FEATURED SHOW: The House of Mirrors and Hearts, Reviews are in

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Have you seen the raft of four-star reviews for our current Featured Show? The House of Mirrors and Hearts, just opened on Tuesday at London’s Arcola Theatre, is a haunting new chamber musical about love, lies and the ghosts of our pasts. Scroll down for links and excerpts from some of our favourite reviews.

Keeping secrets is a kind of art…

After three years of development by Perfect Pitch (LIFT, Soho Theatre; The Go-Between, West Yorkshire Playhouse), this cutting-edge work premieres in a co-production with Aria Entertainment.

“Stephen Sondheim meets Tori Amos” in Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert’s textured and contemporary score. The musical tells the story of the Keanes, whose secrets are buried in the fractured family home. When a curious young lodger arrives to stay, his discoveries threaten to shatter their illusions forever. Will the truth out? And what will be left unsaid?

The award-winning Ryan McBryde directs a distinguished ensemble cast – including Jamie Muscato, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Molly McGuire, Jamie Muscato and Grace Rowe – for this gripping, heart-wrenching and intoxicating musical drama.

Also check out the podcast, pics and live-tweets from a fascinating post-show Q&A, hosted by Mates co-founder Terri paddock, at Monday evening’s performance of this major new musical.

The House of Mirrors and Hearts continues  at the Arcola Theatre, London E3 3DL until 1 August 2015. Tickets priced £14-19.

Show trailer


What the critics say

LONDON THEATRE 1 – ★★★★★

Without a doubt the best production I have seen this year and the best Off West End production I have EVER seen…

MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW – ★★★★

The House of Mirrors and Hearts is a compelling piece of musical theatre… a credit to contemporary music theatre…

THE STAGE – ★★★★

Meticulously constructed psychological thriller complemented by a gripping score and a cast that knows how to exploit it…

THE UPCOMING – ★★★★

Full of dangerous sexual vigour and webs of tension ticking like an electric fence, The House of Mirrors and Hearts keeps its cards, and its audience, admirably close to its chest…

WEST END FRAME – ★★★★

At first I found Eamonn O’Dwyer’s score a little uncomfortable as many songs are a little harsh; however, I was eventually won over as it is a new sound for musical theatre which…

THERE OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS

It is clear that much love and care has gone into nurturing this piece of musical theatre into life, in all its challenging, angular beauty… The music emerges as a thing of a jagged beauty…

BARGAIN THEATRELAND

The House of Mirrors and Hearts has an uneasy and voyeuristic quality throughout, a haunting and beautifully realised exploration of family and grief…

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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