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Review: Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre, London)

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Ever since Garbo leaned against the door-jamb of her luxury suite and murmured ‘I want to be alone’, the glamour and intrigue of Grand Hotels has captured public imagination. In Liverpool, the landmark Adelphi Hotel had its profile boosted by carriage trade from the ocean liners arriving from the New World and statesmen, gangsters and […]

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Review: Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Union Theatre)

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Ever since Garbo leaned against the door-jamb of her luxury suite and murmured ‘I want to be alone’, the glamour and intrigue of Grand Hotels has captured public imagination. In Liverpool, the landmark Adelphi Hotel had its profile boosted by carriage trade from the ocean liners arriving from the New World and statesmen, gangsters and […]

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Review: Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre)

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Can she or can’t she? Most of the first-night audience were secretly betting Kim Cattrall wouldn’t be able to shake off the shadow of ‘Samantha Jones’ from ‘Sex and the City’ and turn herself into Noel Coward’s wittiest and most romantic heroine. In assailing the best-constructed comedy in the English Language as well as the […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Broadway Theatre Studio)

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A sparking well-paced revival brings fresh life to a family drama with feminist overtones in Thom Southerland’s revival of Hobson’s Choice at the cosy but comfortable Broadway Studio in Catford. The piece follows three daughters of a bullying shopkeeper struggling to achieve independence and identity against a background of male supremacy, alcoholism and Victorian mill-town […]

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Review: Megan Mullally (Vaudeville Theatre)

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You could be forgiven for thinking that a sitcom actress who pockets thirteen million dollars a season for Will and Grace might indulge herself with any kind of vanity project including hiring a band and the Vaudeville Theatre for a debut week in the West End. But this isn’t a vanity, Mullally has worked with […]

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Review: Legally Blonde The Musical (Savoy Theatre)

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The producers of Legally Blonde The Musical played a long game with five weeks of previews to build a popular word-of-mouth and social media following – and a £2 million review-proof advance – before press night. Broadsheet critics today retaliated by reviewing the audience (really squealy girly escapees from Hairspray) as much as the show. […]

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Review: Public Property (Trafalgar Studios)

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It’s an old story – a celebrity, er, pulls off in a lay-by – maybe loosening some garments to accommodate a painful stomach condition … or, in the case of high-profile newsreader Geoffrey Hammond (Robert Daws) graphically told in newish writer Sam Peter Jackson‘s Private Property at the Trafalgar Studios, triple-fingering a bare-assed rent-boy in […]

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Review: Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre)

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There are nights in the theatre for which you gladly queue round the block months in advance, secure in the knowledge that the magnitude of the screen star you hope to see outweighs any reservations about the play, the director or the ticket price. It was such considerations paved our way to Ingrid Bergman in […]

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Review: Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic)

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‘The best thing for YOU …’ sings Annie Oakley in the rootin’ shootin’ tuner Annie Get Your Gun ‘… would be ME.’ The best thing for YOU, dear Londonist reader, would be to stay away from this terrible production. Written in 1946 by the great Irving Berlin and specifically for its star Ethel Merman, it […]

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Review: Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic)

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Kevin Spacey’s timing is exemplary. Not just in his personal performance but in bringing to the Old Vic such a dynamic production of the 1955 American war horse ‘Inherit The Wind’ – a courtroom drama based on the true-life story of a young Tennessee school teacher arraigned for promoting the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin […]

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