What were our Top 25 reviews & other blogs in November 2016?

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As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2016 (including gaggles of reviews for our most read-about shows) are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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Top 25 Mates Blogs – October 2016

SCHOOL OF ROCK - West End
SCHOOL OF ROCK – West End
Libby Purves, Ian Foster & Emma Clarendon: The wildest bunch of swirling, stamping, joyful muppets on a London stage since Matilda, and an irresistible, feel-very-good-indeed show.
Press Pass: What do Donald Trump & Myleene Klass have to do with School of Rock?
Press Pass: What do Donald Trump & Myleene Klass have to do with School of Rock?
Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s West End premiere of School of Rock: The Musical in a nutshell: Andrew Lloyd Webber has a monster hit on his hands; the show is both…
KING LEAR - Old Vic
KING LEAR – Old Vic
Libby Purves, Laura Kressly, Ian Foster, Emma Clarendon & Johnny Fox: Glenda Jackson’s return to the stage after more than two decades serving as an MP certainly should be a momentous occasion, and in one of the great roles. At age 80, in a time where audiences and theatremakers are clamouring for more diversity, Jackson as King Lear is an obvious choice.
DEAD FUNNY - West End
DEAD FUNNY – West End
Libby Purves, Aleks Sierz, Laura Kressly, Ian Foster, Emma Clarendon & Caroline Hanks-Farmer: Twenty years ago, there was a lot of it about: light comedies afloat in the West End, chronicling the disintegration of a suburban marriage while simultaneously lampooning the middle-class…
HALF A SIXPENCE - West End
HALF A SIXPENCE – West End
Libby Purves, Jonathan Baz, Johnny Fox & Ian Foster: The musical Half a Sixpence bounds into the West End from Chichester, newly adapted by Julian Fellowes, with a spring in its step and an infectious grin.
LAZARUS - King's Cross Theatre
LAZARUS – King’s Cross Theatre
Edward Seckerson & Ian Foster: It’s no secret that I’m a big Ivo van Hove fan, I’ve been to New York and Amsterdam several times to see his work as regular readers will know, so booking for his latest show to hit…
NICE FISH - West End
NICE FISH – West End
Libby Purves: Jim Lichtsheidl’s Erik, concentratedly morose, reflects on how a lost watch makes him realize that “nothing is the way I thought it was”. He is having to put up with his uncommitted, wayward, gormlessly rambling friend Ron – Mark Rylance.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS - St James Theatre
THE LAST FIVE YEARS – St James Theatre
Ian Foster, Laura Kressly, Caroline Hanks-Farmer, Johnny Fox, Edward Seckerson & Jonathan Baz: When The Last Five Years announced an extension of a week just after opening, it meant I was able to nab a pair of cheap tickets down the front, conveniently on the side where the shirtless…
THE SEWING GROUP - Royal Court Theatre
THE SEWING GROUP – Royal Court Theatre
Carole Woddis, Aleks Sierz & Ian Foster: When I was at primary school, we did a thing in needlepoint where we sewed seemingly random shapes in a line and only when we’d finished and Mrs Holcroft (I think it was) told us to look…
Podcast: Why have we had three versions of The Beggar's Opera this year?
Podcast: Why have we had three versions of The Beggar’s Opera this year?
Terri Paddock: There’s something in the water with The Beggar’s Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre’s new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London…
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On... Her Aching Heart director Matthew...
Helen McWilliams: Artistic director Matthew Parker helms Bryony Lavery’s musical two-hander Her Aching Heart , running for a limited season at London’s Hope Theatre in Islington from 29 November to 23…
For the love of theatre? The disappearance of 'amateurs'
For the love of theatre? The disappearance of ‘amateurs’
Susan Elkin: The word “amateur” seems to be disappearing. Pity because I’d really like to think that everyone working in this industry, paid or not, is in it for the love of it. Otherwise what’s the…
FOOL FOR LOVE - FOUND 111
FOOL FOR LOVE – FOUND 111
Johnny Fox, Emma Clarendon, Caroline Hanks-Farmer & Ian Foster: “They fuck you up, your mum and dad” wrote Philip Larkin and it is precisely that sentiment that sits squarely at the heart of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love currently playing at Found 111.
THE CHILDREN - Royal Court Theatre
THE CHILDREN – Royal Court Theatre
Luke Jones, Aleks Sierz & Emma Clarendon: The Children are the focus of this play, in their absence. Instead we have The Pensioners. Parents and a non-parents sinking beneath the expectation of and the responsibility to the younger generation.
SOHO CINDERS - Union Theatre
SOHO CINDERS – Union Theatre
Jonathan Baz & Ian Foster: Shifting London’s Old Compton Street south of the river, the run up to Xmas sees the Union present Stiles & Drewe’s newish Soho Cinders, their Cinderella for the 21st Century, as a…
Five reasons (besides Amber Riley!) to see Dreamgirls
Five reasons (besides Amber Riley!) to see Dreamgirls
Emma Clarendon: As previews continue for Casey Nicholaw’s much-anticipate production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, Love London Love Culture looks at why you need to see this musical…
HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST - Arcola Theatre
HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST – Arcola Theatre
Daniel Perks & Aleks Sierz: It was a pleasure to sit among a predominantly young audience – still at the dating stage and pretty hip, this being Hackney – and hear the hoots and shrieks of recognition in laughter.
Podcast: Feeling Donny Stixx's rage with Philip Ridley
Podcast: Feeling Donny Stixx’s rage with Philip Ridley
Terri Paddock: How has our response to Philip Ridley’s rage-filled Tonight With Donny Stixx changed since the ‘halcyon days’ of 2015 when it was first staged? Ridley, director David Mercatali and star Sean Michael Verey.
Spotlight On... Muted writer Sarah Henley
Spotlight On… Muted writer Sarah Henley
Helen McWilliams: Muted, A New British Musical premieres at The Bunker, London’s new underground venue, where it runs from 7 December 2016 to 7 January 2017. I chatted to Sarah about the piece.
Owning our pronouns: He, she, they, it, I and we
Owning our pronouns: He, she, they, it, I and we
Chris Grady: Last term I sat in a rehearsal room led by one student as they began a “meet and greet”. A circle of chairs with a group of individuals who were gathered to get to know each other.
We need more events like TheatreCraft
We need more events like TheatreCraft
Susan Elkin: Last week I went to TheatreCraft 2016, the eleventh annual “beyond the stage” careers event which routinely attracts over 1000 people, most of them young.
Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson
Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson
Johnny Fox: Having swerved from the stage into a political career, my concern was how easily could she take up acting again? Did these five facts about Glenda prepare her for King Lear?
DRONES, BABY, DRONES - Arcola Theatre
DRONES, BABY, DRONES – Arcola Theatre
Carole Woddis & Jonathan Baz: An evening of two short plays sandwiched between the verbatim thoughts of Reprieve’s Clive Stafford-Smith, Drone… examines the psychologies at play behind the controllers of America’s drone fleet.
PHOTOS: Stars in black-tie at Evening Standard Awards
PHOTOS: Stars in black-tie at Evening Standard Awards
To say the Evening Standard Theatre Awards is a star-studded affair is an understatement. The trophy collectors alone are a roll call of fame: Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Billie Piper,…
Top 10 West End musicals to see this Christmas | My Theatre Mates
Ian Foster: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….” The festive season is nearly upon us and if you are making a shopping trip to the bright lights or you just love the feel of Christmas in London, these shows will get you in the mood. And the Mates have tickets for them all!
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