Vaudeville Theatre
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Master Class
By Terrence McNally
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Show Details
Preview 21st Jan 12
Opens 7th Feb 12
Closes 28th Apr 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat, 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm
2hr 20min

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  • Tyne Daly - Maria Callas
  • Dianne Pilkington - Sophie De Palma
  • Naomi O'Connell - Sharon Graham
  • Gerard Carey - Stagehand
  • Garrett Sorenson - Anthony Candolino
  • Jeremy Cohen - Emmanuel Weinstock
Maria Callas & Tyne Daly


  • Playwright - Terrence McNally
  • Scenery - Thomas Lynch
  • Costume - Martin Pakledinaz
  • Lighting - David Lander
  • Sound - Jon Gottlieb
  • Director - Stephen Wadsworth

A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


Maria Callas


Maria CallasMaria Callas did for Opera what Dennis Brain did for the french horn (being the first real player to play the instrument without loads of mistakes) and what Tiger Woods did for golf and so on. She was a real woman and an outstanding human with a talent for wit, truth and the courage to display it - even prior to the stifling wet blanket of the holy PC that puts men and women in the blender nowadays. She was real. She was there and what's more she was breathtakingly good. This play has evoked her reality once more.

What a burden for a woman to bear - even as the emancipation of women was ending the 4 millennia Roman rule of the suppression of women by every means and every religion supported or invented by the Romans. Maria Callas did for women artists what most great actresses and performers were hesitant to emulate.

Tyne DalyLet alone portray. There have been several insulting attempts that rely on OTT drama and screeching - all jackals nipping at the massive paws of a lion. Tyne Daly merely deprecates the beauty, the stature and the magnificence of the real Callas by portraying her as a ranting bully who props up her self obsession by barking a series of cheap put-downs that were clearly considered funny in New York. I would wager they had some canned laughter at the ready in London should they need to break the iciness of embarrassment. Daly then indulges in a set of personal exposés of her 'glory days' taking hall mark nostalgia in her strides. Maria Callas had some elegant neck - whereas Tyne's approach looks too mannish to properly portray Callas' dignity and unmistakable femininity. Not her fault - the least they could have done for her in make-up was to have given her a proud Greek nose.

Masterclass - Tyne Daly

But you should not miss this play. The publicity emphasises the meanness for rabble pleasers. Daly has a reputation for courageous chutzpah and a sense of humour - so she was chosen to hold a candle - hey even the Whingers gave it 4 out of 5 - it surely highlights the parasitic trend of feasting from exhumed fame while trashing its original famous woman owner on the way. A bit like the popular Iron Lady's scurrilous and inaccurate presentation of Thatcher - while she still lives - how mean is that?

Before you go, your enjoyment will be heightened if you look at the video enclosed which will give you a taste of how Callas rode her charriot through the violence and disgust of women suppressors and torturers through the ages.... including their women who are all too eager to join forces to put down one of their kind that outshines them so publicly as Callas most certainly did.

Maria Callas was a brilliant communicator in everything she did. Even as the word 'diva' is used as a term of disparagement these days. Callas was a prima donna in its true old sense and she still is - despite the bumourless press and even the crass auction of the relics of her later life.


Maria Callas takes masterclass at Julliards school of music - (very famous in New York). By various accounts she did this as immaculately as she did everything else, passing her talent and wisdom on as much as she could. Would this be good box office though? Hardly.

By now everyone will be aware of the way any famous person or powerful person of either sex is hung by the press and their readers and watchers - eager for their daily swill of salacious nonsense. The press and it's audience are drowning in a welter of envy and a desire to reduce them to the blend acceptable to what Callas dubbed as the tasteless 'televitz' in the 50's and the current government dictat of 'PC' as per the facebook blender called 'globalisation'. There seems to be more money in them hills of spills and kills.

Nonetheless there is a turning point in Earth's energy this century - long heralded as 2012. Maybe this play will help people to see live - and in 3D - one such starkly portrayed injustice against women in particular and artists in general. It seems the end has never been so nigh.

© 2017 Updated 5th Jun 2012