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Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory)

June 12, 2012

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Phew… just when I thought all the drag queens were being ushered off the stage. After a rush of drag on the West End, things were looking a little… straight, but they’re back! A sequel, in a way, to the Chocolate Factory’s ‘La Cage aux Folles‘, the company turns to Harvey Fierstein‘s earlier work ‘Torch Song […]

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What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre)

May 12, 2012

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I’m having a bad run with dear Samantha Bond. This is two plays in a row with her in them that have been, well to be frank, a bit rubbish. As much as I adore her, and she’s a great actress, and as much as I enjoy her performances, even in bad pieces, I am […]

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The Woman In Black (Fortune Theatre)

April 10, 2012

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‘The Woman In Black‘ is one of those long running shows that you never bother to go and see because you always assume you’ll get around to it, and it’ll always be running. It was only the release of the film version of the story that motivated my friend K to suggest we go. We’re […]

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Lost Theatre)

March 29, 2012

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After 60 years Ken Kesey‘s novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ is still a great read with starkly intense characters and a great sense of power & control and the revival of Dale Wasserman‘s stage adaptation at Lost Theatre has a lot going for it. David Shield’s design is beautiful and clinical at the […]

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Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre)

March 20, 2012

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I love watching productions take risks and seemingly odd left turns when reviving older pieces. We’re quite used to outrageously updated versions of Shakespeare, and while director Howard Davies hasn’t been quite so radical with Noel Coward‘s ‘Hay Fever‘ he has bust the piece open and I for one approve. The interior of a country cottage […]

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Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre)

March 11, 2012

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I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about long running shows. I’ve seen too many get sloppy, and cheap – once great casts are replaced by mediocre celebrities or casts that are just not up to scratch (don’t get me wrong, I think it’s very hard for any performer to inherit a role in which […]

Posted in: Musical

Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre)

February 19, 2012

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Now this is how you do a musical! Here we have three leads who are all accomplished triple threats and a terrific dancing ensemble on a nice big stage. None of the ridiculous ‘name’ casting that’s been going on for too long. ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is a good, old fashioned musical with great numbers, fun dance […]

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