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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9 Dec 2019
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Amelie review

As a teenage girl in the noughties, proclaiming to be a fan of the 2001 French film Amélie was a given if you wanted to come across as quirky and cultured. The iconic movie introduced us to peculiar yet endearing Amélie Poulain and has remained a cult classic since we watched Audrey Tatou smile...

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23 Nov 2019
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A Christmas Carol review

When you step into the Old Vic auditorium for the current run of A Christmas Carol, the festive spirit begins at once. The stage thrusts out into the audience, taking over the space, with countless glowing lanterns hanging above. You’re immediately greeted by an usher dressed in full costume, who...

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20 Nov 2019
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& Juliet the Musical review

It’s been quite a year for feminist historical theatre, with SIX reigning at the Arts Theatre and Emilia opening at the Vaudeville. Now, pop meets Shakespeare as & Juliet struts its way to the Shaftesbury Theatre, fusing super-producer Max Martin’s chart toppers with star-crossed lovers in...

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19 Nov 2019
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DEAR EVAN HANSEN review

Anxiety. Suicide. Abandoned children. Dear Evan Hansen packs in as many bleak subjects as in can in two hours, and even though at times it feels like emotional manipulation on the audience, it’s easy to see why this musical for the social media age has been such a hit on Broadway since it opened...

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12 Nov 2019
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Measure for Measure review

Gregory Doran’s production of Measure for Measure is set in Vienna in the early twentieth century. The choice works well for a play all about hypocrisy, with the city’s vices thinly hidden behind its outward show of respectability and grandness. After the Duke’s decision to hand over power...

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6 Nov 2019
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Mary Poppins review

As the winter nights draw in and the grim spectre of general election politicking looms large over the daily headlines, the time could hardly be better for some escapist fun. And it really couldn’t come in any finer form than the return of Mary Poppins to the West End, to the Prince Edward...

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6 Nov 2019
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The Taming of the Shrew review

Shakespeare’s notoriously problematic comedy The Taming of the Shrew has inspired debate for centuries thanks to its tale of a man gaslighting his headstrong bride into submission. Now director Justin Audibert brings a new spin to the archetypical “battle of the sexes”, as Elizabethan England...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has recently announced that his new version of Cinderella is set to waltz into the West End later this year. Another version of Cinderella? Yes, Cinderella is one of the most popular fairy tales of all time – with too many stage adaptations to count – so, why should you be excited […]

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One of the beauties of the film Amélie is that very little happens. There’s no drama, no test of faith and no real obstacles to be overcome. And yet it’s mesmerising, whimsical and charming. So how could a musical adaptation live up to its following, especially when Yann Tiersen already created a fantastic score? Amélie […]

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