In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 10 November 2019) including Aleks Sierz’s thoughts on Caridad Svich’s “excellent” adaptation of Isabel Allende’s 1982 modern classic The House of the Spirits at Cervantes Theatre.
I love you, you’re perfect, now change lives up to its name as Chiswick Playhouse give us an extensively re-written 2018 version of an Off-Broadway gem that ran for 12 years straight since premiering in 1996.
The Green Fairy is a realistic and different musical. It doesn’t shout or leave you speechless because of special effects but it is an entertaining and emotional story about love, parenting, life’s choices and much more.
The story of Ghost Quartet is told through a beautifully harmonic score and witty but equally compelling dialogue that truly transcends our known reality.
Afterglow raises more questions than answers, but is an honest piece of theatre about the universal themes of love, sex and marriage, and everything in between.
No wonder Richard Shelton received an Offie Award nomination for Best Male Performance – his portrayal of the legend that is Frank Sinatra in Sinatra: Raw is real, natural, emotional and warms you up inside listening to him sing.
The Girl Who Fell, directed by Hannah Price, is about grief, guilt, childhood innocence, love, pain, agony, truth and facing the truth and with all those ingredients you get a poignant and quite moving performance.
While Fast did feel like it dragged at some points, the clever use of a projector screen and off-stage narration works hard to bring the audience back.
The strength of Mites lies in the opening up of firm discussions regarding mental health which until, certainly of late, have tended to be constrained.
This all-singing all-dancing extravaganza of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a true credit to the timeless classic. The story is fun, it’s funny, it’s cheeky and it’s performed beautifully.
All in all, Brooklyn The Musical is a sweet little composition, it’s just a shame that they are confined to the limitations that the piece provides.
Mother of him is an emotional journey and a deep exploration of how far can the love of a mother go.
For the singing, humour and general feel-good production, Midlife Cowboy certainly ticks all the right boxes.
At Last is provocative, emotional, gritty and thought-provoking – the qualities you wish for from every play you ever watch.
“Come and see those dancing feet” is famously the tagline of 42nd Street, yet it really should be the tagline of Heartbeat of Home, which opened to rapturous applause at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Jack McNamara’s The Fishermen is the powerful adaptation for the stage by Gbolahan Obisesan of Chicgozie Obioma’s novel and carries the author’s dramatic intensity and humour to Trafalgar Studios.
With a little bit of work, James Corley’s new play World’s End could be excellent, but in its current manifestation, something has missed the mark.
in Thriller Live we are lucky enough to have, in the West End, a show that celebrates Michael Jackson’s work through amazing vocals, slick choreography, the best dance crew of the West End, and, of course, his eternal music.
Performed on a vast traverse stage running directly through the middle of the stunning church venue, Antic Disposition’s new production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth transforms itself into a psychological thriller.
BTA’s Dogfight is an entertaining love story, full of heart and soul. An emotional discovery, well worth a trip to Southwark Playhouse.
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