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‘Lively writing, physical comedy & audience interaction’: AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLIE BLY – Vault Festival ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Louise PennLeave a Comment

Nellie Bly (1864-1922, played by writer/performer Katie Overstall) is set for an adventure, and she doesn’t want to be stuck writing on her newspaper’s gossip column.

Inspired by the novel Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne, she plans to bea…

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‘Chilling & contemporary’: NOTRE DAME – The Space (Online review)

In London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Reviews by John ChapmanLeave a Comment

Ever since Covid’s early days pioneering company Threedumb Theatre has developed and sustained the idea of the one shot livestream; this is unedited and raw but captures much of the spontaneity and edge which comes with live performance. Their latest, Notre Dame, is probably their most ambitious.

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‘A writer who knew that you must both entertain & awaken’: WATCH ON THE RHINE – Donmar Warehouse

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

HELLMAN’S LESSON IN HUMANITY      Theatre can offer few more topical messages for a nation which might hesitate over Ukraine’s needs than this neglected one-set domestic play by Lilian Hellman. It is an artfully jolting picture of a comfortable, … Continue reading →

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‘There is an incredible energy that is infectious’: DIRTY DANCING – Dominion Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Reviews by Emma ClarendonLeave a Comment

As someone who always wanted to learn to dance (but never have really had the confidence to), Dirty Dancing was always a film that I have particularly enjoyed – mesmerised as much by the fabulous dancing as well as the wonderful chemistry between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Now back in the West End – the musical is just as sexy and enjoyable, faithful to the film but able to find its own way with a couple of additional moments.

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‘A great foundation to an unconventional story’: PROJECT ATOM BOI – Vault Festival

In Festivals, London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by laurakresslyLeave a Comment

Project Atom Boi follows the story of Yuanzi (Xiaonan Wang), a doomer who, pressured by a self-indulgent Filmmaker (Francesca Marcolina), starts re-exploring the memories of her childhood in China. Yuanzi grew up in Factory 404, a Cold War ghost town in the Gansu province that was built in the fifties with the sole purpose of hosting a nuclear weapon. As Yuanzi travels back in time, we also meet her childhood best friend Erdan and her grandfather (both played by Kelvin Chan).

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‘Filled with warmth & passion’: LIZA PULMAN: THE HEART OF IT – The Other Palace ★★★★★

In Cabaret, London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Reviews, Uncategorised by Emma ClarendonLeave a Comment

Liza Pulman’s show is as much a musical education as it is an entertaining and gentle evening of entertainment. Filled with warmth and passion, it is always a treat to listen to Liza Pulman performing. Her precision and deep understanding of the songs that she is performing, combined with the way in which she naturally […]

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‘It lingers in your mind’: THE ELEPHANT SONG – Park Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Rev StanLeave a Comment

Nicolas Billon’s The Elephant Song at the Park Theatre takes us through a game of cat and mouse as Dr Greenberg tries to talk resident Michael into revealing the information he has. Michael, with his toy elephant always in his hand, knows the information he has might give him some leverage. He wants to leave the hospital.

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‘Can leave the listener wanting & needing more’: OUR VOICES – Small Truth Theatre (Online show)

In Online shows, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by John ChapmanLeave a Comment

Small Truth Theatre has commissioned a series of micro plays recorded as part of its Digital Caravan space (their original mini theatre on wheels being decommissioned because of the need for social distancing). About a month ago they put out a new set of material under the umbrella title of Our Voices consisting of four short pieces inspired by interacting with young people in and around the company’s north Kensington home.

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‘You’ll be mesmerised from beginning to end’: KURIOS – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★★

In Circus, London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

The best advice I can give you for Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios is, leave all sense of reality, understanding and logical explanation at the entrance of the Royal Albert Hall, for this visual spectacle defies and challenges all aspects of any logic or expectations you have, on every level.

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‘Original & fascinating’: HAMLET – Southwark Playhouse

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Tom BoltonLeave a Comment

Lazarus’ production of Hamlet at the Southwark Playhouse (Borough Road branch) strips the older generation from the play, leaving us with only the younger characters. Battered, used and confused, the play reveals how focusing on their experience can show us a familiar text in a new and disturbing light. Hamlet is, among many other things, a tale of an older generation destroying their successors to serve themselves.

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‘Its heart is in the right place’: IN THE NET – Jermyn Street Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Most dystopian visions set themselves quite far in the future. However, for In The Net at the Jermyn Street Theatre Misha Levkov keeps us in 2025, specifying that productions should always be set a couple of years ahead of real time, and the setting is London – Kentish Town. This does keep it recognisable and clear of sci-fi fantasy, but it also demands that Britain has gone downhill dramatically fast.