Best of the Blogs: Toast, A German Life, Tony’s Last Tape, Top Girls & Queen of the Mist

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There was hardly time to recover from the biggest night of the London theatre calendar – the Olivier Awards 2019 – before more openings came thick and fast, both on the Fringe, in the West End and beyond.

What is great about My Theatre Mates is that our 40-plus affiliated bloggers cover such a wide range of locations and styles. From cabaret to circus, from straight drama to musical theatre, from immersive theatre to opera and dance.

Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out five of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (8-14 April 2019). Amidst her top picks: Maryam Philpott enjoys a feast of the senses and a slice of Toast at The Other Palace; Aleks Sierz witnesses a triumphant performance from Maggie Smith in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre; and Tony’s Last Tape at the Omnibus Theatre reminds Carole Woddis of a time when politicians had the courage of their convictions. Enjoy the selection.

Nigel Slater’s Toast – The Other Palace, London
Maryam Philpott: “This cleverly staged memoir well captures the moment at which childhood ends and the more difficult transition to adult life begins while using its food-theme to build a sense of the professional Nigel Slater was to become.”
A German Life –
Bridge Theatre, London
Aleks Sierz: “If it is true that not every citizen can be a resistance hero under a dictatorship, it is equally right that those that make a career out of complicity with barbarism cannot be easily forgiven. This ethical point seeps out of Smith’s compelling performance, and is a timely reminder of how easy it is to support the wrong side. Without doubt, this is the theatre event of the year.”
Tony’s Last Tape –
Omnibus Theatre, London
Carole Woddis: “For anyone wondering how we have got to where we are and the present toxicity of our political debate, Tony’s Last Tape is a salutary memo from history that the body politic has always been a battlefield, that it’s greatest heroes have not necessarily been those who were victorious but those who fought gloriously nonetheless with their eyes always on a golden future.”
Top Girls –
National Theatre, London
Ian Foster: “There’s no doubting that Top Girls is an arresting evening, its tonal shifts disrupt, its delivery can disarm but in this production, its intelligence is as pin-sharp as ever, its questioning as pertinent to a society yet to reckon fully with its message.”
Queen of the Mist –
Brockley Jack Studio, London
Shanine Salmon: “Michael John LaChiusa’s musical is a refreshing look at what an older woman is capable of. Even if Trudi Camilleri isn’t doing any death defying stunts. It happens rarely, with musicals such as Sunset Boulevard leading the way for these leading ladies.”
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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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