Marry Me A Little | Barn Theatre Cirencester | Online Stream | Review

Marry Me A Little 
19/11/20
Barn Theatre Cirencester (Online Stream)
Reviewed by Mia Goddard 
★★★★★

Despite the challenges of this year, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has worked wonders in order to keep theatre alive. Unfortunately their latest production of Marry Me A Little had its run cut short by a second UK lockdown, but luckily it's been superbly captured for a virtual audience. 

Conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman RenĂ©, Marry Me A Little is a one act musical that contains cut songs from Sondheim's better-known musicals, as well as songs from his then-unproduced musical 'Saturday Night' to a dialogue-free plot about the relationship between two ex-lovers, who are in emotional conflict during an evening in their separate apartments. Despite knowing of the other's existence, they never get up the courage to talk to each other, though they imagine what such an encounter might be like.

The Barn Theatre's production directed by Kirk Jameson was simply a delight to watch. The set design by Gregor Donnelly creates the illusion of two New York apartments side by side on stage and the back screen projects photos of the two leads, along with text messages and scenic backdrops, which is highly affective. 

Rob Houchen and Celinde SchoenmakerRob Houchen's vocal strength is immaculate and the commitment he has throughout the piece is a joy to watch. His rendition of 'Happily Ever After' was a high point of the evening. Celinde Schoenmaker has a gorgeous soprano voice and she sings with real expression. She is especially marvellous delivering the title song. Both truly understands the need to perform a song, rather than just sing it.

I've seen both performers in past shows / concerts and it was wonderful to see these two back onstage together again, especially during these times. 

The production is being streamed online from the 19th - 22nd November. Get your tickets here: https://barntheatre.org.uk/performances/marry-me-a-little-online-stream

 Photo Credit: Eve Dunlop