As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from September 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
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Top 25 Mates Blogs – September 2017
Q&A podcast: How did Julian Clary feel about having Le Grand Mort written for him?
Terri Paddock: In an at turns hysterically funny and extremely touching post-show discussion, Julian Clary, co-star James Nelson-Joyce and director Christopher Renshaw talked about the legacy (and…
MACK & MABEL – London Musical Theatre Orchestra ❤❤❤❤❤
Emma Clarendon: The London Musical Theatre Orchestra made their East London debut with a spectacular and lively performance of Mack and Mabel that thrilled audiences from beginning to end.
THE BAND – Manchester & tour ★★★★★
Kristy Scott: This is not just a musical for Take That groupies; it’s a musical for anybody who grew up with a boyband. The Band celebrates the music of Take That and so much more besides. It’s littered…
THE REVLON GIRL – Park Theatre
Ian Foster: We often talk about state-of-the-nation plays, a notion that strikes me deeply whilst thinking about Neil Anthony Docking‘s extraordinary gut-wrench of a play.
OSLO – National Theatre & West End ★★★★★
Libby Purves: This is a three-hour historical political play about Middle East negotiations in the 1990s: and it is absolutely thrilling.
LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★★
Olivia Mitchell: Pink, energetic and a whole load of fun, the current tour of Legally Blonde is a joyous way to spend a carefree few hours at the theatre. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl…
Emily Garside: It seems everyone has a first memory of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Mine, in typical style is mildly embarrassing and reveals me to be the uncultured swine I so often am. It was my third…
FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Simon Parris: A glittering celebration of twentieth-century pop music, the Australian premiere season of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is blessed with a superb local cast.
BOUDICA – Shakespeare’s Globe
Laura Kressly: Some time in the past, there is an island of disparate peoples happily carrying on with their lives. Each group has its own rules,…
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE – Marble Arch Theatre ★★★★
Guest reviewer: Sarah Tinsley: A tent has popped up near Hyde Park, right next to the Marble Arch. Step inside and you will be transported to New Orleans.
Aleks Sierz: Jim thinks he lives in the “shittiest” small town in Scotland. It’s Mallaig, on the west coast, and he’s a deeply…
PIPPIN – Manchester ★★★★★
Jonathan Baz: Pippin closed this weekend at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre with, yet again, this Northern powerhouse of fringe theatre delivering a stunning take on a…
MOULDY GRAPES – White Bear Theatre
Ian Foster: The thing with open relationships is that everyone needs to be on the same page. The eccentric Roo has a fear of going outside as well as wearing trousers
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Norman Conquests’ John Hollingworth
Emma Clarendon: Fresh from waving goodbye to Poldark, John Hollingworth talks about his latest role in The Norman Conquests.
FOLLIES – National Theatre ★★★★
Libby Purves: Last time the Olivier stage was this populous was for Amadeus, with the entire Southbank…
WAITING FOR GODOT – West End
Shanine Salmon: I don’t know much about jazz. I enjoy it when I experience it and tune out when it’s explained to me. I am sure it has its own rules, myths,…
CILLA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★
Guest reviewer: Liv Ancell: I have to start with a confession: I’m a typical millennial whose only exposure to the life’s work of Cilla Black prior…
DOUBT – Southwark Playhouse
Daniel Perks: Sheila Atim’s twentieth century-inspired composition adds an eerie ethereal atmosphere to the lofty space, a sanctitude for Sister…
WHAT SHADOWS – Edinburgh & London
Guest reviewer Hugh Simpson: There is a delicate romanticism to What Shadows that is at odds with its subject matter.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★★★
Helen McWilliams: 9 to 5 the Musical features an uplifting selection of musical theatre numbers, an excellent showcase for the actresses taking the lead roles.
RICHARD III – Temple Church
Guest reviewer Matthew Richardson: Continuing in their “glorious summer of performances”, directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero bring Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard III, to Temple Church, London
TALK RADIO – Old Red Lion Theatre
Anonymous guest critic for Laura Kressly: First produced off-Broadway in 1987, Eric Bogosian ‘s brilliant drama has finally been produced in London for the…
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Ovalhouse’s Owen Calvert-Lyons
Shanine Salmon: The Autumn Season at Ovalhouse explores the ‘unseen’ people in our communities: children in care, whistle-blowers, sex-workers, transgender people and asylum seekers. Often these groups…
Vicky Anderson: Returning to the theatre after its premiere run last year, the madcap Scouse play tells the story of a bunch of misfits trapped in the Royal Liverpool Hospital as the old building – a…
THE KNOWLEDGE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★
Jonathan Baz: Jack Rosenthal’s BAFTA-nominated screenplay of The Knowledge was a gem of a 1970’s television movie. The most routine…