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‘Has now matured into something spectacular’: 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

I liked 42nd Street when I saw it last year but I can’t say that I truly loved it, it felt a 24-carat production of a gold-plated show. But upon revisiting, to celebrate Bonnie Langford’s arrival in the company for its final furlong before closing in the New Year, some kind of magic seems to have happened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (or maybe I was just less grumpy) as it has now matured into something spectacular.

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HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

The musical Half a Sixpence bounds into the West End from Chichester, newly adapted by Julian Fellowes, with a spring in its step and an infectious grin. The story of Arthur Kipps, a lowly haberdashers’ assistant who comes into money but ultimately questions what happiness it brings, is brought to life in a visually beautiful production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

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HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

It was no surprise to discover that Half A Sixpence would be transferring into the West End – its run at Chichester Festival Theatre was a huge success and with Cameron Mackintosh on producing duties, it was always going to be a case of when rather than if. It’s a slow-burner of a show, the second act really is the business thanks to Andrew Wright’s choreography.