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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4 Nov 2019
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Death of a Salesman review

Like death and taxes, Arthur Miller’s stinging deconstruction of the American dream is a certainty. Certain to keep coming back to any major city with a theatre. It’s an evergreen classic of 20th-century drama that is so well-known, so quotable, that it can often come across as somewhat tired...

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29 Oct 2019
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As You Like It review

The relationship between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Barbican goes back a long way, so it is good to see it thrive with the arrival of their three summer Stratford productions in London, performed in rep by a diverse company of 27. First up is Kimberley Sykes’ effusive take on As You...

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19 Oct 2019
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Lungs review

It’s the Queen and Prince Philip, but not as we know them... As we await the third series of The Crown with Olivia Colman now taking the throne, a wonderful opportunity to see its outgoing stars Claire Foy (W) and Matt Smith (M) now presents itself at the Old Vic Theatre in Duncan Macmillan’s...

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15 Oct 2019
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The Girl Who Fell review

Sarah Rutherford's new production starts with teenage twins Lenny and Billie teasing one another - him carrying his sax, her rolling around on her wheelie shoes. Although jokey in tone, their discussion soon turns to death - the theme that drives The Girl Who Fell's plot. Sam's suicide, seemingly...

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14 Oct 2019
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Ghost Stories review

It’s close to Halloween, and Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s Ghost Stories is scaring audiences all over again at the Ambassadors Theatre in time for the spooky season. The creepy show first played to tense audiences almost ten years ago, and since then has toured the world and has also been...

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As Sara Bareilles belted out the heart-wrenching final note of ‘She Used to Be Mine’, the audience ...

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Have you heard the fetchest news in all of Theatreland? The Plastics are set to crash the West End, as the long-awaited Mean Girls the Musical transfers to London in early 2021. Keep up to date on all the latest news about the London production here. Mean Girls the Musical premiered in 2017 in Washington, DC […]

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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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