Category Archives: Theatre

Amadeus opens at National Theatre October 2016

Amadeus Vienna: the music capital of the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized … Continue reading

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RENT The Musical has a limited London run

The 20th anniversary production of RENT  by Jonathan Larson  (inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème) will be at the St. James theatre for a limited run in December. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a … Continue reading

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre opens Aug 8th

Winning Review reader NB enthusiastically recommends this award-winning production which arrives at the National following a sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a national tour. It’s adapted by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall and directed by Vicky Featherstone, … Continue reading

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A Chance to see both Henry V and Middle Temple Hall April 2016

Winning Review readers know that Middle Temple Hall  is one of my favourite venues.  What better place to see Henry V?  Well actually the show is going on tour to some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the UK after Middle Temple Hall … Continue reading

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the St James Theatre January 20th

From the St. James theatre:  “A true story of family, hope and survival told through the world’s most beautiful music. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa … Continue reading

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Acclaimed Pink Mist transfers to Bush Theatre in February

Read Reviews of Bristol Production of Pink Mist From the Bush Theatre:  “Who wants to play war?Best friends Arthur, Hads and Taff were barely out of their teens when they were deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their … Continue reading

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Powerhouse trio cast for The Maids at Trafalgar Studios, opens Feb 2016

The Jamie Lloyd Company’s first production of 2016 will be the full-throttle UK premiere of a contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s masterpiece, The Maids – not seen in the West End for twenty years. Director Jamie Lloyd has assembled a powerhouse … Continue reading

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Sondheim’s ROAD SHOW opens at  Union Theatre in February

Following the successful transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory of the New York Production of Road Show in 2011, the Union Theatre is now creating the first ever UK production of Sondheim‘s show.   From the Union Theatre: “At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends … Continue reading

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The Wasp transfers to Trafalgar Studios through January 16

Following a sold out run at the Hampstead Theatre last year, The Wasp transfers to the Trafalgar Studios. ★★★★ ‘These characters and performances make for a pair of very good bad girls’ Financial Times ★★★★ ‘Absolutely excellent… A taut, brilliantly calibrated … Continue reading

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Andy Capp The Musical at the Finborough Theatre

The Finborough winter season has been announced and as usual their lineup is diverse, continuing to be one of the most interesting theatres in London.  I had no idea there had ever been a musical based on Andy Capp, but … Continue reading

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Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the ENO opens April 1st

Multi award-winning actress Glenn Close makes her West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard, live at the London Coliseum, reprising her Tony Award winning role as Norma Desmond. From the ENO “Sunset Boulevard is a compelling … Continue reading

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Funny Girl opens at Menier Chocolate Factory with Sheridan Smith November 20th

FUNNY GIRL returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 premiere.  Fom the Menier “With music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne and book by Isobel Lennart, Styne and Merrill, the Broadway smash which … Continue reading

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The Sweethearts at Finborough Theatre Sept 22-October 17

From the Finborough: “These charity gigs are always in bloody awful countries. I wish someone would fight a war in Marbella. I wish there were starving people in bloody Hawaii.”    A world premiere, originally seen as a staged reading as … Continue reading

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Sweet Charity in concert at Cadogan Hall Aug 19-22

  I loved the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production and proceeded to see it again when it transferred to the West End.  If you missed either of these, Cadogan Hall is now doing Sweet Charity in concert at the end of … Continue reading

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Splendour – Donmar Warehouse opens August 2015

Unfortunately tickets to see Dominic West and Michelle Dockery in Les Liasons Dangereuses at the Donmar in December have sold out rapidly but there are other options! Splendour takes place in the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, where … Continue reading

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The Beaux’ Stratagem at the National Theatre – stellar reviews

I usually take a best guess and recommend plays before reviews come out, in time for everyone to get the best tickets.  This one, unfortunately, slipped by me but the reviews are in and it’s been extremely positive.   Better grab … Continue reading

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What’s It All About? Bacharach Re-imagined at Menier Chocolate Factory opens July 3rd

A review of the 2013 New York City production of this show on vulture.com addresses what probably are most of our concerns about this play. Referring to a previous revue of Bacharach tunes called Look of Love that “icked its … Continue reading

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High Society at the Old Vic

I posted this a while back but had a chance to see this in previews on Saturday night.   It was …Sensational.   It felt like going to a party rather than going to the theatre.  The freshest and newest production of … Continue reading

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The House of Mirrors and Hearts opens July 2 at Arcola

From the Arcola: “Keeping secrets is a kind of art… When Anna’s husband is killed in a tragic accident at their home, her family’s life is changed forever. Seven years pass and, torn apart by grief, Anna has drunk herself … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh unveils season of 5 plays at the Garrick Theatre

Kenneth Branagh has set up his own theatre company to perform a season of plays featuring stars including Judi Dench, Lily James, Rob Brydon and Richard Madden.  Branagh, who has not done Shakespeare on London stage for over 20 years,  … Continue reading

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