A six-strong cast of actor-musicians so versatile that they easily populate designer Katie Lias’ streets of an “olden-time” London town. Their storytelling is totally compelling from the get-go under Abigail Pickard Price’s tight, sparky direction.
Odimba also skilfully skirts the question of the King’s six wives, including only the scheming figure of Anne-Marie Piazza’s full-blooded Lady Whatsit as a self-proclaimed “almost queen”, bent on becoming the power behind the throne of the young prince whose coronation she thinks she is orchestrating. (WhatsOnStage)
For pure comedy value, Anne Marie’s gold digging Lady Whatsit is a triumph. I wish we had seen more of her. Like a historical footballer’s wife, she had that ‘gagging for it’ greed about her that really tickled me.
Once again, The Watermill has pulled off an super-creative family show – perfect for culture vultures and anyone who wants to dial down the cheese. The cast is small, but ridiculously talented. They act, sing, dance and play instruments. All of them! (MuddyStilettos)
Anne-Marie Piazza plays a variety of characters including Lady Whatsit and the Father who teaches Tom to read and play guitar. This is lovely Christmas outing for the family with a powerful message for the kids but delivered in a charming production which takes liberties with the original story to make it appeal to the young audiences. A real treat for all the Berkshire schools. (Pocket Size Theatre)
The six-strong actor-musicians are impressive multi-talented performers who play a wide variety of instruments, double up on characters with ease and have a great rapport with the audience.
The ambitious Lady Whatsit (Anne-Marie Piazza) is determined to become Queen but is thwarted…Tarek Merchant’s music captures the mood and period perfectly and Katie Lias’s inventive London set has lots of surprises. (British Theatre Guide)
An endearing ensemble of six bring a lyrical verve to this adaptation, once again showing the Watermill Theatre to be one of the finest venues for singer-performer-led shows. Anne-Marie Piazza is an amusing presence…. stealing most of her scenes…These six bring an energy to the intimate theatre space they’re in, and the strongest moments of this production are when it cuts loose, relying on its talented cast… I can’t fault a slick, skilful production that plays to the intimate venue’s strengths. (Daily Info)
The multi-talented cast play numerous characters, sing and play their own instruments…effortlessly moved between script and song with ease, as well as a variety of different characters. The story is carried along by the music, which is almost continuously present throughout….they perfectly enhance the storytelling and intertwine with the acting: some gentle melodies and others upbeat, lively numbers. (Basingstoke Gazette)
The six-strong actor/musicians are impressive multi-talented performers who play a wide variety of instruments and double-up on characters with ease and have a great rapport with the audience.
The ambitious Lady Whatsit (Anne-Marie Piazza) is determined to become Queen and is thwarted when the ailing King dies, but hopes that Prince Edward will give her a position within court..(Newbury Today)
Anne-Marie Piazza’s performance as Lady Whatsit was also a highlight, putting over her songs so well that the audience wanted to burst into spontaneous applause — only prevented from doing so by the action being pushed along to another scene. (Henley Standard)