Best of the Blogs Jan 2020

Best of the Blogs: Les Misérables, Rags, Lullabies for the Lost & more

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Touring by Lisa Martland

In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 19 January 2020), ranging from Aleks Sierz’s view that the new production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre is going to march on to victory to the powerful and relevant staging of Rags at the Park Theatre, having transferred from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre (as reviewed by Olivia Mitchell for Rewrite This Web). Plus find out what the Mates think of Lullabies for the Lost, Tom Brown’s School DaysPeter Pan Goes Wrong, JEW…ish and Once.

Les Misérables – Sondheim Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “The two main singers, Bradley Jaden (Javert) and Jon Robyns (Jean Valjean) are both fervent and soaring, while also giving their characters the necessary shades of psychological complexity to balance the more overt emotionality of some of the others.”
Rags – Park Theatre
Olivia Mitchell: “Bronagh Lagan’s production has heart in spades and provides a real impact through the thoughtful way its themes are tackled. It’s a life-affirming show which will make you want to hug those close to you a little tighter.” ★★★★
Lullabies For The Lost – Old Red Lion Theatre
Michael Davis: “With no topic too grim, too unsettling or embarrassing, Lullabies gives a voice to the unsayable and has insights to spare about the human condition.” ★★★★★
Tom Brown’s School Days – Union Theatre
Ian Foster: “It is now the fifth year that the Phil Willmott Company’s themed series of Essential Classics has taken over the Union Theatre and this year’s season takes on the mantle of V.E. Day, 75 Years On.”
Peter Pan Goes Wrong Review – Touring
Alexandra Sykes: “The true star of the show was Fred Gray, who played Michael Darling and the crocodile. This is a show that will never be the same twice and will leave audiences laughing for days.” ★★★★★
JEW…ish – King’s Head Theatre
Elaine Chapman: “Jew…ish’s co-directors Kennedy Bloomer and Toby Hampton certainly have bought the rom-com genre up to date with this hilarious play. It’s definitely one of those plays I would happily watch again.” ★★★★★
Once – Touring
Debbie Gilpin: “There are some very charming performance in there and I had forgotten quite how funny it could be. A welcome return for this gorgeous show – the music truly is its heart and soul.” ★★★★
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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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Lisa Martland
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.