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Review: Sondheim by Sondheim (Roundhouse Studio)

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This is not the best week to put on an intimate Sondheim revue. Overshadowed by the glorious Sondheim Prom at the Albert Hall, by Maria Friedman’s all-Sondheim set at Cadogan Hall and the reputedly outstanding Into The Woods just beginning at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and you’re on a hiding to nothing. Throw in […]

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Review: Aspects Of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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The trouble with Andrew Lloyd Webber… No, that’s too easy. The trouble with Apects of Love is that it’s a trite plot about characters too self-absorbed to care about, woven with the relentless thread of ALW’s musical recycling. All the new Trevor Nunn production at the Menier Chocolate Factory does is illuminate the weaving flaws. […]

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Review: Not By Bread Alone (Artsdepot)

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You may not know much of Finchley: La Thatcher’s old constituency perhaps you recall, a pimple on the forehead of London’s map-face just before it breaks out in to the bushy afforestation of, well, Bushey and the rest of leafy Hertfordshire. Be grateful though that someone has thought to fund its modern and enterprising ‘Artsdepot’ […]

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Review: Assassins (Union Theatre, London)

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U.S. Presidents get a raw deal from musicals … in Kaufman and Hart’s 1937 I’d Rather Be Right George M. Cohan starred as Franklin Roosevelt who despite his polio paralysis sings and dances – at least in Annie he remains confined to his wheelchair whilst the ginger moppet bawls a succession of shaky key-changes into […]

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Restaurant Review: Fig

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We could blame the Blumenthal zeitgeist, we could bemoan the jaded palates of Islington which demand the culinarily arcane be proffered in their domestic midst, but the main draw to ‘Fig’, a smallish shop-front gastro in otherwise mid-posh residential Barnsbury, is curiosity – chef Christoffer Hruskova has quickly snagged a reputation for alchemical cookery with […]

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Review: Karen Akers (Pizza On The Park)

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Why should you go to a basement venue condemned for redevelopment to hear a tall slender American woman you probably haven’t heard of sing the works of a long-dead composer and lyricist? Because, trust us, you should. For three good reasons. One : Karen Akers has a ten-album back-catalogue (much of it available on Amazon, […]

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Review: Dream of the Dog (Trafalgar Studios, London)

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In the living room strewn with tea chests and cardboard boxes it couldbe cosy Priestley or Coward, ‘Laburnum Grove’ or ‘This Happy Breed’ as an elderly housewife packs away the last of the family belongings before the house move to a peaceful retirement by the sea. But instead of South London we are high on the windswept veldt […]

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Review: Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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There is an array of all-American talent squished onto the Menier Chocolate Factory stage that is both formidable and incomprehensible. From Mandy Patinkin, arguably the finest Sondheim interpreter of his generation, to Broadway back-catalogistas like Judy Kaye and John McMartin, this is the stuff of dreams for many producers. Such a pity, then, that they […]

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Review: The Reindeer Monologues (Above the Stag Theatre, London)

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, but there’s rape here tonight in Santa’s pervy wonderland … At North Pole Central, a traumatized Rudolph beats his hooves softly against the walls of his padded cell, Cupid admits his masochistic taste for the whip and describes Santa’s grotesque […]

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Review: Shirley Valentine (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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There can be scarcely a Chardonnay-drinking woman on the planet who failed to be inspired by the story of Shirley Valentine, a Liverpool housewife whose confidence and personality were so submerged by her marriage until she rediscovered them on holiday in the Greek Islands, fulfilling an ambition to ‘drink a glass of wine in the […]

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Review: The Northerners (Finborough Theatre, London)

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It’s general election year, the economy is reeling from the cost and shame of an unpopular war, development of radical new technology has made experienced workers too expensive to employ, and depressed wage rates for the rest. Strikes and confrontations between management and unions have become the order of the day … But this is […]

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Review: Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre)

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We are in Coney Island, and if Lloyd Webber’s claim that the events are set ten years after Phantom of the Opera is accurate, it’s about 1891. The Phantom has become a sideshow illusionist, bringing with him Madame and Meg Giry, and three henchpersons suggestively called Fleck, Squelch and Gangle whose sole purpose is to […]

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Review: Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre, London)

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Ever since Garbo leaned against the door-jamb of her luxury suite and murmured ‘I want to be alone’, the glamour and intrigue of Grand Hotels has captured public imagination. In Liverpool, the landmark Adelphi Hotel had its profile boosted by carriage trade from the ocean liners arriving from the New World and statesmen, gangsters and […]

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Review: Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Union Theatre)

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Ever since Garbo leaned against the door-jamb of her luxury suite and murmured ‘I want to be alone’, the glamour and intrigue of Grand Hotels has captured public imagination. In Liverpool, the landmark Adelphi Hotel had its profile boosted by carriage trade from the ocean liners arriving from the New World and statesmen, gangsters and […]

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Review: Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre)

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Can she or can’t she? Most of the first-night audience were secretly betting Kim Cattrall wouldn’t be able to shake off the shadow of ‘Samantha Jones’ from ‘Sex and the City’ and turn herself into Noel Coward’s wittiest and most romantic heroine. In assailing the best-constructed comedy in the English Language as well as the […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Broadway Theatre Studio)

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A sparking well-paced revival brings fresh life to a family drama with feminist overtones in Thom Southerland’s revival of Hobson’s Choice at the cosy but comfortable Broadway Studio in Catford. The piece follows three daughters of a bullying shopkeeper struggling to achieve independence and identity against a background of male supremacy, alcoholism and Victorian mill-town […]

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Review: Megan Mullally (Vaudeville Theatre)

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You could be forgiven for thinking that a sitcom actress who pockets thirteen million dollars a season for Will and Grace might indulge herself with any kind of vanity project including hiring a band and the Vaudeville Theatre for a debut week in the West End. But this isn’t a vanity, Mullally has worked with […]

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Review: Legally Blonde The Musical (Savoy Theatre)

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The producers of Legally Blonde The Musical played a long game with five weeks of previews to build a popular word-of-mouth and social media following – and a £2 million review-proof advance – before press night. Broadsheet critics today retaliated by reviewing the audience (really squealy girly escapees from Hairspray) as much as the show. […]

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Review: Public Property (Trafalgar Studios)

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It’s an old story – a celebrity, er, pulls off in a lay-by – maybe loosening some garments to accommodate a painful stomach condition … or, in the case of high-profile newsreader Geoffrey Hammond (Robert Daws) graphically told in newish writer Sam Peter Jackson‘s Private Property at the Trafalgar Studios, triple-fingering a bare-assed rent-boy in […]

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Age Of Steam Returns To Kings Cross

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The atmosphere of ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters’ may be recreated at King’s Cross tomorrow (Saturday 28 November) with the rare arrival of a vintage steam train. The Sir Nigel Gresley was a ‘streamliner’ class locomotive built in Yorkshire in 1937 for the London-Newcastle-Edinburgh service, heralding a departure from the British Railways’ standard boiler-on-wheels look […]

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