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Previewed 14 April 2010, Opened 20 April 2010, Closed 5 June 2010 at the Novello Theatre in London
Grumpy Old Women - Live 2! Chin Up Britain - The Grumpies Fight Back - Yes they're back and they're grumpier than ever! Starring Jenny Eclair, Wendi Peters and Susie Blake. This new production comes into London's West End following an 11 week UK tour in Aumtumn 2009.
A brand spanking new show from three of Britain's Top Grumps, including; Jenny "the spleen burster" Eclair - the original grump and star of many grumpy shows including the West End run and the tour of Australia. Wendi 'mad dog' Peters - the all singing, all dancing ex Corrie grrrrrrrrump; and finally the Queen of Soap, Stage and taking things back to Marks and Spencers, Ms Susie 'the huffer' Blake, (looks like a normal middle aged woman - but scarier). Ninety minutes of advanced Grumping - plus vital tips on getting through these gloomy days the Grumpy way! Jenny Eclair's West End theatre credits include the comedy Steaming at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1997.
"As Jenny Eclair gets a writing credit, it is only fair that she ends up with most of the best lines. The jollity tends to lose some of its fizz, in fact, whenever she steps out of the spotlight. Susie Blake and Wendi Peters are good troupers, but both are, in the end, actresses delivering their lines. Eclair, on the other hand, is clearly experiencing a midlife crisis, a nervous breakdown, the menopause and a sugar rush all at once. Oh, and her knickers have probably sprung a leak as well. Her swearing and her urge to rub indelicate parts of her anatomy prompted a few gasps from the more staid members of the audience... Given the show's call for women's need to revive some of the sturdy values of our Finest Hour, the raunchiness has genuine shock value. We enter a world where the sisters are capable of sobbing over Brief Encounter one minute, and then sounding off like Readers' Wives." The Times
"For all the boisterous, mop-in-hand energy of our three hostesses for the evening - veteran grouch-bag Jenny Eclair, together with TV regulars Susie Blake and Wendi Peters - there's little disguising the fact that this chorus of tutting disapproval has been around the block one too many times. Eclair and co-writer Judith Holder have cooked up a new script, but essentially this sequel runs along the same lines as the original 2005 touring incarnation. If anything, this is a slicker proposition, but that's part of the problem - the exasperation at the ageing process and anger at life's minor irritations have started to feel over-rehearsed." The Daily Telegraph
Grumpy Old Women in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 14 April 2010, opened on 20 April 2010 and closed on 5 June 2010.
Grumpy Old Women - Live!
Previewed 12 June 2006, opened 14 June 2006, closed 15 July 2006 at the Lyric Theatre in London
Following sell-out tours in 2005 and 2006, the Grumpy Old Women are back with a vengeance at London's Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited one month run.
Have you reached 'that certain age'? Are you a little bit hot, a little bit hairy? Are you more likely to shake your rolling pin than your booty? Is there stuff you'd like to get off your saggy old chest? If so, then join Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson and Dillie Keane for a live grump fest. Together, Jenny, Linda and Dillie host an orgy of middle aged mayhem, 90 minutes of theatrical HRT with not a thong in sight. Prompt start, prompt finish. With any luck you'll be home in time to watch Desperate Housewives and put a wash on. Marvellous.
Grumpy Old Women Live is inspired by the ratings busting BBC2 series - which was watched by up to 4.8 million viewers per episode - and a best selling Grumpy Old Women Handbook. Now this celebration of the pre, peri and post menopausal female condition comes to London's West End starring Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson and Dillie Keane.
"This three-women show didn't excite high expectations. The Grumpy Old Women Live review is an offshoot of the eponymous BBC2 programme in which older women complain about everything they don't like about modern life and growing old... But there is an extraordinary gusto and energy to the performances and the material is more fantastical and funnier than in the original TV show. Jenny Eclair, good-natured and foul-mouthed, is an eclipsing presence on stage, and Dillie Keane, who plays an older, twinset-ish middle-aged trout , has some wonderful set pieces. Linda Robson was the most subdued of the trio... The occasional more predictable joke didn't matter. The audience, largely made up of robust middle-aged women, roared." The Sunday Telegraph
"In this live spin-off from the BBC2 series, itself a spin-off from its Y-chromosomed forebear Grumpy Old Men, the new triple act of Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Linda Robson turn talking-head tskings into a slickly scripted evening of comedy. And, surprisingly, it really works... There are standard stand-up gripes here about how rubbish everything is. But Eclair and co-writer Judith Holder ensure the material reflects shared woes about being, as Eclair puts it, 'the in-betweenies': not properly old, not properly young." The Times
"Grumpy Old Women is traditional observational stand-up channelled into a gushing stream of soundbites. Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Linda Robson, bounding around a cheap and cheerful set dominated by a giant pink sofa, complement each other perfectly." The Daily Telegraph
"The trio's gripes and groans, made famous on television, is acted out in a cosy living room set. Their complaints are not all gender-specific... Nor are all the quirks age-specific: "Some days I even remember my pin number," quips Dillie Keane wistfully... Jenny Eclair's saucy suss was the show-stealer. The 46-year-old comic's monologues gave the show its momentum, drawing the bigger laughs with her one-liners even where her line was not the climax of the sequence." The Independent
"If you are planning to celebrate your divorce, mourn your lost youth, or simply want a feel-good night out with the girls, Grumpy Old Women is the perfect ticket. Dillie Keane, Jenny Eclair and Linda Robson are the talking heads who have transferred from screen to peach boudoir stage and they have strong, instant personalities - snooty, snotty and houseproud... More uplifting than a reinforced Wonderbra." The London Evening Standard
Grumpy Old Women Live! in London at the Lyric Theatre previewed from 12 June 2006, opend on 14 June 2006 and closed on 15 July 2006
Grumpy Old Women - Live Tour 2009
Grumpy Old Women - Live! 2007
Following the sell out UK tour last year, which included a run in London's West End, the Grumpy Old Women are back on the road in 2007 touring by popular Grumpy demand. Starring Denis Black, Britt Ekland and Dillie Keane. (Casting subject to change).
Have you reached that certain age? Are you more likely to be shaking your rolling pin than your booty? Are you a little bit hot, a little bit hairy? Then join the Grumpy Old Women for a live grump fest. Three furious females take to the stage for an orgy of middle aged mayhem, 90 minutes of theatrical HRT with not a thong in sight. Treading the boards and making them creak across the country, watch out, the Grumpy Old Women are coming to a theatre near you... Don't forget your bifocals. Grumpy Old Women Live is written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. The stage production is directed by Hannah Chissick.
The 2007 UK Tour of Grumpy Old Women Live starred Denise Black, Britt Ekland and Dillie Keane.
Denise Black is, by her own admission, a superb actress. She wouldn't be grumpy at all if it weren't for other people. She is probably best known for starring as hairdresser Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, a role she played from 1992 until 1996, with a brief comeback to woo Ken again this year. Prior to her career on screen, Denise had - and continues to have - a passionate interest in theatre and music. Her first job was with the Actor's Touring Company, performing plays around the globe, including the South American continent, Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia and the Orkney Islands. Denise currently lives in Brighton - the graveyard of ambition - with husband Paul, children Sam and Dandy and two dogs.
Internationally acknowledged as one of the world's most beautiful women, Britt Ekland was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her career was launched at the age of fifteen when she appeared in a toothpaste commercial. She then attended drama school for two years and gained acting experience as a member of a touring theatre company. A small role in an Alberto Sordi movie in Sweden led to her first feature, Il Commendante, in Rome. The next stop was in London for the lead in the television drama, A Cold Peace. Then it was back to Rome to star with Peter Sellers in After the Fox, directed by Vittorio De Sica. Britt has since starred in over thirty feature films and has made countless television appearances around the world. Britt Ekland is a proud Patron of the Alzheimer's Society.
Dillie Keane has been a show off since childhood and her family were very happy that she found a career that paid her for it. Most famously she founded the international cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, who played six seasons in London's West End, various runs off-Broadway New, plus San Francisco, Singapore, Kenya, New Zealand and several tours of Australia including a month at the Sydney Opera House. Fascinating Aida were nominated for three Olivier Awards and a Drama Desk Award in New York. Dillie's television and film credits include Grumpy Old Women (BBC TWO) and little else that anyone would remember. In fact, most of them were so appalling that she has erased them from her own memory. Last year, she was awarded a Doctorate of Letters by the University of Portsmouth as an acknowledgement of her career in the theatre and also for her continuing links with the city. She is very pleased to be a patron of the Kings Theatre, Southsea, where she grew up and didn't realise she was at school with Denise Black.
Grumpy Old Women - Live! 2006