26 Feb 2020
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Come From Away review

Come From Away has recently celebrated its first year in London’s West End and welcomed a host of new cast members to the Rock. On the surface this may be described as ‘a musical about 9/11’ - that doesn’t exactly sound like an enjoyable way to spend an evening, right? Well, although this...

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24 Feb 2020
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The Prince of Egypt review

Movie adaptations seem such a biblical plague upon the West End that it can be difficult to be excited when another one arrives. Considering the last example I saw at the Dominion Theatre was BIG: The Musical, I can be forgiven for a little scepticism when I walked into The Prince of Egypt. I was...

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18 Feb 2020
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Be More Chill review

Be More Chill has just exploded onto the musical circuit in London, and it's set to electrify audiences night after night. The musical, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, follows the plight of Jeremy, an ‘uncool’ high school student with a serious crush on his classmate,...

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12 Feb 2020
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Waitress review

As Sara Bareilles belted out the heart-wrenching final note of ‘She Used to Be Mine’, the audience instinctively sprung to their feet in enthusiastic applause. She had just proved that her voice was the true star of the show, Waitress, resident at the Adelphi Theatre. Alongside her is Gavin...

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10 Feb 2020
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Everybody's Talking About Jamie review

With the show currently booking until August 2020, it’s clear that lots of people are still talking about Jamie.  First seen in London’s West End in October 2017 the latest cast are clearly having a riot with this little gem (or would sequin be a more appropriate word?) of a show. The story...

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29 Jan 2020
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Kunene and the King review

South Africa’s problematic history is exposed in Kunene and the King, a sharp new play written by John Kani. Last year marks a quarter of a century since the nation’s first post-apartheid democratic elections, and this insightful two-hander explores the complex relationship between two South...

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28 Jan 2020
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Uncle Vanya review

Although Ian Rickson’s new production of Chekhov is brilliantly acted across the board, it is Toby Jones who gives the stand-out performance. Playing Uncle Vanya, he deftly balances humour and despair - with the disappointment and boredom of his provincial life plain to see. From the time he...

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22 Jan 2020
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Magic Goes Wrong review

You can accuse the members of Mischief Theatre of many things- frivolity, repetitiveness, popularism, repetitiveness - but what you absolutely can’t accuse them of is false advertising. There is a lot of magic in this show, and an equal amount of it goes wrong. If you’re buying a ticket...

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19 Dec 2019
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Curtains review

What do you get if you combine The Mousetrap, The Play That Goes Wrong and Oklahoma!? A musical whodunnit comedy. Well, at least that’s the aim of this show from John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes. It’s the opening night of Robbin Hood, but the leading lady is causing drama by her lack of...

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18 Dec 2019
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Girl from the North Country review

An orange glow dimly lights the Gielgud stage as we’re transported back to a 1934 boarding house in the town of Duluth, Minnesota. Duluth also happens to be the birthplace of Bob Dylan, whose discography provides the soundtrack to this poignant Depression-era tale. First seen at the Old Vic in...

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