Mates blogger: Caroline Hanks-Farmer


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Caroline Hanks-Farmer
Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Andrew Still On following in Jonny Lee Miller’s footsteps as Trainspotting’s Sick Boy

In Features, Films, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Ticket recommendations, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Andrew Still is the new Sick Boy in the 2018 run of Trainspotting Live, including its return to London’s The Vaults from 27 March to 20 May 2018. What does the show, based on Irvine Welsh’s infamous novel and star-studded Brit flick, mean to him, and who would he invite to a dinner party? Caroline Hanks-Farmer asks the questions…

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‘No sleeping through this beauty of a production’: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Birmingham Royal Ballet) – Touring ★★★★

In Dance, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Sleeping Beauty follows the well-loved fairytale of good triumphing over evil, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse then saved by the good Lilac Fairy and a Prince. Peter Wright’s luxurious production adds to the original choreography by Marius Petipa.

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‘A captivating mixture of cabaret & drag’: DIETRICH – NATURAL DUTY – Vault Festival > #Vault2018

In Cabaret, Festivals, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Dietrich – Natural Duty, as part of the VAULT Festival, flies by and ends at the perfect moment. It’s such an interesting piece that you’d like more but are satisfied that you have been educated and thoroughly entertained. Peter Groom as Marlene Dietrich is enigmatic, engaging and totally captivating.

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‘The evening belongs to Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra’: RAT PACK LIVE – West End ★★★1/2

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Seeing is believing, isn’t that what “they” say? Well, I’d certainly agree when it comes to the performance of Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra. Every characteristic of old blue eyes is there and the sound is phenomenal. It really is uncanny, a truly astonishing performance.

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‘Fun & imaginative touches’: Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA – Sadler’s Wells & touring ★★★★

In Dance, London theatre, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

This production twists the Cinderella story a little too far for younger audiences who would be more suited to the traditional fairy tale version by Sir Frederick Ashton. As expected this is an incredibly innovative show with a nostalgic tribute to the war years and the silver screen. There are fun and imaginative touches from start to finish.

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THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Are you a fan of Victorian melodrama? Are you a fan of Musicals? And finally, are you a fan of the work of ’The Lord’ – you know who I mean? If you can answer yes to at least two of these, then get yourself down to the Charing Cross Theatre where they are staging a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.


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