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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre)

February 11, 2012

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Gosh, a busy week got suddenly busier as a ticket to Alan Ayckbourn’s revived ‘Absent Friends’ fell into my proverbial lap (falling into laps is something of a speciality of mine). From a chilly night into a rather warm Harold Pinter Theatre had me a little sleepy… and sadly, this show didn’t really spark any […]

The Changeling (Young Vic)

February 9, 2012

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Oh. My. God. This made my skin crawl. Time for a confession. For all my free-wheeling, devil-may-care, wanton ways I am at heart a compulsive neat freak. So The Young Vic’s messy, frantic, chaotic production of ‘The Changeling‘ hit me on a visceral level. That’s not a bad thing by the way. By the end […]

Smash (Pilot episode)

January 29, 2012

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The pilot episode of ‘Smash‘ was released online last week, ahead of it’s debut on US TV in February. It’s a similar tactic to the way ‘Glee‘ was launched all those years ago (playing the pilot months before the series premiere). It worked with ‘Glee‘ right? So, what do we have here. Unlike ‘Glee‘ which […]

Masterclass (Vaudeville Theatre)

January 29, 2012

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A Tony Award winning play about a famous diva – sign me up. I’d previous had to turn down tickets to see the current revival production of ‘Masterclass‘ at the Vaudeville, a situation that really, really bugs me (I hate to let tickets go to waste), so when _______ invited me to a matinee I […]

Noises Off! (The Old Vic)

January 6, 2012

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Have you ever been involved in a touring theatre production? Or, heavens forbid, a spot of am-dram? Well, no surprises here I guess, but in my younger days I was involved in more than a few productions. Some which went on for months, and much like the scenario in ‘Noises Off!’, showmances fell apart, so […]