerard Butler wasn’t too bad either!

I managed to make it over to ITV to catch up with the gorgeous Loose Women and my darling Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway to talk all things 27. Make sure you get booking as it’s a limited run and it’s selling out fast! http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/27 I was also lucky enough while I was there to meet the incredible Nicola Adams, what a legend!

I was back to watch the beautiful piece I created for Candoco with the incredible  Joel and Laura “You and I Know”, on the Southbank, in the sunshine with our dear friends Flea and John Keeble of Spandau Ballet fame, and the supremely talented Matt Wills, co writer of 27, who were all as moved to tears as I am every time I watch it. If you haven’t already make sure you check for dates as it really is not to be missed.
Finally, I managed to find time to get to my favourite, the Primrose Hill market and stock up on all things delicious for the week ahead! Romeo was pretty pleased with all the delicious fresh ham, and tried several times to make off with the packet…

Make sure you check out my twitter and Instagram for more pics and updates on the go, and I’ll be back with all the gossip from the entire Universe soon!

Love Arlene x