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Thursday, August 30, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Jersey Boys’ Simon Bailey by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The second national tour of Jersey Boys is fully underway and it concludes at the Mayflower in March 2019. First up in my series of interviews is Tommy Devito played by Simon Bailey.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘Great songs, talented performers & fun banter’: SOMEBODY CALL ME A CABARET! – Phoenix Artist Club by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This cabaret show not only had great performances by its leading ladies and supporting artists, but also it has the biggest heart.

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‘Just as headily thrilling as the first time you ever saw it’: SWAN LAKE – London Coliseum ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If, as a child, you had a box of treasures and would open it to admire and cherish the contents, knowing what was there but loving seeing each precious thing, you might have the same sensati…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

‘Poignant, highly relevant & thought-provoking’: BROKEN WINGS – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Broken Wings illustrates different cultural issues very well and, whilst there is further refinement required, it does not detract from the fact that it is definitely a dramatic new musical …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘A delightful story which young & old alike can enjoy’: THE SCARECROWS’ WEDDING – Leicester Square Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Once again Scamp Theatre brings to life this delightful story, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which young and old alike can enjoy. Hopefully, the memory will stay with the youngsters forever, br…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

INTERVIEW: Richard Shelton continues to follows his dreams by taking his new play Sinatra: Raw to the Edinburgh Fringe by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

‘If you never dream – then you can never have a dream come true.” This is something that Richard Shelton firmly believes in. We sat down to have a chat about just that and Richard’s…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

‘There is nothing not to like here’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

There is nothing not to like here in Madagascar The Musical. It’s bright, fun, has audience participation, brilliant choreography and great singing.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

‘Indulge yourself in an evening of pure musical delights’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If I were you I’d check out The Simon & Garfunkel Story for future dates. All the hits are there along with some lesser known ones and Philip Murray Warson and Charles Blyth are sensa…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

‘Has some deeply moving moments’: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST – Charing Cross Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It Happened in Key West has some deeply moving moments which are snatched away all too quickly and replaced by witty lines, thereby losing its potency. It promises to be a good production, b…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘Next stop the West End?’: ME AND MY GIRL – Chichester ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This really is a delightful revival of classic show Me and My Girl – next stop the West End? I think or rather I believe it so.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Brief Encounter with cast members Isabel Pollen & Jim Sturgeon by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I met with Isabel Pollen and Jim Sturgeon who play the leading roles of Laura and Alec in Brief Encounter. We spoke about what its like to re-create such an iconic film on stage.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Vision & passion for Macbeth’: In discussion with the National Theatre’s Rufus Norris by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Artistic Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris met with invited guests this week at the Theatre Royal Bath to talk about the touring production of Macbeth and his vision and passion.…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

‘A slightly bonkers romance mingled with some great songs’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I think this show will be perfect for anyone looking for an entertaining night out as long as they prepare to go with the trot, canter and gallop of a slightly bonkers romance mingled with s…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘A sublimely exquisite staging of a classic’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This production is a sublimely exquisite staging of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show. All hail Broadway Queen Kelli O’Hara for bringing her inimitable characterisation and vocal supr…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

INTERVIEW: Martin Kemp takes on the role of Billy Flynn in the West production of Chicago by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

There’s a new Billy in town – Martin Kemp takes over the role from Cuba Gooding Jr on 2 July 2018. I caught up with Martin during rehearsals.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

INTERVIEW: Bat Out of Hell’s Falco, Rob Fowler by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This week I visited the newly renamed Jim Steinman suite at the Dominion Theatre, to catch up with Rob Fowler who plays Falco in Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

INTERVIEW – Mamma Mia!’s Sara Poyzer & Georgia Louise by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

We all have our favourite Abba song, right? Imagine what’s it like to be part of the Mamma Mia! sensation, either on tour or in the West End? I spoke to Sarah Pozer who plays Donna and Geo…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘Everything for a superb night at the theatre & then some’: KISS ME, KATE – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

An impeccable five-star production from Opera North in association with Welsh National Opera. Do not be put off by the word opera this is West End musical theatre at its very, very best.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Keeps you guessing right until the end’: THE UNEXPECTED GUEST – Sonning ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Expertly directed by Brian Blessed, this charming quintessentially British murder mystery is a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

‘Sweet, endearing & perfectly charming’: IT’S ONLY LIFE – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s true what “they” say, you know, small is beautiful. This can definitely be said for the small but very beautiful It’s Only Life. This life-affirming musical makes you rediscover…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

‘One of the best productions I’m likely to see this year’: PRESSURE – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I would simply implore you to go and see this show. It’s clever, witty, exceptionally well-written, outstandingly acted and kept my attention throughout. Even knowing the outcome, I was fa…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘A good romp’: GHOST ABOUT THE HOUSE – King’s Head Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Ghost About the House at the King’s Head Theatre is a good romp, with pratfalls, slapstick and comic parodies, and loads of sight gags.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘An interesting and rewarding play’: THE UNBUILT CITY – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In The Unbuilt City, a young man and an old woman meet in the house where she has lived since childhood. At first it is difficult to imagine two characters so utterly unlike each other and w…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘It truly is a dream come true’: Toby Miles makes his West End debut as Marius in Les Miserables by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I caught up with Toby Miles who is about to make his West End debut in the long-running musical Les Misérables. We talked about his dreams, how it felt to be joining such an iconic musical,…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘In many ways ahead of its time’: THE CHALK GARDEN – Chichester ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Chalk Garden is visually stunning to look at and has some extremely impressive performances from a talented and very well-rehearsed cast.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

‘Really needs to be seen to appreciate its beauty’: THE RINK – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s a short run at Southwark Playhouse but I truly feel this production deserves several more spins around ‘The Rink‘ and definitely has a future life.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘Huge potential of this idea needs to be realised’: TRIOPERAS – Peacock Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I would recommend seeing TriOperas as an introduction to opera as it offers a good night out but would hope at some point in the future the score can be given the overhaul it desperately nee…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

‘Potential to get lost in translation’: TARTUFFE – West End ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I think some of the elements in Tartuffe might have been lost in translation, they were certainly lost on me, but for anyone who is fluent in French and English, it could be just the thing f…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

‘Well executed, solid production’: INTO THE WOODS – Cockpit Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Into the Woods at the Cockpit Theatre is a well executed, solid production with some extremely strong vocal performances.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Falls short of receiving any royal approval’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Unfortunately, H.R. Haitch just didn’t hit the mark and certainly didn’t receive my royal approval. That said, it would be the ideal antidote for an anti-Royalist or football loathing pe…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Gritty, visceral writing evokes strong emotions’: THE SWALLOW – Cervantes Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Prompted by the attack in a gay nightclub in Orlando that saw the deaths of 50 people, The Swallow is a highly emotional work exploring how loss can simultaneously separate and unite people.

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