The ultimate feel-good comedy, Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em is wonderfully entertaining with gags galore and innuendos, matched with a great script and a brilliant and talented cast.
‘Waves of affection lap around him’: BARRY HUMPHRIES: THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK – Touring
Barry Humphries is 88, five shows into a 27-date tour, The Man Behind The Mask, and this time he is presented as himself, the trickiest character of all.
‘Jennifer Saunders’ performance will not disappoint’: BLITHE SPIRIT – Touring & West End
The psychology of Blithe Spirit snaps convincingly into place in Richard Eyre’s production while at the same time it fully utilises every opportunity to make the audience laugh.
Love London Love Culture picks out her latest theatre tips
Here’s LLLC’s weekly guide to some of the shows you might want to book tickets for includes The Wedding Singer at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre:, Endgame at the Old Vic and The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre.
‘Given a new lease of life’: TEN TIMES TABLE – Touring
A review of Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn currently at Richmond Theatre . Still has resonance.
Mind the Blog reflects on a theatre wish list for 2020
Mind the Blog has a fairly wide-ranging wish list of things I hope to see, including major shows such as Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Magic Goes Wrong, Uncle Vanya and the Jamie Lloyd Company residency at the Playhouse Theatre.
‘Exudes sweetness & glitter’: SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS – Richmond Theatre ★★★★
At Snow White at Richmond Theatre the stars are big and – evident from the multitude of advertising and glitzy theatrical splendour – so is the budget.
A play about the writing & staging of a play has always been part of a popular genre
Inevitably writers will gravitate to the world they most often inhabit and about which they can speak with a degree of authority whether that be professionally, publically or privately.
‘Beautifully made & wonderfully acted’: STILL ALICE – Touring ★★★★
Still Alice is a sharply observed, bold and courageous portrait that captures the bravery of one woman’s battle against a malevolent and unrelenting disease.
‘Lacks momentum & purpose’: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD – Touring
Overall, while the show has its own charm and is sweetly nostalgic, the sad thing is it doesn’t have enough substance to capture the attention for the two hours.
‘Has the audience crying with laughter’: SOME MOTHERS DO ’AVE ’EM – Touring
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em is absolute pandemonium and a riot from beginning to end. Don’t miss one of the funniest stage shows in years.
It wasn’t all good: Debbie Gilpin recalls her 12 least favourite shows of #theatre2017
When you see around 200 different shows, you’re bound to come across a few duff ones, but I’m pleased to say that nearly all of the bad shows I saw can be found in this post.
AS YOU LIKE IT – Touring
This Shared Experience and Theatre By the Lake production really throws everything at this vibrant and joyous production which makes the most of the playful and silliness of Shakespeare’s play.
AWFUL AUNTIE – Touring ★★★★★
Awful Auntie, the award-winning novel by David Walliams, has hit the stage at the Richmond Theatre, combining the craft of the theatre with the art of great storytelling.
NEWS: Full cast & further dates announced for UK Tour of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
Due to popular demand, further dates have been added to the UK tour of the first ever stage production of the classic 1970s TV comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. The newly announced 2018 dates are Richmond Theatre (5 – 10 March), Royal & Derngate, Northampton (30 April – 5 May), The Hawth, Crawley (21 – 26 May), Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells …
WAIT UNTIL DARK – Touring ★★
In Wait Until Dark, the real tour de force is Karina Jones, who herself was registered blind at the age of 13.
THE MIKADO – Touring
I’ve said this lots of times before but you can’t spoof a spoof – when written in 1885 The Mikado was already a parody, satirising British Imperial politics and institutions by transposing them to a fictionalised Japan, and lampooning the fashion for orientalism.
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Sleeping Beauty’s Maureen Lipman
The sheer fatigue of two shows a day is lifted by the interaction with the audience. Thinking on your feet, adding topical jokes reacting to their reactions is energising.
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Richmond Theatre
My first pantomime of the season and what a start it was! I have not had the pleasure of watching a pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty, before, but this was a delight from beginning to end.
SINGLE SPIES – Touring
Revival of Alan Bennett’s classic double bill about the Cambridge Spies is resonant, but only takes off in the second half.
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