24 Jul 2017
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I Loved Lucy review

“You really have to love yourself to get anything in this world done” – it’s true, and Lee Tannen’s newish play I Loved Lucy proves that Lucille Ball, one of comedy’s greatest clowns, got plenty done through a whole lot of self-love. A charming homage to the late star, created by...

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12 Jul 2017
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A Tale of Two Cities review

Before it had even officially opened, the new adaption of A Tale of Two Cities at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park had seen controversy in its previews, with a sex scene and a lot of the strong language being removed by press night due to complaints and walk-outs. It did seem relatively tame...

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10 Jul 2017
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Queen Anne review

It's curious as to why there is such little documentation of Anne’s monarchy. We've seen the BBC's The Tudors and The Virgin Queen, as dramas frequently rehash the lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots – but never, or rarely, Anne Stuart. Perhaps it’s because, despite...

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4 Jul 2017
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The Mentor review

There’s real pleasure in being able to see an actor of the calibre of F Murray Abraham on the London stage. Depending on your cultural references, you may know him as the shadowy Dar Adal from the TV show Homeland, or the Oscar-winning Salieri from the film Amadeus, either way he’s a hugely...

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29 Jun 2017
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The Wind in the Willows - Palladium review

After undergoing several workshops and a tryout tour across the UK, Stiles and Drewe's brand new musical The Wind in the Willows poop-poops into the West End for limited summer fun. It's the well-known story adapted from Kenneth Grahame's classic riverside tale, following Mr Toad and his insatiable...

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23 Jun 2017
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Rotterdam review

Rotterdam has seen continued success after first opening at Theatre 503 in 2015, before transferring to the Trafalgar Studios and having an Off-Broadway run, before now coming back home for another London stint at the Arts Theatre. Luckily it easily lives up to the hype precipitated by its...

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22 Jun 2017
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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill review

Sometimes the hype is entirely justified. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald has the incredible record of winning in all possible categories whether lead or supporting, play or musical, the only actor to ever do so, and so it is a little appropriate that her long-awaited UK stage debut comes...

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13 Jun 2017
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Bat Out of Hell The Musical review

It's easy to be cynical about the trend of jukebox musicals, which arrive in the West End in chirpy droves, but it would be wildly inaccurate to paint Jim Steinman's venture with the same brush. Bat Out of Hell the Musical is no ordinary musical theatre; it's a stadium rock concert come epic...

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8 Jun 2017
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Annie review

Last seen touring the country starring diva Craig Revel Horwood as the harridan Miss Hannigan, Nikolai Foster's jazzed-up rendition of the 1970's musical lands in London, starring TV personality and comedienne Miranda Hart. Billed to bow one stop away from the end, Hart is simply a cog in the very...

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8 Jun 2017
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The Kite Runner review

Anyone looking for an uplifting evening at the theatre should steer clear of London’s Playhouse Theatre at the moment. The Kite Runner is a far cry from the cheerful and upbeat spectacles at other West End theatres, but it is certainly a show worth seeing. It might be decidedly depressing, but...

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