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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

MISSED THE BOAT: Rules For Living by Debbie Gilpin

I have to admit, the main motivation I had for trying to see this play from Sam Holcroft when it ran at the National’s Dorfman Theatre back in 2015 was some of the casting (Stephen Mangan …

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Debbie’s favourite female performances of 2018 by Debbie Gilpin

Mind the Blog rounds up her favourite female performances in the theatre during 2018.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Debbie’s favourite male performances of 2018 by Debbie Gilpin

Mind the Blog rounds up her favourite male performances in the theatre during 2018.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘It’s definitely a quirkiness that sets this show apart’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Following not one, but two recent acclaimed runs (first at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in 2017, followed by a limited engagement at Hampstead Theatre earlier this year), Michael Longhurst…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘An unmissable piece of comic theatre’: MURDER FOR TWO – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Murder For Two is an unmissable murder mystery musical, showcasing the perennial popularity of detective fiction alongside some brilliant piano duets – Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are an…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Barbican by Debbie Gilpin

East meets west, as the RSC's latest production of Shakespeare's comedy gets a TOWIE makeover. Following a popular summer run at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon base, it …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Looking for some alternative festive fare? Debbie has some recommendations… by Debbie Gilpin

As you know, Mind the Blog is a Panto-Free Zone – but what if you want to find some alternative festive fare? Whether it’s family fun or something a little more grown-up, we have a selec…

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BWW Review: DIALEKTIKON, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Ex Nihilo Theatre Group bring the world premiere of Jacky Ivimy's Dialektikon to Park Theatre to close out the year in Park90, playing alongside Peter Pan in Park200. Directed by Adebayo Bol…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Missed The Boat: We Will Rock You by Debbie Gilpin

What a difference, er, 16 years makes… Despite the show spending over a decade at the Dominion Theatre, I never managed to make it to see We Will Rock You in the height of my original Quee…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What’s Debbie looking forward to in December 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

Opening in London this month is the transfer of the NT’s Nine Night (now at Trafalgar Studios), Jailbirds at the Etcetera Theatre, Pinocchio at The Albany, One For The Road at the Rosemary…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

BWW Review: TRUE WEST, Vaudeville Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

When Sam Shepard's play True West made its New York debut back in 1980 it was something of a flop - since then, however, it has been recognised as an insightful piece of theatre, with the li…

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BWW Review: STRIKING 12, Union Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

The festive season isn't everyone's favourite annual event, and this year in particular is not working out for Brendan his fiancee has left him, he's failing at work, and his friends can't t…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

‘You can’t help but be entertained’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Seussical is a bundle of feelgood fun that also incorporates some important and relatable themes, all set to a terrific score with a dazzling backdrop – Marc Pickering’s performance stea…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Why should you see Caroline, or Change? by Debbie Gilpin

A couple of weeks ago I was one of the lucky few who was allowed into the Caroline, or Change rehearsal rooms for a sneak peek at how the show was coming along, as it prepared for its West E…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Debbie begins her Wise Children 2018-19 UK tour diary by Debbie Gilpin

Earlier this year I headed out on tour with The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – well, I went to every venue on the UK leg of their tour… So with this being my year of Emma Rice, I simply had …

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Bold, harsh & beautifully realistic look’: SUPER DUPER CLOSE UP – Yard Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Super Duper Close Up at the Yard Theatre is a bold, harsh and beautifully realistic look at the fantastical world of existing in the digital age.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

BWW Review: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, and the first instalment in the multi-trilogy film series has now made its way to the Royal Alb…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘A really fun experience’: DRUNK WOMEN SOLVING CRIME – Pleasance by Debbie Gilpin

I’ve never been to a live podcast recording before so I had a little trepidation going into Drunk Women Solving Crime, not knowing quite what to expect.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Wise Children ‘has blossomed into a show as joyous as I’ve come to expect from Emma Rice’ by Debbie Gilpin

he beauty of seeing a show several times is that you can take in so many different things across the hours you spend in a theatre with it. With it being Emma Rice (and, let’s face it, Katy…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘Representing a little bit of South America’: Thoughts on The Wider Earth from cast member Marcello Cruz by Debbie Gilpin

You couldn’t ask for a much more perfect show for me than The Wider Earth. Puppets? Yes. Evolution? Yes. Natural History Museum? Yes.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘We dream in the dark’: The power of Hamilton track ‘The Room Where It Happens’ by Debbie Gilpin

The Hamilton track ‘The Room Where It Happens’ stands up well as a track to listen to on the cast recording, but something really special happens when you watch it being performed.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A masterclass in storytelling’: PICKLE JAR – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Maddie Rice (star of the recent tour of Fleabag) brings her debut play Pickle Jar to Soho Theatre, following on from an acclaimed engagement at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Debbie’s Top 10 ideas for stage adaptations by Debbie Gilpin

I thought I should have a think about what sort of things I’d like to be adapted for the stage – basically anything with a bit more originality to it than the endless parade of teen movi…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Are we in the middle of a golden age of Shakespeare productions? by Debbie Gilpin

So what can be done to make Shakespeare less boring, or prove that Shakespeare isn’t boring (depending on how you look at it)? It does feel to me that we’re in the middle of a golden age…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Fleabag by Debbie Gilpin

Thankfully, Nick Hern Books has published the playtext of Fleabag, so I thought it was about time I made the most of that for this series of posts.

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What’s Debbie looking forward to in November 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

Big openers include Pinter 4 (Moonlight/Night School), the return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Piccadilly Theatre), Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse and Hadestow…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘A challenging & intriguing watch’: JERICHO’S ROSE – Hope Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Jericho’s Rose is a challenging and intriguing watch that demonstrates a blend of various disciplines, but is also slightly repetitive at times – Lilac Yosiphon gives a committed & …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Theatrical tricks & treats for Halloween by Debbie Gilpin

There’s plenty of Halloween treats to choose from all across London, so if you fancy doing something a little bit spooky this week then here’s a selection of highlights…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘A great statement of intent from Emma Rice’: WISE CHILDREN – The Old Vic ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Wise Children is a beautifully designed and performed show, that’s faithful to the source material without ever feeling constrained by it – a great statement of intent from Emma Rice.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF JOHN WILLIAMS IN CONCERT at Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

This year sees the 40th anniversary of John Williams' first concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1978. Friday's concert would …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Full of purpose & great storytelling’: MACBETH – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Something wicked this way comes…” It’s Merely Theatre, as the company tours its brand new production of the Scottish Play in rep with Much Ado About Nothing.

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