A taste of HOTEL FOR CRIMINALS isn't nearly enough...

With consistent 4 and 5-star reviews, and composer Stanley Silverman's statement that Patrick Kennedy's London premiere is "equal to Richard Foreman's original [production]," HOTEL FOR CRIMINALS is the must-see show in London this fall. A trailer lasts forever, but the show only continues until this Saturday, 29 October at New Wimbledon Studio, so get your tickets!

When Five Fifty Five Productions was presented the opportunity by the talented director Patrick Kennedy and Wanderlust Theatre Productions to produce the trailer and extended trailer for the UK's premiere production of Hotel for Criminals, we were thrilled to participate. Shortly following the release of the trailers, London Live premiered the trailer on air prior to Luke Blackall's interview with composer Stanley Silverman.

 

 

 

Hotel For Criminals is a brilliantly sophisticated and funny reworking of Louis Feuillade’s silent film phantasmagoria that chronicles the foul deeds and the mysterious powers of Fantomas, Irma Vep, and a scheming vampire gang by Richard Foreman. The operetta's composition by Obie Award winning and Grammy Award nominated composer Stanley Silverman, provides a smorgasbord of styles from pre-WWI Russian and French music to classical and jazz.

Co-directors Kiri Cragin-Folwell and Kate Baxter sought to manifest the avant-garde and jolting scenes from Richard Foreman's libretto taking their visiual inspiration for the trailers from Maya Deren's work, as well as from one of their favourite silent films: Metropolis by Fritz Lang. DOP Dagmar Scheibenreif beautifully captured portions of Patrick Kennedy's brilliant staging, design and choreography from his London production to the backdrop of possibly the best of the show's Hero songs: 'Do Not Enter.'

In the London production, as in the trailers, the music is performed by Kate Baxter playing Irma Vep (an anagram for 'Vampire') and her gang of criminals including: Ben Rawlings (Julot), Nick Brittain (Gaston), Louis Rayneau (Duchamp), and Tom Whalley (Lacloche). The trailers exhibit the other principals in the cast including Niccolò Curradi (Fantomas), Alistair Frederick (Max) and Maddie Nicole Jennings (Helene), with a cameo from the director as a gang member. Full credits can be found in the description of the trailers.

With consistent 4 and 5-star reviews, and composer Stanley Silverman's statement that Patrick Kennedy's London premiere is "equal to Richard Foreman's original [production]," Hotel for Criminals is the must-see show in London this fall. A trailer lasts forever, but the show only continues until this Saturday, 29 October at New Wimbledon Studio, so get your tickets!