EVITA – West End

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There’s not much I can add about Emma Hatton’s powerhouse of a performance that hasn’t been said already. I was also impressed with Kevin Stephen-Jones portrayal of Perón which seemed to have a lot more depth to other productions I’ve seen.

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THE GIRLS – West End

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While Mrs Henderson Presents may have been drawn from the Windmill Girls’ wartime titillating tonic, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Girls is of a more classic vintage, savouring the sauce stirred up when the mostly mature membership of a northern branch of the WI (Women’s Institute) set out to raise funds for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar.

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REVIEW ROUND-UP: Is Rebel Wilson a worthy Adelaide in Guys & Dolls?

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On hearing the news that Rebel Wilson was joining the London cast of Guys and Dolls, many people were extremely happy. But this writer a little bit dubious – could she pull the character off? Here’s a run-down of what critics have been saying. Wilson continues playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre until 21 August 2016.

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GUYS & DOLLS – West End

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

The current London cast of Gordon Greenberg’s Chichester production of Guys and Dolls, recently moved across town to the Phoenix Theatre, is a delight. This company’s polished excellence give a delightful treatment of Frank Loesser’s words and tunes, themselves a carefully crafted tribute to Damon Runyon’s Broadway fables.

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Curtain Up: News from the last week in theatre, tickets on sale

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

Another week has passed and somehow I still haven’t been to the theatre (damn that day job!), but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole heap of theatre news to excite us all. Here are few of my favourite stories
from the past seven days, covering shows including: Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Red Velvet, The Caretaker and more…

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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.


In London theatre, Musicals, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Rejoice! In the midst of Fifa’s dismal doings musical theatre makes football beautiful again. Gurinder Chadha’s and Paul Mayeda Berges’ fable, of a British-Asian teenage girl longing to play football rather than cook dhal and live traditionally, was beloved on screen but emerges all the stronger for being driven by Howard Goodall’s music and Charles Hart’s lyrics. It’s a lovely show, with the rare quality in musicals of feeling all-of-a-piece: one solid creation by a team who understand one another and were allowed to get on with it.