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Mind the Advent: 24 days celebrating a year’s theatregoing > #theatre2017 #YearInReview

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Reviews by Debbie GilpinLeave a Comment

You know what time of year it is – so I’ve just been through my annual Mind the Advent countdown! As I’ve seen a personal best number of different shows this year, the sheer volume of actors (and performances) have really been stacking up and making my life difficult – in terms of summing up my favourites of the year, that is. So here is a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come in my highlight posts…

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Press Pass: Semi-staged or semi-acted? Reviews of Carousel at ENO

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After successes with Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd, English National Opera continues its annual headline-grabbing foray into musical theatre with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. As with the previous ENO musicals of the past two years, this production is produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade (who are also behind the current big-budget production of another Broadway classic, […]






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PROMISES, PROMISES – Southwark Playhouse

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

On the face of it, you could see why reviving Promises, Promises would be an appealing prospect – written by Neil Simon from a Billy Wilder film and featuring a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. But digging even just a little deeper – a running time of nearly 3 hours and an antiquated set of gender politics made it a tough one to watch, and an even tougher one to excuse in today’s society.