London’s most-wanted musical Bonnie & Clyde returns to the West End to raise a little hell, and it’s bigger and better than ever. With memorable songs and some truly impressive performances from the cast, this is a show not to be missed.
‘I think audiences can expect the unexpected’: Nadine Higgin prepares for her role in Yellowman at the Orange Tree Theatre
Nadine Higgin stars as Alma in the forthcoming production of Yellowman, which opens at the Orange Tree Theatre next month. Kirsty Herrington spoke with Nadine to find out more about her latest play.
‘Slick, witty & fun-filled’: HORRIBLE HISTORIES: TERRIBLE TUDORS – Garrick Theatre ★★★★
A series of best-selling series of books and an equally popular television show, Horrible Histories is taking over London this summer. Not only has creator Terry Deary along with the Birmingham Stage Company commandeered the Thames with a boat cruise, they’ve also made the Garrick Theatre their home this summer for live show Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors.
‘Inspired & engaging’: ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colchester ★★★★
Sure to enthral audiences of all ages, Alice in Wonderland at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester is wonderfully wacky and witty and captures the imagination right from the very start. The show runs until the 14 August, so hop to it and grab a ticket – you’d be mad to miss it.
‘The trial became one of the first media sensations this country had ever seen’: Lizzie Crarer on starring in The Ballad of Maria Marten
Actor Lizzie Crarer stars in Eastern Angles’ acclaimed production of The Ballad of Maria Marten, which returns to the stage in a tour that opens at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre on 8 February 2022. I caught up with Lizzie to find out more.
‘Learning a new skill in cheerleading was really exciting’: Actor & resident director Samuel Wilson-Freeman on Bring It On
Samuel Wilson-Freeman is currently starring as Steven in Bring It On The Musical, which is at London’s Southbank Centre this month before continuing its UK-wide tour.
INTERVIEW: Actor Edd Muruako on the ‘outlandish but extremely plausible’ new play Very Special Guest Star
Edd Muruako is starring in Tom Wright’s new play “darkly comedic and wildly sexy” Very Special Guest Star, which is currently playing at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham, south London, until 12 December 2021. I caught up with Edd to find out more.
‘Fresh, fun & an absolute joy to watch’: SIX THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★★
This poptastic show about the wives of King Henry VIII has moved to its new London home, the Vaudeville Theatre, where it’s set to continue entertaining audiences for the foreseeable future.
‘Madeleine MacMahon puts in a spellbinding performance’: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Silent Uproar (Online review) ★★★★★
After the year we’ve all had with the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is sure to strike a chord with many people and it provides a voice for those experiencing mental health issues.
‘Nothing is fixed for ever, not even the Never Never’: Jo Tyabji directs Darling for Written on the Waves
Written by Tabby Lamb and starring David Hoyle, Darling is the latest instalment from the second season of 45North’s Written on the Waves audio play series and examines what it’s really like growing up inspired by the boy who never did. Kirsty Herrington caught up with director Jo Tyabji to find out more.
‘I want to make communities that might not venture to the West End feel heard’: Annice Boparai on being cast in Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert
Written by Yasmin Joseph, J’Ouvert makes its West End debut at the Harold Pinter Theatre, where it is running until 3 July 2021. I caught up with actor Annice Boparai to find out more.
‘Imaginative & hugely entertaining’: The Three Musketeers… attempted by Foolhardy (Online review) ★★★★
With the news that the full reopening of theatres has been delayed until July, many of us are in need of a good laugh. Thankfully FoolHardy Productions is on hand to entertain with its latest comedy, an online production of The Three Musketeers.
‘Playful, intriguing & thrilling’: Michael Pickering features in new musical Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Michael Pickering will be starring as gamekeeper Mellors in new musical Lady Chatterley’s Lover which plays at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 18 and 19 June 2021. I caught up with Michael to find out more about his latest role.
‘They’re snappy, full of giggles, frivolity & heart’: Jordan Mifsud discusses Shaw Shorts at the Orange Tree Theatre
Jordan Mifsud is currently starring in Orange Tree Theatre’s Shaw Shorts: How He Lied to Her Husband and Overruled, two short plays by George Bernard Shaw. I caught up with Jordan to find out more about his latest roles.
‘This disturbing play is certainly timely’: A RUSSIAN DOLL – Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online review) ★★★★
In some good news, this week the Barn Theatre in Cirencester has reopened its doors to (socially distanced) audiences for the world premiere of Cat Goscovitch’s new play, A Russian Doll, a co-production with London’s Arcola Theatre.
‘Pirates. Feminism. Burps’: Sooz Kempner tells all about new podcast series The Ballad of Anne & Mary
Sooz Kempner stars in Long Cat Media’s brand new five-part musical podcast series The Ballad of Anne & Mary, which tells the story of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two of the most notorious pirates who ever lived. I caught up with Sooz to find out more.
‘It’s an inventive & hilarious modern adaptation of a classic’: Actor Tom Dixon stars in a new digital staging of The Importance of Being Earnest
The Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Dukes’ new digital co-production of The Importance of Being Earnest brings Oscar Wilde’s classic play up to date and transfers the action up north. I caught up with actor Tom Dixon, who plays Algy, to find out more.
‘Well worth a watch’: OUTSIDE – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
Curated by the Orange Tree’s literary associate Guy Jones, Outside also comprises three short plays, this time stories with a theme of connection and hope.
‘Incredibly captivating production’: AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN – Barn Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
A story which highlights the power of endurance and the the kindness of strangers, The Elephant in the Garden is a powerful one-woman show which enchants from beginning to end.
‘Incredibly strong & stylish production’: SCARAMOUCHE JONES – Ginger Quiff Media & Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★
Written by Justin Butcher, Scaramouche Jones or the Seven White Masks is the latest digital production from Ginger Quiff Media, the team behind the recent revivals of Rose and Little Wars, and tells the story of a tragic clown whose life has been shaped by misfortune.