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NEWS: Eight-time Offies nominee Mercurius returns to White Bear with Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles
24th September 2021Prolific Off West End producers Mercurius Theatre — nominated for a staggering eight Offies — return with their critically-acclaimed production of Anton Chekhov's Vaudevilles next month. After a successful run at the Brockley Jack, and then transferring for two sell-out… .. Read more
‘The Dumb Waiter meets Black Mirror at a WeWork’: Join Terri Paddock at the Old Red Lion for a Snowflakes Q&A
23rd September 2021We are back on for brand-new biting black comedy Snowflakes, for which I was originally due to chair a post-show Q&A in April 2020. The inaugural play from Dissident Theatre Company now premieres this autumn at the Old Red Lion… .. Read more
NEWS: Papatango Prize-nominated Proud features in ATG Premiere Season at New Wimbledon
23rd September 2021Longlisted for the prestigious Papatango Prize and the Radius Playwrighting Prize in 2020, Bren Gosling's powerful new drama Proud will debut next month at New Wimbledon Theatre Studio as part of the ATG Premiere Season. The play sheds light on the traumatic… .. Read more
The ‘exquisite and energetic masterpiece’ that ‘defines bravura and tour de force’: ★★★★★ Happily Ever Poofter reviews are in!
21st September 2021Rich Watkin's one-man Disney musical parody Happily Ever Poofter is an 'exquisite and energetic masterpiece', and its three year international 'tour de force' comes to an end this Friday 24 Sep at the London Wondergound in Earl's Court. With countless ★★★★★ reviews and several award wins,… .. Read more
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‘The cast contrast & balance each other’: SMALL CHANGE – Omnibus Theatre
24th September 2021Omnibus Theatre, London - until 2 October 2021 Guest review: Diana Miranda Both Barrels Theatre’s revival of Peter Gill’s 1976 Small Change looks back to postwar Cardiff through the eyes of two Catholic, working-class families. Gill’s narrative provides a layer of… .. Read more
‘Dianne Pilkington has excellent stage presence’: BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS – Touring ★★★★
24th September 2021New Victoria Theatre, Woking – then touring Guest reviewer: Liberty Noke Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a classic movie I remember watching as a child, and I was very excited to see it revived as a stage musical so that a new… .. Read more
‘This gem of a show’: THE LAST FIVE YEARS – West End ★★★★★
24th September 2021Garrick Theatre – until 17 October 2021 They say lightning never strikes twice: I beg to differ. Jonathan O’Boyle’s inspired actor-musician take on Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle-cum-musical felt like an eye-opening reinvention of a fascinating but conflicted piece (one half… .. Read more
‘A feminist fairy tale which entertains first and educates second’: MUSTARD DOESN’T GO WITH GIRLS — Online
24th September 2021Although I always have the best of intentions about promoting and reviewing online young people’s theatre, I’d be the first to admit that it has often taken a back seat. I’ve now tackled a very high percentage of shows on… .. Read more
NEWS: West End production of the Mike Bartlett play C O C K will star Taron Egerton, Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka & Phil Daniels
24th September 2021Taron Egerton, Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels will star in C O C K, the first West End production of Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning play about love and identity. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Marianne Elliott, it will… .. Read more
‘What’s on offer is experiencing an epic story with a roomful of strangers’: Anthony Almeida directs ETT’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
24th September 2021We chatted to the director about the revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, currently touring the UK. Hi Anthony – how does it feel to be directing such an iconic play? Exciting. Tennessee Williams: what a writer. But… .. Read more
NEWS: Concert staging of Sunset Boulevard at Royal Albert Hall reunites Mazz Murray, Ramin Karimlo, Zizi Strallen & Jeremy Secomb
24th September 2021In a special, one-night-only concert, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s musical Sunset Boulevard will be staged at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 3 December 2021. Presented by The Alpha Family, in association with Quick Fantastic, the concert reunites stars… .. Read more
‘I was transported to a cave system thousands of miles away’: DECIPHERING – New Diorama Theatre
23rd September 2021New Diorama Theatre, London – until 2 October 2021 Deciphering is billed as “an inter-continental journey to the origins of human creativity” and it certainly lives up to this epic ambition. Inspired by the recent (2021) discovery of geometric symbols… .. Read more
NEWS: More details announced for National Theatre’s new season as the venue opens up for daytime visitors
23rd September 2021The National Theatre has announces further details for its upcoming productions Trouble in Mind, Wuthering Heights and Small Island, as well as the return of daytime opening for visitors. Alice Childress’ play Trouble in Mind will be performed in the… .. Read more
‘There’s a musical theatre dream team’: CLOSER THAN EVER – Broadway HD (Online review)
23rd September 2021I’ve been asked several times over the last 18 months whether it’s ever been difficult to write about a show. Well, of course it has, particularly those where you find yourself in a lukewarm place. Material from either end of the… .. Read more