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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

‘Every single week gets more inventive!’ The Show Must Go Online actors discuss their lockdown hit by Debbie Gilpin

I posed some questions to The Show Must Go Online returnees Luke Barton, Kristin Atherton, David Johnson and Lucy Aarden about their experiences with this weekly lockdown hit.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

‘I’m glad this version has helped me to appreciate the play more’: The Show Must Go Online’s Titus Andronicus (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

Last week was Shakespeare’s birthday, so The Show Must Go Online went all out with their latest production, holding a Titus Andronicus party in the Bard’s honour.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Lockdown has made me realise, as much as theatre, I’ve been missing live music by Debbie Gilpin

It feels slightly odd that my final show before the curtains came down wasn’t a play or musical – instead, it was a dance show.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

10 wish-list productions for future National Theatre At Home screenings by Debbie Gilpin

Following on from the instant success of National Theatre At Home streaming event, it’s got me thinking about all the other wonderful NT Live screenings that I’d love to come to the smal…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘Quite extraordinary innovation’: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

The success of Show Must Go Online’s engrossing The Taming Of The Shrew is a real credit to the company’s creativity and the magic of this emerging art form.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

‘A roaring success’: The Show Must Go Online’s Shakespeare series makes an impressive start by Debbie Gilpin

Last week saw the first production of The Show Must Go Online, a series devised by Rob Myles (who Mind the Blog regulars will recognise from Merely Theatre’s Twelfth Night and his insight …

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

‘Suffering & hope beautifully portrayed’: CAN I HELP YOU? – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Can I Help You? is a sensitively and engagingly performed play that tells an all-too-familiar tale of the battle for hope when all seems lost.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Inclusive & engaging’: MACBETH – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A bold production of the Scottish Play from Lazarus Theatre with a heavy focus on power and ambition – a great introduction to Macbeth and Shakespeare.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘The passion that Kaye has for his profession & Elton John is clear’: ELTON JOHN: IT’S A LITTLE BIT FUNNY – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny is a whistle-stop tour of Elton John’s outrageous life, with a soundtrack of some of his greatest hits performed by an excellent live band.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

‘Compelling & moving from start to finish’: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – Peacock Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A compelling & human story brought vividly to life by a company that pulses with energy – Sting’s music and Kate Prince’s choreography are a marriage made in dance heaven in Messag…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘The music is the heart & soul of this show’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A welcome return for Once, a gorgeous show with music truly at its heart and soul.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

MISSED THE BOAT: Stephen Ward by Debbie Gilpin

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Debbie Stephen Ward Photo credit: Nobby Clark I very nearly did see this one, but it opened and closed so swiftly that I didn’t really have the cha…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mind The Blog’s top five musical choices for 2020 by Debbie Gilpin

If you’re struggling with all the choice, Mind The Blog has come up with her top five musicals you do not want to miss in 2020.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

‘Wonderfully conceived & immaculately performed’: FAME THE MUSICAL – Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An energetic production of Fame that serves as a good reminder that you can’t anywhere without hard work – the choreography is superb.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Mind the Blog reflects on a theatre wish list for 2020 by Debbie Gilpin

Mind the Blog has a fairly wide-ranging wish list of things I hope to see, including major shows such as Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Magic Goes Wrong, Uncle Vanya and the Jamie Ll…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Mind the Blog’s Favourite female performances of 2019 by Debbie Gilpin

As with last year, there were too many brilliant performances to restrict this to one combined list – so once again I’ve split them up into male and female performances.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

‘A barnstorming show with laughs by the bucketload’: CURTAINS – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Curtains is a toe-tapping, giggle-inducing spectacular that stays just as true to the whodunnit – Samuel Holmes absolutely steals the show.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘An absolute treat’: THE RED SHOES – Sadler’s Wells ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Red Shoes is an absolute tour-de-force, and the perfect example of how to make dance (and ballet, in particular) accessible and engaging to a wider audience. It’s an absolute treat.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

‘An all-singing, all-dancing festive treat’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

White Christmas is an all-singing, all-dancing festive treat, full of showbiz razzmatazz and a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure – though with the memories of war lurking in…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

‘Revels in its ridiculousness’: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What can really elevate a show of this nature is the cast, and a remarkably talented set of performers have been assembled for this tour of We Will Rock You.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

‘You’re guaranteed to have a good time’: & JULIET – West End ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

& Juliet is a camp classic that’s perfect nostalgia hit for the children of the 90s, and a guaranteed hit for fans of the music – this isn’t the Shakespeare you’ll recognise from…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘Sams’ adaptation is excellent’: WHAT’S IN A NAME – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What’s In A Name is a comedy-drama that’s packed full of great one-liners while maintaining a dark edge – the cast is uniformly excellent.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘The cast of five excel themselves’: THE HOUSE OF YES – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Excellent direction combines with all design elements to create a truly atmospheric piece in The House Of Yes at the Hope Theatre, a bold choice of play that serves as a fitting end to Matth…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘A brilliant way to introduce audiences to (more) opera’: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

This rom-com opera, The Elixir of Love is great fun and incredibly engaging – a ray of sunshine on a cold autumn evening.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

’True testament to the power of music & storytelling’: WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Loud, bold & full of heart, What Girls Are Made Of is full of dynamic performances – a true testament to the power of music & storytelling.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

‘Definitely good for a giggle’: FRIENDSICAL – Edinburgh Fringe & Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Friendsical is a light-hearted musical take on one of the most popular TV comedies of recent times – good for a laugh for Friends fans.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Genre-defining’: ELECTROLYTE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Electrolyte is a special piece of theatre that fuses spoken word with all the key components of a gig – a great way to keep the mental health conversation going.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘Watch out, because the rhythm will get you!’: ON YOUR FEET! – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

One test of biography jukebox musicals is how much an uninitiated audience member ends up learning about the artist through the course of the show.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

‘Writing a play is cheaper than therapy’: Tom Hartwell’s play Before 30 has a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe by Debbie Gilpin

Tom Hartwell’s play Before 30 is now making its way up to Edinburgh for a stint at the Festival Fringe prior to a one-off performance at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York this N…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Publish: It’s been a summer of Shakespeare Dreams by Debbie Gilpin

“What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” A plethora of productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that’s what.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘An imaginative way to keep the mental health conversation going’: GREY – Ovalhouse ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Koko Brown is back with her new show Grey, following on from last year’s hit one-woman play White. This instalment of the Colour Trilogy explores depression and black women’s mental heal…

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