13 Oct 2017
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Annie review

Annie is one of the great classic musical films. Who didn't grow up watching the feisty red-haired orphan battle against the evil Miss Hannigan who runs the orphanage with an iron first, only for Annie to be whisked away by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to live a privileged life she could've never...

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9 Oct 2017
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Venus in Fur review

David Ives' dark comedy Venus in Fur premiered way back in 2010, before opening to sizzling reviews on Broadway. This revival, directed by Patrick Marber, is incredibly sexy, with an electrifying leading lady at the helm. At a base level, it's a kink-filled comedy, but amidst the current news the...

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4 Oct 2017
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Wicked review

After recently celebrating 11 years on stage, there's a reason why Stephen Schwartz's musical Wicked remains as one of the West End long-runners. A dazzling, glittering affair, it waves the flag as one of the traditional, big-belter Broadway musicals, featuring a mesmerising score that has been...

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2 Oct 2017
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The Toxic Avenger review

After the recent revivals of Half a Sixpence and 42nd Street, the West End’s musical options all seem a bit too safe and a bit too polished. That is, until Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's hulk of a musical The Toxic Avenger smashed into London, at the perfectly shabby Arts Theatre, bringing...

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27 Sep 2017
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Ink review

Younger generations may only know The Sun for its Page 3 controversy a few years ago, but there is a riveting backstory to this British newspaper growing from underdog to populist tabloid under the helm of Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch and editor Larry Lamb. Writer James Graham and director...

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26 Sep 2017
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Matilda the Musical review

As Matilda the Musical approaches its seventh year in the West End, and a new adult cast has had a couple of weeks to bed in, what better time to revisit this most delightful of shows. Dennis Kelly's adaptation of Road Dahl's novel remains the perfect interpretation of the slightly surreal nature...

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18 Sep 2017
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Mamma Mia! review

Mamma Mia! has long been a West End veteran, opening at London’s Prince Edward Theatre back in 1999. Fast forward eighteen years and how does this jukebox musical compare to more recent theatrical offerings that delve into the oeuvre of musical greats such as Cyndi Lauper and Bob Dylan? To be...

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5 Sep 2017
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Kinky Boots review

Based on the 2005 feature film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joel Edgerton, Kinky Boots tells the tale of shoe factory Price and Son in England's Northampton, which is at risk of being closed down because they've been out-marketed by cheaper alternatives. The only way Charlie Price (David Hunter)...

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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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It has been announced that Adrienne Warren is to make her West End debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, stepping into the shoes of legendary rock ‘n’ roll star Tina Turner. Produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, the musical charts the singer’s rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, […]

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The beauty of Shakespeare lies in the fact that you can do with it what you will; cut it, mould it, pull it into the future and, in this case, cross-gender cast to your heart’s content. With acclaimed performances from leading actresses such as Maxine Peake in Hamlet to Glenda Jackson’s upcoming performance in King […]

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