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Review: Carmen (King’s Head Islington)

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We have been here before. Many times, it feels: ‘stripped-down’ pub opera featuring the concomitant apparatus of skinny jeans, transfer tattoos, funky tights, DMs, bad haircuts, jazz beards and studentish ensembles. With its garret-full of debris, vodka bottles, cellphones, laptops and fairy lights, Carmen at the King’s Head does not disappoint. The chaise-longue on which […]

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Review: South Pacific (New Wimbledon Theatre)

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If you thought £92.50 including booking fee was going it a bit for an average stalls seat at theBarbican’s Lincoln Center production of South Pacific you’ll be delighted to know that substantially the same show, with the same leads, is currently available for less than half that and your Zone 3 Oyster. When successful London […]

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Review: A Bowl of Cherries (Charing Cross Theatre, London)

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It would be possible to write a Ph.D thesis on the differences between a ‘revue’ and a ‘musical’, but arguably the producers of ‘A Bowl of Cherries’ wouldn’t bother to read it. They probably argue among themselves, too, since the show is billed as ‘A New Musical’ on the programmes and ‘A Musical Review’ (sic) […]

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Review: The King’s Speech (Richmond Theatre, London)

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Could ‘The King’s Speech’ work without Colin Firth? Would anything grow on theatrical ground already sprayed by Madonna in her shocking abdication movie ‘W/E’? In the movie I had found Mr Firth’s housewife-pleasing charms somewhat distracting despite his stock-in-trade diffidence, so the stage play is an opportunity to hear the story of the 1937 Abdication […]

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Review: In Basildon (Royal Court)

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We love a bit of festering resentment. We’re quite fond of a bit of working class argy-bargy too, especially in an emetically-carpeted housing estate setting. And we’re having echoing déjà vumoments for the Royal Court on 8 May 1956. It is only slight exaggeration to compare what we’re dying to call a ‘Rom’ Com because […]

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Review: Silent Opera’s La Bohème (Old Vic Vaults)

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If you’ve been to site-specific arts events before, like Punchdrunk orBum Bum Train or Theatre Delicatessen, you’ve probably ricocheted from one scene or event to another, feeling somewhere between a film extra and a peeping tom. Heritage Arts and the crew behind Silent Opera bring you closer to the action and whilst there’s a certain […]

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Review: Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre)

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Hard on the round heels of her Cagney and Lacey co-star Sharon Gless impersonating a woman you almost certainly won’t have heard of, comes Tyne Daly in the stage personification of someone you couldn’t possibly have escaped hearing about unless you’d slept through the 20th century, its most famous operatic diva Maria Callas. It’s also […]

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Sunset, Limited

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Bobby the cute biotech scientist drives me to the train station in Palm Springs which isn’t really in Palm Springs but set among the wind farms on its wilder northern edge. Amtrak says to check in at least 30 minutes early but not only is there no place to do this at the unstaffed station, […]

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Palm Springs Modern

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It’s that unholy hour between breakfast and the time the sun’s warmed the garden sufficiently for sitting out, which encourages either quiet reflection or a small sense of desperation, I’m not sure which. I’m really enjoying the house and its facilities, in many ways it’s like being at home – everything I actually need is […]

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Review: The Ladykillers (Gielgud Theatre)

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It would be hard to find a theatrical concept more Londony than ‘The Ladykillers’, a ‘classic’ Ealing Comedy from the fifties following a gang of bungling bank robbers disguised as a string quintet to hide out in the home of sweetly dotty Mrs Wilberforce, whose windows conveniently face the train tracks at Kings Cross via […]

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Review: Bell Book and Candle (Greenwich Playhouse, London)

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It’s Christmas time: as the audience enters, Judy Garland’s chestnuts are roasting on an open stereo, and to spice up the season New York socialite Gillian Holroyd has designs on the handsome publisher upstairs who’s dating her college rival. But Gillian has womanly wiles she didn’t learn at Wellesley, and John van Druten’s airy comedy […]

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Review: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (Churchill Theatre Bromley, London)

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The longest journey begins with a single dance step. Not quite accurate, but the Ambassador Theatre Group’s mammoth tour of ‘Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!’ began this weekend at Bromley and between now and landfall next May in Dublin expects to deliver over 200 performances. It’s titled ‘Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!’ in deference to his highly-regarded production at […]

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Review: The Marriage Of Figaro (London Coliseum)

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The first surprise in Fiona Shaw’s off-piste production is the all-white revolving maze of a set, peopled by such a troupe of bowing and scraping servantry – alternately linen-folding, bread-baking and boot-polishing – that we could have landed at Downton Abbey. Instead we’re pleasingly detached from time and place in a bravura attempt to modernize the […]

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Review: The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre)

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After the press night of The Killing of Sister George starring Meera Syal, intrepid Londonist reviewers JohnnyFox and Zefrog hid in a wardrobe in the dressing room shared by characters Alice McNaught (Childie) and June Buckridge (George) as they fought over their postmortem of the night’s performance. Here’s what they may have heard: Childie: oh come on, George. It wasn’t that […]

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Review: The Playboy Of The Western World (Old Vic)

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Have you heard the one about the Irishman who walks into a bar and says he’s killed his father with a potato spade? The landlord gives him a job and immediately leaves him alone with his daughter whilst he goes to a wake… It sounds like the set-up to a shaggy-dog joke rather than the […]

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Review: Noel and Gertie (The Cockpit Theatre, London)

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Noel and Gertie is a confection wherein the music, lyrics and play extracts of Noel Coward are used to illustrate the close friendship between the vastly talented author and his intermittent co-star but lifelong friend Gertrude Lawrence. In their stage heyday, they were as photographed, gossiped about and feted as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. […]

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Review: Carmen (Wilton’s Music Hall)

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At Londonist Towers, our fondness for Wilton’s – the last surviving ‘grand musical hall’ in the country – knows few bounds.  We love its raffish ‘beautiful state of disrepair’ auditorium, its varied repertoire and its super nice cheap bar. The shabby chic auditorium is so adaptable and for this week’s performances of Carmen it could […]

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Review: A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East)

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Not many of London’s ‘urban villages’ have been more mauled about than Stratford. A combination of attritive decay with a succession of ham-fisted local authority interventions begat a poundshop-dominated 70s shopping arcade on a windswept island choked by a red necklace of double-deckers. The construction of the Olympic site andWestfield complex is a further haymaker […]

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Westfield Stratford Opens To The Sound Of Smashing Glass

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Stratford E15 when first encountered by this Londonista in about 1985 already had a post-apocalyptic feel and Ralph McTell’s “have you seen the old man in the rundown market” echoed every footstep through piss-scented underpasses and past frightened shuttered shopfronts and the greasiest of spoons. Despite Newham’s ‘town centre plan’ and various regeneration initatives, it’s […]

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Review: Alzheimer’s The Musical : A Night to Remember (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)

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What did I go and see yesterday? Is this Glasgow? Are you my sister? Have I had my pills? Perhaps Alzheimer’s is setting in already because I know from the damp patch in my pants I laughed a lot yesterday afternoon, but can’t fully recall what at. Three Australian actresses portray elderly ladies in the […]

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