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TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice recommendation is… Bend It Like Beckham

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A surprise hit of 2015 and also included on a number of #Theatre2015 top picks, our top recommendation in the #MatesChoice ticket series is Bend It Like Beckham. Playing to audiences at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road in the heart of the West End and with music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, this show has become a fond favourite of Mates co-founder Mark Shenton.

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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (14 Dec)

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Another week of big openings ahead means I won’t be getting to everything even if I wanted to (and right now I am still trying to take it easier than I used to), let alone playing catch-up on what I missed when I was incapacitated after my recent double rounds of surgery! 

Here are the main openings of the week to look out for, followed by my current Top 10.

NEWS: Jamie Muscato joins Bend It Like Beckham cast

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From 14 December 2015 Jamie Muscato joins the cast of Bend It Like Beckham The Musical to play coach Joe alongside Natalie Dew as football crazy Jess and Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team. Sophie-Louise Dann plays the role of Paula with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS – Arcola Theatre

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‘Pain can blind us, twist us, change us – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse’; writes Eamonn O’Dwyer in the programme notes of his new musical playing at the Arcola Theatre. House of Mirrors and Hearts is an ambitious piece, looking to investigate the oppressive nature of grief associated with loss and its destructive impact on a family unit. It is a chamber musical of intense intimacy, but often shuts the audience out more than it draws us in. It’s a shame, as the space feels perfect for the subject matter and yet it is somewhat undermined by some unsympathetic characters and predictable narrative clichés.

Photos and podcast: The making of new British musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts

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The adage – usually attributed to Sondheim – that “musicals aren’t written, they’re rewritten” was central to the post-show discussion that I hosted last night at London’s Arcola Theatre. It was the final preview performance of The House of Mirrors and Hearts, the new British chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Robert Gilbert, which faces critics this evening.

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Review: Damn Yankees (Landor Theatre)

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I haven’t seen Damn Yankees for twenty years. But when I was lucky enough to catch the 1993 Old Globe Theatre San Diego production which transferred to New York, it made a lasting impression – not just for the pretty remarkable performances of Victor Garber as the devilish Mr Applegate and Bebe (Lilith from ‘Frasier’) […]

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Review: Damn Yankees (Landor Theatre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

I haven’t seen Damn Yankees for twenty years. But when I was lucky enough to catch the 1993 Old Globe Theatre San Diego production which transferred to New York, it made a lasting impression – not just for the pretty remarkable performances of Victor Garber as the devilish Mr Applegate and Bebe (Lilith from ‘Frasier’) […]

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