Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Joseph, Jesus, Kylie Jenner, Peter Gynt & more

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It’s all in a name this week as our editor Lisa Martland picks out her Top Picks from the last week’s theatre in the West End, London Fringe or beyond.

For starters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice dominate the proceedings: We find out whether Emma Clarendon thinks the new, high-profile revival of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium will answer audience’s prayers, or if the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar has made a smooth transition to the Barbican Theatre (Olivia Mitchell).

Elsewhere, Peter Gynt hangs out at the National Theatre (Rachel Williams), a new piece at the Royal Court ponders Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Aleks Sierz) and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin makes us all wish we had a holiday booked in some far off sunny paradise by the sea (Johnny Fox).

And before we get too ahead of ourselves, there are at least two productions which don’t have names in the title, both topical and relevant, though Liz Dyer sees the contemporary one (Lunatic 19’s at the Finborough Theatre), while Anne Cox travels to Stratford-upon-Avon to catch the one by some fellow known as Shakespeare (the RSC’s Measure For Measure).

There is so much to enjoy reading thanks to the 40-plus affiliated bloggers who contribute to My Theatre Mates and their quality reviews happily keep rolling in.

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – London Palladium ★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s beloved family musical returns to the West End in a new production. But does it keep the magic of the show alive?”
Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner – Royal Court, London
Aleks Sierz: “To say that Jasmine Lee-Jones tells this 80-minute story with vigour is like saying that a twitter storm is a mild inconvenience. Her text is alive! It jumps off the stage, does a quick somersault over our heads, and then lands with a bang.”
Peter Gynt – National Theatre, London
Rachel Williams: “In truth I don’t think Peter Gynt/The James McArdle Show at he National Theatre will be a production or a play for everyone, but for me it was both. I loved the bonkers, I loved the silly jokes and most of all I loved James McArdle.”
Jesus Christ Superstar –
Barbican Theatre, London ★★★★
Olivia Mitchell: “This is a thrillingly furious, highly millennial production, in which miraculous performances are given and striking images resonate long after the curtain falls.”
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin –Harold Pinter Theatre, London ★★★
Johnny Fox: “The ensemble sing a bit of Verdi to accompany Captain Corelli’s mandolin plucking which pleases the ears, but may not also pluck at your heart strings.”
Lunatic 19’s – Finborough Theatre, London
Liz Dyer: “The utter absurdity and inhumanity of a system that values the worth of a human being purely by where they were born makes for difficult viewing, but the story is so well told.”
Measure for Measure – Royal Shakespeare Theatre ★★★★
Anne Cox: ‘While Gregory Doran’s timely and riveting adaptation is filled with laugh-out-loud humour, there is also a bleaker side to it that makes it very much a play for today.”
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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.